Ninth ranked Oklahoma will wrestle 13th ranked Arizona State on Saturday Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House. Arizona State is coming of a conference win over Cal State Fullerton, 22-12. The Sooners are coming off a fifth place win at the National Duals winning four out of the six duals.
OU Places Fifth At National Duals
The No. 9 Sooners traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2004 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals presented by Ice Breakers last weekend. Oklahoma won three out of four matches losing only to No. 1 Oklahoma State on Jan 17. The Sooners moved through the consolation bracket, past Central Michigan and Minnesota on their way to challenge for third place.
Oklahoma started day two off in the consolation bracket in a match-up against No. 6 Penn State. The Sooners lost the dual, 20-14, in the closing seconds of the heavy weight match sending them to wrestle No. 11 Hofstra for fifth place. Oklahoma jumped out to a 16-0 lead against Hofstra and never looked back claiming the dual and fifth place in the tournament with a 28-15 victory.
After returning from injury sophomore Teyon Ware has rolled off 14 consecutive wins all in dual competition. Ware, ranked No. 1 in the 141 pound weight class, won all six matches at the National Duals with four decisions, a major decision and a fall. Ware’s toughest match came against Central Michigan. He wrestled No. 3 Jason Mester winning by decison, 7-5. The decision came down to the third period after the score was tied, 5-5, Ware scored a takedown with 23 seconds left to win the match, 7-5.
Freshman Lead the Way
Currently five freshman start for the Sooners; Sam Hazewinkel, Mimi Miller, Jeff Ecklof, Charles Jones and Justin Dyer. Hazewinkel and Ecklof both lead the Big 12 in overall wins at 125 pounds and 149 pounds respectively. Ecklof leads the Sooners in overall falls, dual falls and ties with Hazewinkel and Leonce Crump for wins at 23.
Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
Leonce Crump added one more pin to the list against Hofstra by way of a forfeit at the National Duals on Sunday to remain in eighth place on the all-time pin list. Crump currently has 34 pins, 24 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list with 58.
Sooner Wrestling Signs New Talent
After recruiting individuals from across the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners head coach Jack Spates named four new members to their 2005 recruiting class. The class includes top ranked individuals from Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The following is a list of the Sooner’s new talent:
Blake Allen, Vinita High School, Vinita, Okla.
Jerome Featherstone, Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, Joppa, Md.
Jake Jackson, Hebron High School, Carrolton, Texas
Jarrod King, Connellsville High School, Connellsville, Pa.
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).