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OU Wrestling Ready For Top Competition In Texas
January 07, 2005

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The tenth-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team will continue its season when it takes on three opponents at the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Sooners will start their day with what should be a hard-hitting match against No. 11 Cornell. Oklahoma will also face No. 23 Navy and Purdue.
 
Seven Oklahoma wrestlers are currently ranked in at least one national poll, helping the Sooners stay extremely competitive. Sophomore Sam Hazewinkel (125) and junior Teyon Ware (141) are both undefeated this year, both earning three individual tournament titles and placed first in the All-Star Classic.
 
Last season, the Oklahoma wrestling team won two out of three duals.  The Sooners first wrestled Cornell in the second session of the tournament defeating them, 21-14.  In the fourth session, the Sooners defeated Navy, 21-13.  In Oklahoma s third and final dual of the night, the Sooners lost to Michigan, 22-16.
 
The Sooners had five multiple winners in the tournament.  Sam Hazewinkel (125), Teyon Ware (141), E.K. Waldhaus (174) and Justin Dyer (184) won all three of their matches. 
 
Against Cornell the Sooners won six matches.  Hazewinkel (125), Ware (141), Charles Jones (157), Waldhaus (174) and Dyer (184) all won their matches by decision.
 
After defeating Cornell, the Sooners defeated Navy.  Hazewinkel, Ware and Waldhaus all won their matches by decision, with Justin Dyer recording the only major decision defeating Juno Kane of Navy, 15-0. 
 
In the last session of the tournament the Sooners lost to the Wolverines.  Hazewinkel, Ware, Waldhaus and Dyer all won their matches against Michigan. 
 
Oklahoma’s first opponent, at 10 a.m., Cornell (0-0), is currently ranked one spot below Oklahoma, and will kick off the dual portion of their schedule with the Sooners. No. 11 Cornell has six wrestlers currently ranked in at least one national poll.
 
At 6 p.m., Oklahoma will face off against No. 23 Navy. Navy is currently off to a 4-0 season defeating conference opponent Franklin & Marshall.
 
The Sooners last opponent, Purdue (3-3), was ranked in the early portion of the season, but has since dropped out after a tough start, including losses to No. 12 Missouri, No. 24 Northern Illinois and No. 22 Penn. Oklahoma’s last dual is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

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