The Sooner wrestling team will travel to Arlington, Texas on Jan. 3 to compete in the Lone Star Duals after a three week Christmas break. This will be the fourth tournament the Sooners have wrestled in this season.
Sooners Defeat Bacone and Central Oklahoma
The No. 15 ranked Oklahoma wrestling team defeated Bacone College Thursday Dec. 11, 53-0, and Central Oklahoma, 33-9, at the Hamilton Field House in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Sooners recorded their first shutout of the season with an impressive win over Bacone, scoring four falls. Oklahoma added one more win Thursday against Central Oklahoma with three major decisions.
Hazewinkel Continues Winning Streak
Red-shirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel kept his undefeated streak alive after pinning Mike Copeland of Bacone at 2:27 and Jared Henning of Central Oklahoma at 3:24 in the 125 pound weight class. Hazewinkel struck fast against Bacone with a takedown in the first period at 1:56. Copeland escaped making the score 2-1. That is all Hazewinkel needed though, he took down Copeland and pinned him with 33 seconds left in the first. Hazewinkel pinned Henning, his second opponent of the night, in the second period after leading 6-2.
OU Ranked No. 16 by Amateur Wrestling News No. 15 by InterMat
Polls by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat rank the Sooners No. 16 and No. 15, 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. 1 by InterMat, while Iowa State is No. 2 in the InterMat poll and No. 2 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll. Nebraska is ranked No. 5 by InterMat and No. 4 by Amateur Wrestling News, and Missouri is No. 8 in the InterMat poll and No. 8 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll.
Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
Leonce Crump added one more pin to the list against Dillion Ward of Bacone College 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.
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 moved past former coach Tommy Evans for second place on the Sooners’ list of all-time coaching wins after two victories over Bacone College and Central Oklahoma on Thursday, Dec. 11. Spates, with 142 career wins, is currently No. 2 on the list behind Stan Abel, who compiled 274 wins during his 21-year Sooner career.