This week Oklahoma will host the 34th annual Oklahoma Open at the Howard McCasland Field House on Saturday, Nov. 27, all day. The Sooners will compete against individuals from No. 1 Oklahoma State, Air Force Academy, No. 10 Missouri and Central Oklahoma.
Last Time At Oklahoma Open
Oklahoma won five individual championships and placed seven more at their respective weight classes. Redshirt-freshman Sam Hazewinkel (125), freshman Charles Jones (157), junior E.K. Waldhaus (174) and freshman Joel Flaggert (197) won individual championships.
Hazewinkel clinched the title at 125 pounds after defeating Oklahoma State’s Ethan Kyle 10-2 and Jones won by a 11-5 decision over Eric Dabbs also from Oklahoma State. Flaggert, who wrestled unattached, defeated Kevin Lochner of Central Oklahoma, 6-2 and Waldhaus decisioned Keith Clifton from Citadel, 10-5.
The Sooners will host its first scheduled dual against University of Central Oklahoma at Norman High School on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma wrestling will continue its week with a home dual on Sunday, Dec. 12, against No. 1 Oklahoma State in the Lloyd Noble Center at 2 p.m.
Oklahoma Wrestlers Win At All-Star Classic
Oklahoma wrestlers Sam Hazewinkel and Teyon Ware won two matches at the 39th annual Marines/NWCA All-Star Classic at the campus of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Monday.
Top ranked Hazewinkel scored first with an early takedown against third ranked Nick Simmons of Michigan State. Hazewinkel, a sophomore, defeated Simmons by a 2-0 decision.
Ware, ranked third, was the second Sooner to take the mat, facing fourth ranked Cory Cooperman of Lehigh at 141 pounds. The match was a tight, low-scoring event with no takedowns. Ware got an escape in the second period and gave up an escape in the third to tie the match. The match went into double overtime, and with 14 second left, Ware was able to escape to claim the title with a 2-1 victory
Oklahoma Places Nine Wrestlers At Missouri Open
The Oklahoma wrestling team placed nine wrestlers at the fifth Missouri Open in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday. Sam Hazewinkel (125), Teyon Ware (141), Matt Storniolo (149), Austin David (197) and Jake Hager (HWT) won individual championships in their respective weight classes.
Sooners Triple Numbers
This year at the Missouri Open the Sooners had nine members of the team ranked in the top four of their respective weight classes. This number triples the amount from a year ago.
Hazewinkel Stays Low
Sophomore Sam Hazewinkel improved his numbers at the Missouri Open and Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic by only allowing a total of six points to be scored on him in decision matches. This is an impressive 12 points less then last season.
Oklahoma Wins Sixth Brockport Classic
The Sooners showed strength by winning their sixth team title at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y., two weeks ago. Oklahoma placed an impressive seven wrestlers in first place at their respective weight classes and walked away with a score of 212.5. This score was 34 points higher then the Sooners’ victory last year.
Awards At Brockport
Sam Hazewinkel and Matt Storniolo both received awards at the sixth annual Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic. At 125 pounds Hazewinkel, a sophomore, took home the award for Most Outstanding Wrestler. At 149 pounds Storniolo, a sophomore, received the award for Most Pins with three pins in 11:32.
Strength In Schedule
As usual the Sooners face a challenging schedule, but this year the team is facing an added difficulty. Their home dual facility will be under renovation during season, causing the team to hold dual meets in foreign facilities.
In addition to their facility issues, the Sooners will face some of the nation's best talent at the National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio, but the most challenging portion of their schedule will be the conference matchups. They will host conference rivals Nebraska, who is ranked No. 3 by both Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News, No. 11 Missouri and two-time defending national champion Oklahoma State. Oklahoma will face No. 1 Oklahoma State twice during regular season. The Sooners also travel to Iowa State, who are ranked No. 3 in both polls and to Stillwater for a re-match with the Cowboys.
The conference schedule will culminate with the Big 12 Championships in Omaha, Neb.