Nov. 22, 2002

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Open on Nov. 24. The Sooners will face competition from No. 5/6 Michigan, No.8/12 Illinois and tournament host No.11/10 Missouri. OU will be among 25 teams slated to compete in the tournament.

Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic champions Witt Durden (133 pounds), Nate Parker (141 pounds), E.K. Waldhaus (174 pounds), Josh Lambrecht (184 pounds) and Tom Grossman (197 pounds) will compete for OU. No. 2/4 Robbie Waller, a returning All-American that competed at 165 pound last season, will compete for the first time at 174 pounds.

Oklahoma boasts eight wrestlers ranked in the top 20 by either Amateur Wrestling News or Intermat. They include top-ranked senior Josh Lambrecht (184 pounds), second-ranked seniors Nate Parker (141 pounds) and Witt Durden (133 pounds) and fourth-ranked junior Leonce Crump (heavyweight).

125 Pounds:No. 10/9 Bo Maynes
        Brad Knecht
133 Pounds:No. 2/2 Witt Durden
        Daniel Caruthers
141 Pounds:No. 2/2 Nate Parker
149 Pounds:Shane Kidd
        Danny Rubenstein
157 Pounds:No. Rafael Maturino
165 Pounds:Wes Roberts
        Randy Sulaver
174 Pounds:E.K. Waldhaus
        No. 2/4 Robbie Waller
184 Pounds:No. 1/1 Josh Lambrecht
197 Pounds:Derrick Brown
        No. 15/13 Tom Grossman
        Joel Tapler
Heavyweight:No. 4/4 Leonce Crump
        Erin Helvey

(Rankings are based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat polls.)

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