Jan. 26, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The third-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team lost a close match to 20th-ranked Missouri at the Howard McCasland field house in front of a crowd of 505 wrestling fans Sunday. OU (11-5) took a one-point lead into the heavyweight match, but was unable to hold on for the win. Fifth-ranked senior Witt Durden scored a technical fall over Chris McCormick, 23-8, to record his 100 career victory. Durden scored the first two takedowns of the match and a two-point near fall at 2:19 in the first period. Oklahoma concluded a busy weekend, which included wins against Oregon State (24-15) and Oregon (21-13).

"I was impressed with our performance," said head coach Jack Spates. "We showed intensity, good technique and we battled. We wrestled a lot harder today than we did all weekend. I was very pleased. We are going to have a battle against Nebraska, but hopefully we will have most of our line-up back."

Oklahoma's unranked heavyweight, Jake Hager, was unable to contain Missouri's 17th-ranked Kevin Herron. Herron pinned Hager at :56 for the dual win. Oklahoma's Bo Maynes controlled the 125-pound match until the final period when Mark Bader finally scored an escape. Maynes decisioned Bader by a score of 4-1, while the 141-pound battle was also decided in Oklahoma's favor. Freshman Teyon Ware locked up an 8-3 decision to defeat Missouri's J.P. Reese at 141 pounds.

Missouri prevailed at the middle weights, where Oklahoma gave up 13 points. Oklahoma's 149-pound wrestler Danny Rubenstein was unable to hold back Missouri's Jeremy Spates, who scored the major decision, 16-5. Junior Rafael Maturino lost a close 3-1 decision at 157 pounds to 12th-ranked Kenny Burleson and 165-pound sophomore Wes Roberts was unable to hold off eighth-ranked Tyron Woodley, who scored the pin at 2:47.

The Sooners trailed Missouri going into the 174-pound match when senior Robbie Waller pinned Matt Turner at 6:08. The Tigers answered back as fifth-ranked Scott Barker recorded the fall at 1:29 over Oklahoma's Derrick Brown at 184 pounds. Senior Tom Grossman decisioned Dante Stone, 7-4, to put the Sooners on top by a score of 20-19 and give them their final win of the dual.

The Sooners will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Individual Scores
125 Pounds:No. 11/8 Bo Maynes (30-4), OU dec. Mark Bader (7-6), Missouri, 4-1
133 Pounds:No. 5/6 Witt Durden (16-3), OU tech. fall Chris McCormick (5-5), Missouri, 23-8
141 Pounds:No. 3/6 Teyon Ware (21-4), OU dec. No. 13/12 J.P. Reese, Missouri, 8-3
149 Pounds:No. 8/12 Jeremy Spates (8-3), Missouri maj. dec. Danny Rubenstein (3-7), OU, 16-5
157 Pounds:No. 12/11 Kenny Burleson (13-1), Missouri dec. Rafael Maturino (15-14), OU, 3-1
165 Pounds:No. 8/9 Tyron Woodley (11-3), Missouri fall Wes Roberts (15-12), OU, 2:47
174 Pounds:No. 7/3 Robbie Waller (23-5), OU fall Matt Turner (5-7), Missouri, 6:08
184 Pounds:No. 5/6 Scott Barker (6-1), Missouri fall Derrick Brown (2-6), OU, 1:29
197 Pounds:No. 14/15 Tom Grossman (14-1), OU dec. No. 19/18 Dante Stone (8-6), Missouri, 7-4
Heavyweight:No. 17/15 Kevin Herron (12-2), Missouri fall Jake Hager (1-3), OU, :56