The No. 15 ranked Sooners will travel to Stillwater to face the No. 1 ranked Cowboys for the second duals match of the season on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Oklahoma will enter the match after a good showing in the Oklahoma Open where they won five individual championships and placed seven.
Seven Place At Oklahoma Open
The Oklahoma wrestling team won five individual titles and placed seven more at the Oklahoma Open on Saturday. Red-shirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel, freshman Charles Jones, junior E.K. Waldhaus, freshman Joel Flaggert and senior Leonce Crump won individual championships at 125,157, 174, 197 and HWT respectively.
The Sooners placed seven wrestlers at the tournament. Freshman Mimi Miller placed second in the 133 pound weight class, losing to Cole Provence of UCO, 5-0. Freshman Brandon Hardy placed fourth in the 133 pound weight class. Sophomore Shane Kidd placed fourth in the 141 pound weight class by a 15-9 decision over Matt Crippes of Air Force. Freshman Jeff Ecklof continued placing in every tournament this season, coming in second in the 149 pound weight class. Senior Rafael Maturino placed second in the 165 pound weight class, recording a fall in his first match at the 2:46 mark. Junior Randy Sulaver placed fourth in the 165 pound weight class after losing in overtime to Maturino. Sophomore Jake Hager placed fourth in the heavyweight division.
Three In A Row For Hazewinkel
Red-shirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel won his third consecutive tournament of the year with a deciding win over Ethan Kyle of Oklahoma State, 10-2, in the Oklahoma Open. Hazewinkel is currently undefeated at 11-0 and added three more wins to his record at the tournament. Hazewinkel’s toughest match came in the semi-finals against fellow Sooner freshman Joe Comparin. Hazewinkel barely escaped with a 1-0 decision.
OU Ranked No. 15 by Amateur Wrestling News No. 18 by InterMat
Polls by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat rank the Sooners No. 15 and No. 18, respectively. All five Big 12 Conference schools with wrestling programs are ranked in the top-20 by both polls.
Defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma State is ranked No. 1 in Amateur Wrestling News and No. 2 by InterMat, while Iowa State is No. 4 in the InterMat poll and No. 6 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll. Nebraska is ranked No. 9 by InterMat and No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News, and Missouri is No. 6 in the InterMat poll and No. 12 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll.
Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
Leonce Crump added one more pin to the list at the Oklahoma Open to remain in eighth place on the all-time pin list. Crump currently has 31 pins, 27 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list.
Ware To Defend Championships
Teyon Ware returns for his sophomore campaign after becoming the first true freshman since 1990 to win an individual NCAA championship. Ware also claimed a Big 12 title at the 141 weight class and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Big 12 Championships. He brings a 20-match winning streak into the 2003-04 season.
Ware Tops Individual Preseason Polls
Defending 141-pound NCAA champion Teyon Ware is ranked No. 1 by both the Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat polls. Senior Leonce Crump is ranked No. 3 among heavyweights in the Amateur Wrestling News poll and fourth in the Intermat poll. At 174-pounds, junior E.K. Waldhaus is ranked No. 13 by Amateur Wrestling News and 14th by Intermat. Redshirt freshman Justin Dyer sits at No. 14 at 184 pounds in the Intermat poll.
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).
Spates Closing In On Evans
Sooner coach Jack Spates tied former coach Tommy Evans for second place on the Sooners’ list of all-time coaching wins after a victory over Missouri Valley on Thursday, Nov. 20. Spates, with 140 career wins, is currently tied with Evans at No. 2 on the list behind Stan Abel, who compiled 274 wins during his 21-year Sooner career.