Feb. 23, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 19 Oklahoma wrestling team fell by a score of 38-3 to the top-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys today in Stillwater, Oklal., at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the Bank of Oklahoma Bedlam Series sponsored by the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Oklahoma State extended its all-time series to 113-24-9 and its current win streak to nine duals.

"We knew coming in that this would be a long day," said head coach Jack Spates. "With seven starters and four All-Americans out, we can't expect to come in and not get beat by someone as good as Oklahoma State. We need to stay focused and come back strong at the Big 12 Championships."

Oklahoma State began the dual with a decision by No. 2 Chris Pendleton of Oklahoma's No. 4 Robbie Waller, 5-3. The Sooners forfeited at 184 and 197 pounds due to injury. Oklahoma's heavyweight Jake Hager came back from a three point deficit in the first period to tie the match up in the second period with No. 18 Willlie Gruenwald. However, Hager was unable to capitalize and Gruenwald claimed the heavyweight match, 6-4.

The Cowboys led by a team score of 18-0 entering the 125 pound battle. OSU would extend their lead to 21 with a 3-1 decision of OU's Bo Maynes by Skyler Holman. Holman scored a last second takedown to hold the Sooners scoreless. The Sooners wrestled junior Daniel Caruthers at 133 pounds in place of an injured Witt Durden. Caruthers fell by a score of 16-4 to defending national champion Johhny Thompson.

The 141 pound match-up between OU's No. 2 Teyon Ware and top-ranked Zack Esposito lived up to the hype. Ware recorded his second upset of the year over Esposito by a score of 4-3. The match went scoreless through the first period and Esposito held a 1-0 lead entering the third period of play, but was unable to stop Ware, who recorded a reversal and a near fall to put the Sooners on the board.

Oklahoma's Danny Rubenstein was defeated by Ronnie Delk by a 14-6 major decision at 149 pounds and Sooner Rafael Maturino fell at 157 pounds to No. 3 Shane Roller, 9-3. Oklahoma State won the final match of the dual when Tyrone Lewis, who is ranked second in the nation at 165 pounds, pinned Sooner Wes Roberts by a score of 6:01. Oklahoma will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the Big 12 Championships on March 8.

Individual Scores
125 pounds: No. 9 Skyler Holman, OSU dec. No. 6 Bo Maynes, OU, 3-1
133 pounds: No. 2 Johnny Thompson, OSU maj. dec. Daniel Caruthers, OU, 16-4
141 pounds : No. 2 Teyon Ware, OU dec. No. 1 Zack Esposito, OSU, 4-3
149 pounds: Ronnie Delk, OSU maj. dec. Danny Rubenstein, OU, 14-6
157 pounds: No. 3 Shane Roller, OSU dec. Rafael Maturino, OU, 9-3
165 pounds: No. 2 Tyrone Lewis, OSU fall Wes Roberts, 6:01
174 pounds: No. 2 Chris Pendleton, OSU dec. No. 4 Robbie Waller, OU, 5-3
184 pounds: No. 13 Jake Rosholt, OSU forfeit
197 pounds: No. 3 Muhammed Lawal, OSU forfeit
Heavyweight: No. 18 Willie Gruenwald, OSU dec. Jake Hager, 6-4