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OU Wrestling Travels To Iowa State
January 27, 2005

This Week
The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will travel to Ames, Iowa to wrestle against third-ranked Iowa State on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m.

Last Time Against Iowa State
Last season, the Oklahoma wrestling team lost a hard fought home dual against Iowa State, 19-16. The Sooners started off strong and won their first four matches, going up on the score board 13-0. 

Freshman Justin Dyer at 184 pounds started the night off with an upset over No. 7 Kurt Backes, 9-6. Dyer began the match with a takedown at the 2:15 mark in the first period, but Backes escaped making the score 2-1.  The score was tied after two periods at 6-6; Dyer scored three points by an escape and a takedown to pull off the upset that propel the Sooners into the lead, 3-0. 

Freshman Sam Hazewinkel (125) was on top of his game and did not allow any points to be scored by Grant Nakamura.  The first period ended scoreless, but Hazewinkel rolled off nine consecutive points to win the match by a 9-0 major decision. 

The Cyclones bounced back by defeating the Sooners in the next five matches.  Oklahoma ended the night by winning the last match, but still lost the dual, 19-16

One of the key losses of the night came at the 157 pound where Charles Jones failed to make weight, causing a forfeit for the Sooners.

Defending national champion Teyon Ware suffered his first defeat of the year in the match.  The loss snapped Ware’s 35 match win streak that had carried over from his previous season.  Ware lost to No. 4 Nate Gallick in the closest match of the night.  In the first period their was no action by either wrestler, and Ware scored the only point of the second.  In the third period, Gallick won 3-2 with 50 seconds left.

The last win of the night for the Sooners came from E.K. Waldhaus at 174 pounds.  Waldhaus jumped out to an 8-3 first period lead. Turner scored all the points of the second period to make the score 8-5, but Waldhaus scored another takedown in the third to make the final 10-7.
 
Weight-By-Weight Results
184: Dyer (OU)
Dec. 9-6 Backes (ISU)
197: David (OU) Dec. 3-1 Smith (ISU)
HWT: Crump (OU) Dec. 11-4 Coleman (ISU)
125: Hazewinkel (OU) Maj. Dec. 9-0 Nakamura (ISU)
133: Roberson (ISU) Maj. Dec. 16-7 Miller (OU)
141: Gallick (ISU) Dec. 3-2 Ware (OU)
149:
Trent Paulson (ISU) Dec.4-2 Ecklof (OU)
157: Travis Paulson (ISU) Fall by forfeit (OU)
165:
Passolano (ISU) Dec. 9-3 Maturino (OU)
174: Waldhaus (OU) Dec. 10-7 Turner (ISU)

Up Next
The Sooners will host a double-header against Oregon State and Oregon at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma will continue with a dual against Missouri at Norman High School on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m.

Sooners Place Fifth At National Duals
The University of Oklahoma wrestling team placed fifth at the 2005 Cliff/NWCA National Duals presented by Hershey’s SmartZone Bar at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. During the two day event the Sooners defeated No. 12 Central Michigan, 20-19, No. 21 Penn State, 27-13, Cleveland State, 39-3, No. 4 Michigan, 24-12, and lost to No. 2 Illinois, 21-12 and No. 5 Lehigh, 29-14.

Seeded eighth, the Sooners controlled their first dual of the day against Penn State and won eight out of ten matches, four against ranked opponents.

At 149 pounds, Matt Storniolo, faced his former teammates for the first time since transferring to Oklahoma in September. Storniolo dominated Jack Decker allowing no points to be scored against him, while he scored 10 points in nearfalls.

Oklahoma faced No. 2 seed Illinois in the second dual of the day. No. 1 Sam Hazewinkel (125) defeated No. 2 Kyle Ott by a 4-2 decision with a takedown in overtime, which expanded his winning streak to 22-0. The Sooners won at 125, 141, 149, and HWT, but failed to take control and lost the dual, 21-12.

Oklahoma came back in the third round to dominant Cleveland State, 39-3. Oklahoma’s lineup included freshmen Trey Blakely (133) and Jerome Featherstone who defeated their opponents by decisions.

Highlighting the afternoon for the Sooners was their upset over No. 3 seed Michigan in the last dual of the night by an impressive 24-12 victory. Hazewinkel (24-0) and Ware (22-0) ended the night with their undefeated records in tacked.

At 197 pounds, Joel Flaggert returned to the Sooners lineup and pinned Steven Heleniak of Michigan at the 1:53 mark.

The next day, Oklahoma was plagued with injury during the matchup against Lehigh, forfeiting at 149 and 197 pounds, as well as losing Joe Comparin (133) to injury Saturday.

Scoring points for the Sooners were sophomore Sam Hazewinkel, Teyon Ware, Justin Dyer and Jake Hager. Hazewinkel (125) extended his winning streak to 25 by defeating Andrew Rizzi by a tech fall at the 3:48 mark. At 141 pounds, second-ranked Ware beat No. 4 Cory Cooperman by decision, 2-1. No. 14 Dyer defeated Matt Cassidy by a 5-0 decision and Hager (HWT) beat Tom Curl by a decision, 7-3.

The Sooners last dual was against 13th-ranked Central Michigan in the battle for fifth place. Oklahoma took an early lead; Hazewinkel earned a major decision over No. 13 Luke Smith, 12-4. The Sooners received a forfeit at 133 pounds, which jumped the team to a 10-0 gain. At 141 pounds, Ware beat Brandon Carter by a major decision, 10-1, and gave OU a 14-0 lead. The Sooners gave up six points by a forfeit at 149 pounds, but Charles Jones (157) fought back to defeat Eric Neil by a 7-1 decision. Oklahoma then lost the next three consecutive matches leaving the team score 17-16 Oklahoma. At 197 pounds, Joel Flaggert sealed their fate with a decision over Wynn Michalak, 10-6.

Hazewinkel (26-0) and Ware (24-0) finish the weekend with six consecutive victories and Storniolo (149) and Dyer (184) finish with four.

Sooners Remain Undefeated
Oklahoma has compiled a 12-3 record heading into the Iowa State dual on Suday. OU has two wrestlers who are undefeated on the season. At 125 pounds, Sam Hazewinkel has compiled 26 straight victories during his sophomore campaign, while Teyon Ware (141) is 24-0.

Hazewinkel currently holds the longest winning streak of his college career, while Ware is 11 wins short of his 35 match winning streak last season.

Oklahoma Moves Up In Rankings
After their fifth place finish at the 2005 National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio, last week, Oklahoma jumped from No. 10 in Wrestling Mall, W.I.N. Magazine and NWCA rankings to No. 9 in Wrestling Mall and W.I.N. Magazine and No. 4 in NWCA rankings.

The climb came after the Sooners wrestled six matches at National Duals defeating No. 12 Central Michigan, 20-19, No. 21 Penn State, 27-13, Cleveland State, 39-3, No. 4 Michigan, 24-12, and only lost to No. 2 Illinois, 21-12 and No. 5 Lehigh, 29-14.

Teammates Tie Record
At the 2005 National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio, last week, three Sooners tied Danny Hodge, Frank DeAngelis and Mark Tatum for the 20th spot on the OU’s single-season pins list, with 10. Sam Hazewinkel (125) has eight pins and two tech falls, Matt Storniolo (141) has nine pins and one tech fall and Justin Dyer (184) has seven pins and three tech falls on the season.

2005 NCAA Championships
The 75th NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships take place March 17-19, 2005 at the Savvis Center in St.Louis, Mo. The Gateway City becomes the first city to host the tournament in back-to-back years. For information on the 2005 Championships, call the OU ticket office at 1-800-456-4668 or visit www.SoonerSports.com to download an order form.  To ensure consideration for tickets, your completed application (including credit card information) must be received in the ticket office by Friday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.

Championship Tickets
Good seats are still available for the 2005 Championships. Fans can order tickets by calling the OU ticket office at 1-800-456-4668 or by downloading the official ticket application online at www.SoonerSports.com. All session mezzanine level tickets are $100 and provide admittance to all six sessions of the tournament.

Vote For the 75th Anniversary Team
The 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis will feature a special 75th anniversary celebration, marking 75 years of college wrestling’s biggest and most exciting event. The 75th anniversary celebration will take place in between sessions three and four on Friday, March 18. Leading up to the championships, fans are encouraged to cast their votes for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 75th anniversary team. That team - which will include 15 of the greatest wrestlers in collegiate wrestling history will be introduced and honored at the celebration in St. Louis. You can vote now for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 75th anniversary team by visiting www.nwcaonline.com or by accessing the link at www.ncaasports.com.

Oklahoma’s Probable Line-Up Against Iowa State
125 Pounds: Sam Hazewinkel (26-0)
133 Pounds: Joe Comparin (12-11) or Trey Blakely (2-2)
141 Pounds: Teyon Ware (24-0)
149 Pounds: Matt Storniolo (25-2)
157 Pounds: Charles Jones (11-8) or Jerome Featherstone (3-1)
165 Pounds: Randy Sulaver (10-14)
174 Pounds: E.K. Waldhaus (22-5)
184 Pounds: Justin Dyer (23-7)
197 Pounds: Joel Flaggert (12-4) or Austin David (6-8)
Hwt Pounds: Jake Hager (20-6)

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