NORMAN, Okla.- Teyon Ware records the second installment of his online player journal to give Sooner fans a look at his season through his own eyes. The Sooners recently returned from a trip to the Missouri Open and followed that up with a Thanksgiving weekend open tournament in Norman. The Sooners just completed their first dual of the season with a 34-3 win over UCO.
SoonerSports.com sat down with Teyon to get his thoughts on the opening part of the season and on their instate rival match with OSU.
Journal Entry No. 2 (Dec. 10, 2004)
The Missouri Open was a tough tournament and we came out and wrestled tough to match the intensity. We had five guys take home individual championships and we had nine wrestlers place overall. We were happy with the way we competed throughout the entire tournament. We are obviously not satisfied because we know that each one of us is capable of so much more. We also know that if we continue to work and apply ourselves that we will be able to compete with anyone down the stretch.
During the Oklahoma Open I took a break from action, but everyone came out strong and every single guy wrestled tough. The Missouri tournament felt very difficult because we got one of our studs hurt. Right now we are just ready for the dual season to kick off so we can show everybody where we are. Obviously we are not where we want to be at but that will come. I was tired from the all-star match that I competed in and that is the reason that I decided to take off from the Oklahoma Open.
Sam wrestled in both, but we are two entirely different people. He can wrestle all day. Our styles are different; he is an explosive wrestler who just comes straight at you. My style is explosive. If I can-not explode, then I am not effective. I just can’t bring it when I’m tired. This break was probably one of the best decisions I could have made because it gave me a chance to get rested and prepare for our next couple of matches.
UCO was a good match to get us ready for Bedlam on Sunday. Even though the Bronchos are a Division II team, they are very tough and we respect them very much. I thought during my match against UCO that I came out and opened up the match really well and if I do that then I can wrestle anyone. If I get a quick lead like I did against UCO, then that allows me to do a lot of things and that is obviously what I always try to do. As a team we tried to prepare for UCO as if it were a Bedlam match.
We can-not give up anything to OSU. The guys that are supposed to win their matches need to go in and take care of their business. We are also going to have to pull off some upsets. Guys that are not favored to win need to go into their match hungry and prepared to win their match. If guys really want to show what we can do then we need to go out and prove it against a very talented OSU team. We are all very excited for Bedlam and we feel that we can win if we go out and wrestle our style and do the things that we are supposed to.