The No. 13 Sooners will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 17-18 to compete in the Cliff Keen National Duals presented by Ice Breakers all day.
The Sooners will wrestle against such teams as: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Cornell, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 5 Missouri, No. 19 West Virginia, Cleveland State, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 20 Northern Iowa, No. 18 Pennsylvania, No. 17 Central Michigan, No. 12 Penn State, No. 11 Hofstra and Michigan State.
Oklahoma’s first match will start at 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 17 against No. 14 Ohio State.
Sooners Win Two Matches In Return Home
The 13th-ranked defeated No. 24 Cal Poly, 34-9, and No. 25 Fresno State, 30-3, Saturday night at the Howard McCasland Field House. The Sooners fell behind 6-0 early to Cal Poly and then rolled off three falls in a row and never looked back. In the second dual of the night the Sooners wrestled Fresno State to a 30-3 score paced by Rafael Maturino, who recorded a fall at the 6:24 mark.
The Sooners had six wrestlers who won both of their matches against Cal Poly and Fresno State. Teyon Ware, Jeff Ecklof, Maturino, Justin Dyer, E.K. Waldhaus and Leonce Crump won multiple matches at 141, 149, 165, 184, 174, and HWT, respectively.
Sooner Wrestling Signs New Talent
After recruiting individuals from across the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners head coach Jack Spates named four new members to their 2005 recruiting class. The class includes top ranked individuals from Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The following is a list of the Sooner’s new talent:
Blake Allen, Vinita High School, Vinita, Okla.
Jerome Featherstone, Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, Joppa, Md.
Jake Jackson, Hebron High School, Carrolton, Texas
Jarrod King, Connellsville High School, Connellsville, Pa.
Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
Leonce Crump added one more pin to the list against Dillion Ward of Bacone College on Dec. 11 to remain in eighth place on the all-time pin list. Crump currently has 32 pins, 26 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list with 58.
This year’s freshman class is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News.
Oklahoma adds 13 newcomers to its team this season, including 11 freshmen. The freshman class includes a host of proven winners, including five two-time state champions and one three-time state champion.
Schedule Includes Nation’s Best
Oklahoma’s schedule includes seven duals against ranked opponents. The Sooners face No. 1 Oklahoma State December 7 in Stillwater and February 8 in Norman. All five Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 20 by both the Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News polls. Other ranked opponents for the Sooners include Cal Poly (No. 20-Amateur Wrestling News) and Arizona State (No. 17-Amateur Wrestling News, No. 20-Intermat).