Oklahoma To Host Last Home Duals Of The Season

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 03, 2004

The Sooners return to action this weekend to host the last two home duals of the season.  Oklahoma will host Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House and No. 1 Oklahoma State on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Spartans come into Norman with a 1-8 record and 0-4 in Big 10 action.  Michigan State has one wrestler ranked in the top 20.  Freshman Andy Simmons is currently ranked eighth and will be matched up against second ranked Teyon Ware at 141 pounds.  The Sooners lead the all-time series with the Spartans, 32-7.  The meet will be webcast on the O-Zone at SoonerSports.com starting at 6:50 p.m. 

The Bedlam Series presented by the Bank of Oklahoma and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers will be the third dual between the schools this season.  Oklahoma State won the previous two meetings and is currently ranked No. 1.  The Cowboys won the first dual 23-12 in Stillwater, the next dual was at the National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio where Oklahoma State won 29-10.  The Cowboys lead the all-time series 110-24-6.  The Sooners will try to pick up their first win in  their last 17 meetings against the Cowboys live on KSBI TV-52 at 4 p.m.

Sooners In The Rankings
125 Pounds:  12. Sam Hazewinkel, Fr
141 Pounds:  3. Teyon Ware, So
149 Pounds:  10. Jeff Ecklof, Fr
174 Pounds:  13. E.K. Waldhaus, Jr
184 Pounds:  9. Justin Dyer, Fr
285 Pounds:  4. Leonce Crump, Sr
Amateur Wrestling News
125 Pounds:  12. Sam Hazewinkel, Fr
141 Pounds:  2. Teyon Ware, So
149 Pounds:  12. Jeff Ecklof, Fr
174 Pounds:  12. E.K. Waldhaus, Jr
184 Pounds:  8. Justin Dyer, Fr
285 Pounds:  4. Leonce Crump, Sr
Oklahoma Finishes 1-1 Against Iowa State And N.C. State
The eighth ranked Oklahoma wrestling team lost a hard fought meet to No. 8 Iowa State, 19-16, on Friday at the Howard McCasland Field House.  The Sooners started off the meet strong winning their first four matches and going up on the score board 13-0.  The Cyclones bounced back with 19 unanswered points winning the next five matches.  Oklahoma ended the night by winning the last match, but still lost the meet. 

Oklahoma, however did pick up a win over North Carolina State, 39-3, on Saturday.  The Sooners overcame the loss at the hands of Iowa State to win big against N.C. State recording three falls and three major decisions.  Oklahoma won all of their matches except at 197 pounds, losing that match in overtime.  The win marks the sixth time the Sooners and Wolfpack have met, with Oklahoma winning all six. 

Sooner Pride
The Sooners have three seniors on the roster which will wrestle in their last home matches of their collegiate careers.  Leonce Crump, Rafael Maturino and Daniel Caruthers are all ending their home careers this weekend.  Maturino has posted a 36-30 record while at OU.  Crump has posted a 97-18 record which is 17 wins short of tying Andre Metzger and Andy Foster for 10th place.  Caruthers record is 14-13 with 1-4 record for his senior season. 

Sooners Leading The Big 12
Sam Hazewinkel, Jeff Ecklof and Leonce Crump all lead the Big 12 as of Jan. 27 in wins at their respecitive weight classes of 125, 149 and HWT.  Hazewinkel has 25 wins, Ecklof has 24 and Crump has 26 wins, which also leads the team. 

E.K. Waldhaus is tied for the lead at the 174 pound weight class with 24 with Chris Pendelton of Oklahoma State.  

After returning from injury sophomore Teyon Ware has rolled off 16-2 overall record.  Ware wrestled in the 2004 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by United States Marines Corps at the University of Northern Iowa tonight.  The All-Star Classic puts the nation’s top wrestlers against each other in matches that are often a preview of the upcoming NCAA championships.

Ware was matched up against second ranked Scott Moore of Virginia in the 141 pound weight class.  The match went to overtime after a 6-6 tie at the end of regulation.  Moore ended up winning the match in overtime, 11-7.  Ware will look to redeem himself this weekend when No. 8 Andy Simmons of Michigan State comes to town. 

Ware currently leads the team along with Leonce Crump and Jeff Ecklof for falls in dual competition with four. 

Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
Leonce Crump added one more pin to the list over Jainor Palma of North Carolina State on Saturday to remain in eighth place on the all-time pin list.  Crump needs just one more fall to move into a three way tie for sixth place.  Crump currently has 35 pins, 23 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list with 58.

Freshmen Lead the Way
This year’s freshmen class was preseason ranked third in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News.  Currently five freshman start for the Sooners; Sam Hazewinkel, Mimi Miller, Jeff Ecklof, Charles Jones and Justin Dyer.  Hazewinkel is currently 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference and is ranked 12th nationally.  Ecklof, ranked 10th, ties the Sooners with Leonce Crump in overall falls with nine and dual falls with four, tied with Teyon Ware and Crump.  Dyer, ranked eighth, upset No. 7 Kurt Backes of Iowa State over the weekend by a 9-6 decision. 



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