Wrestling Team Gears Up For Bedlam Showdown

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 05, 2002

Dec. 5, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team hosts Oklahoma State in a bedlam dual Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. The fourth-ranked Sooners will play host to the top-ranked Cowboys in their Big 12 Conference opener. Oklahoma brings seven wrestlers ranked in the top 20 and 11 individual open titles into the match.

Oklahoma State defeated OU in both regular season meetings (18-15 and 17-8) last year. OSU leads the series 111-24-9.

The Sooners boast five returning All-Americans slated to compete on Sunday. Probable starters include No. 2/2 Witt Durden at 133 pounds, No. 9/11 Nate Parker at 141 pounds, No. 2/2 Robbie Waller at 174 pounds, No. 1/1 Josh Lambrecht at 184 pounds and No. 3/3 Leonce Crump at heavyweight. Crump, Durden and Lambrecht will enter the Oklahoma State dual undefeated with five open tournament titles between them.

No. 11/10 Bo Maynes (125 pounds), Beau DeArmon (149 pounds), Rafael Maturino (157 pounds), Wes Roberts (165 pounds) and No. 15/13 Tom Grossman (197 pounds) will also be featured in the Oklahoma lineup.

One of the top matchups will come at 141 pounds when OU senior Nate Parker takes on OSU's second-ranked freshman Zach Esposito. Another key matchup occurs at 133 pounds as Oklahoma's second-ranked Witt Durden will take on top-ranked NCAA Champion Johnny Thompson or Cody Stites of Oklahoma State. No. 14/11 Tom Grossman of OU is also set to grapple with OSU's top-ranked Muhammed Lawal at 197 pounds.

Oklahoma State brings returning All-Americans Skylar Holman (125 pounds), Shane Roller (157 pounds) and Tyrone Lewis (165 pounds). Rounding out the Cowboys line up will be Jerrod Sanders (149 pounds), Chris Pendleton (174 pounds), Jake Rosholt (184 pounds) and Willie Gruenwald (heavyweight).

Sooner's Lineup

125 Pounds: No. 11/10 Bo Maynes 133 Pounds: No. 2/2 Witt Durden 141 Pounds: No. 9/11 Nate Parker 149 Pounds: Beau DeArmon 157 Pounds: Rafael Maturino 165 Pounds: Wes Roberts 174 Pounds: No. 2/6 Robbie Waller 184 Pounds: No. 1/1 Josh Lambrecht 197 Pounds: No. 14/11 Tom Grossman Heavyweight: No. 3/3 Leonce Crump

Rankings are based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat polls.



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