Sooner Wrestling Moves Into Third At NCAA Championships

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 20, 2003

March 20, 2003

Kansas City, Mo. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team is in third place with a score of 25.5 at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., at Kemper Arena. The Sooners moved up from fourth place with pins from Rafael Maturino (157 pounds) and Josh Lambrecht (184 pounds) and wins from all five other Sooners. Oklahoma is just one point shy of second place Lehigh.

Senior Bo Maynes defeated North Carolina's Chris Rodriguez in a 5-1 decision at 125 pounds. This is the second time that Maynes has bested Rodriguez this season, the other was an 8-0 major decision at the NWCA All-Star Classic. Maynes, a sixth seed, will grapple third seeded Ben Vombaur of Boise State in the quarterfinals.

Sooner Witt Durden, a senior from Dublin, Ga., had a 133-pound pigtail match in the consolation bracket against Joe Cristaldi of Drexel. Durden recorded the 7-5 decision to advance and meet Oregon's Jason Harless. Durden defeated Harless with a 6-2 decision and will meet Sam Hiatt of Northern Illinois tomorrow morning.

Freshman Teyon Ware moved into the quarterfinals at 141 pounds with a win over Mike Messina of Sacred Heart. Ware scored all four points in the final period and recorded riding time for the 5-4 decision over Messina. Ware's match tomorrow will be against Phillip Simpson of Army.

Junior 157-pound wrestler Rafael Maturino scored a fall at 1:27 over Amir Khan of Rutgers. Maturino defeated Khan earlier this season in a 10-2 major decision. Maturino advances to meet Justin Nestor from Pittsburgh tomorrow.

Oklahoma's Robbie Waller defeated Rashad Evans of Michigan State at 174 pounds to remain in the championship bracket. Waller scored a takedown and escape in the second period, while holding Evans scoreless throughout the match. Waller's 3-0 decision will pit him against Appalachian State's Mark Fee in tomorrow's quarterfinal action.

Senior Josh Lambrecht recorded his second fall of the tournament when he pinned Illinois' Pete Friedl at 2:53. Lambrecht will face Cornell's Clint Wattenberg in the 184-pound quarterfinals. Lambrecht lost to Wattenberg at the National Duals by a score of 6-3.

Unseeded Tom Grossman scored a huge upset at 197 pounds when he defeated third seeded Justin Ruiz from Nebraska. Grossman scored the 7-6 decision and will meet sixth seeded Damion Hahn from Minnesota in the third round.

Oklahoma will begin quarterfinal action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Kansas City, Mo., at Kemper Arena.

Team Scores
1.Oklahoma State35
2.Lehigh        26.5
5.Iowa     19.5

Second Round Results (March 20, 6:30 p.m.) 125 Pounds: Bo Maynes, Oklahoma dec. Chris Rodrigues, North Carolina, 5-1 133-Pound Pigtail: Witt Durden, Oklahoma dec. Joe Cristaldi, Drexel, 7-5 133 Pounds: Witt Durden, Oklahoma dec. Jason Harless, Oregon, 6-2 141 Pounds:Teyon Ware, Oklahoma dec. Mike Messina, Sacred Heart, 5-4 157 Pounds:Rafael Maturino, Oklahoma fall Amir Khan, Rutgers, 1:27 174 Pounds: Robbie Waller, Oklahoma dec. Rashad Evans, Michigan State, 3-0 184 Pounds:Josh Lambrecht, Oklahoma fall Pete Friedl, Illinois, 2:53 197 Pounds:Tom Grossman, Oklahoma dec. Justin Ruiz, Nebraska, 7-6

First Round Results (March 20, 11 a.m.) 125 Pounds: Bo Maynes, Oklahoma dec. Adam Smith, Penn State, 5-3 133-Pound Pigtail: Witt Durden, Oklahoma maj. dec. Rene Hernandez, Purdue, 13-2 133 Pounds: Evan Sola, North Carolina dec. Witt Durden, Oklahoma, 6-2 141 Pounds:Teyon Ware, Oklahoma tech. fall Juan Mora, Cal State-Fullerton, 18-3, 7:00 157 Pounds:Scott Owen, Northern Illinois maj. dec. Rafael Maturino, Oklahoma, 19-7 174 Pounds: Robbie Waller, Oklahoma dec. Eddy Gifford, Fresno State, 2-1 184-Pound Pigtail: Josh Lambrecht, Oklahoma dec. Ralph DeNisco, Wisconsin, 10-6 184 Pounds: Josh Lambrecht, Oklahoma fall Brian Neuman, Duquesne, 4:17 197 Pounds:Tom Grossman, Oklahoma dec. Josh Carroll, Appalachian State, 8-3



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