The Sooners will return to action after a three week Christmas break to host their third home dual against Army on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The dual will be held at Midwest City High School in Midwest City, Okla. The Oklahoma wrestling team will then travel to Arlington, Texas, for the Lone Star Duals on Saturday, Jan. 8. This will be the fourth tournament the Sooners have wrestled in this season.
Last Time Against Army
The Sooners faced Army at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic in November. The Sooners showed strength by winning their sixth team title at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y. 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.
Army placed fifth with 82 points. Five OU wrestlers competed against Army at Brockport. Oklahoma's Joe Comparin (133) defeated Tony Severo, Teyon Ware (141) defeated Rush Williams and Patrick Simpson, Mat Storniolo (149) defeated Aaron Werimont, Justin Dyer (197) defeated Charles Martin and Jake Hager (HWT) defeated Nate Thobaben and Joe Forsman.
Last Year At Lone Star Duals
Last year the Sooners shined at the Lone Star Duals winning two out of three matches. Oklahoma defeated Cornell, 22-16, in the second session of the tournament and defeated Navy, 21-13, in the fourth session. The Sooners lost to Michigan, 22-16, in the seventh session.
Sam Hazewinkel (125), Teyon Ware (141), E.K. Waldhaus (174) and Justin Dyer (184) won all three matches on the night.
OSU Defeats Sooner Wrestling, 21-16
The eighth-ranked Sooners were defeated by top ranked Oklahoma State on Sunday, Dec 12, in the Lloyd Noble Center, 21-16. Oklahoma won four matches on the night with senior E.K. Waldhaus upsetting top-ranked and defending national champion, Chris Pendleton, by an 11-10 decision. Also scoring for the Sooners were Sam Hazewinkel (125), Joe Comparin (133), Teyon Ware (141) and Justin Dyer (184).
Oklahoma won the first three matches and led with a team score of 10-0. Hazewinkel started the Sooners out strong with a major decision over Derrick Fleenor, 13-2. Comparin kept up the pace with a win over Justin Porter in overtime, 4-2, and Ware defeated Ronnie Delk, 9-6.
In front of 2871 people Waldhaus (174), ranked seventh, defeated Pendleton by an 11-10 decision and tied the team score at 13.
With a team score of 17-16 in favor of Oklahoma State the dual came down to the heavyweight match. Top-ranked Steve Mocco defeated Oklahomas Jake Hager by major decision, 13-2.
Waldhaus Moves Up In The Rankings
E.K. Waldhaus, a senior, moved up the rankings after defeating Oklahoma State's defending national champion Chris Pendelton.
Waldhaus moved from seventh to fourth, while Pendleton droppedfrom first to second. Waldhaus and Pendleton will again face off in Cleveland, Ohio, at National Duals on Saturday, Jan. 22 and in Stillwater, Okla., at the second Bedlam series on Sunday, Feb. 20.
Hazewinkel Continues Winning Streak
At 125 pounds Sam Hazewinkel is undefeated against Oklahoma State in his career. Last year, Hazewinkel, a redshirt freshman, defeated Oklahoma State's Ethan Kyle, Cody Stites and Derek Stevens. This season Hazewinkel defeated Derrick Fleenor at the Sooners first Bedlam in Norman.
Hazewinkel has recorded three decisions and major decisions against Oklahoma State competition. Hazewinkel is the only current starter for the Sooners to go undefeated against Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Competition Between Teammates
Matt Storniolo (149), Sam Hazewinkel (125) and E.K. Waldhaus (174) lead the Sooners in falls. Storniolo is in first place with eight, Hazewinkel and Waldhaus tie for second with six. Storniolo is two falls short of tying Danny Hodge, Frank DeAngelis and Mark Tatum for the twentieth spot, with 10 single-season pins.
Sam Hazewinkel (125) and E.K. Waldhaus (174) have already each defeated two ranked opponents. Hazewinkel defeated No. 3 Nick Simmons of Michigan State by a 2-0 decision at the All Star Classic and No. 7 Mark McKnight of Buffalo by a 6-1 decision at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic.
Last season Hazewinkel had a 10-4 record against top 20 ranked opponents, including defeating top-ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska in the Big 12 finals, 5-2. Waldhaus defeated No. 1 Chris Pendelton of Oklahoma State be an 11-10 decision at the first Bedlam series of the season and No. 15 Brady Richardson of Indiana by a 5-3 decision.
Last season Waldhaus posted a 4-5 record against top 20 ranked opponents.
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.