NORMAN, Okla.-- This week the Sooners will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Sunday, Nov. 21, to compete in their fifth Missouri Open located at the Hearnes Center. Oklahoma will compete against Missouri, Chattanooga, Eastern Illinois, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Purdue.
Live stats are scheduled to be available at www.mutigers.com.
Last Time At Missouri Open
Oklahoma placed five wrestlers at the 2003 Missouri Open. Redshirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel defeated freshman Mimi Miller by a 2-1 decision for the title at 125 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Jake Hager placed fourth.
The Sooners will host its annual Oklahoma Open in the McCasland Field House on Saturday, Nov. 27, all day.
Oklahoma Wins Sixth Brockport Classic
The Sooners showed strength by winning their sixth team title at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 13. Oklahoma placed an impressive seven wrestlers in first place at their respective weight classes and walked away with a score of 212.5. This score was 34 points higher then the Sooners’ victory last year.
Awards At Brockport
Sam Hazewinkel and Matt Storniolo both received awards at the sixth annual Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic. At 125 pounds Hazewinkel, a sophomore, took home the award for Most Outstanding Wrestler. At 149 poundsStorniolo, a sophomore, received the award for Most Pins with three pins in 11:32.
Roberts’ First Tournament Victory
Senior West Roberts earned his first tournament victory at the sixth annual Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic on Saturday, Nov. 13. Recruited by Oklahoma in 2000 with high expectations, Roberts has been plagued with injuries for the last three seasons.
Sooners’ Pin Happy
For the second consecutive year the Sooners accumulated 12 pins at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic. This year the Sooners competed with 12 wrestlers compared to the 14 at years’.
OU Wrestlers Accept All Star Invitation
Oklahoma wrestlers Sam Hazewinkel and Teyon Ware accepted invitations to the 39th annual Marines All Star Classic. The event will be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville at the Vadalabene Center on Monday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
At 125 pounds OU sophomore and defending Big 12 Conference champion Hazewinkel finished the 2003-04 season with a record of 35-5 and is currently ranked No. 1 by both Amateur Wrestling and Intermat.
Returning to the All Star Classic, Ware hopes to improve on last year’s performance. At 141 pounds, former NCAA champion, Ware finished the season with a record of 21-5 and is currently ranked No. 3 in both polls.
Sooners In The Rankings
In the preseason rankings the Sooners are ranked at No. 6 by Intermat and No. 8 by Amateur Wrestling News. The Sooners are the fourth-highest ranked Big 12 Conference school, following Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Iowa State.
In individual rankings, sophomore and defending Big 12 Conference champion Sam Hazewinkel is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds by both polls. Former NCAA champion junior Teyon Ware is ranked No. 3 at 141 pounds by both polls and Penn State transfer, sophomore Matt Storniolo, is ranked No. 6 at 149 pounds by both polls.
Senior E.K. Waldhaus is ranked No. 11 at 174 pounds by Intermat. Sophomore Justin Dyer is ranked No. 13 at 184 pounds by both polls. Sophomore Charles Jones at 157 pounds and heavyweight Tyler Rhodes are both ranked No. 20 by Intermat.
Strength In Schedule
As usual the Sooners face a challenging schedule, but this year the team is facing an added difficulty. Their home dual facility will be under renovation during season, causing the team to hold dual meets in foreign facilities.
In addition to their facility issues, the Sooners will face some of the nation's best talent at the National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio., but the most challenging portion of their schedule will be the conference matchups. They will host conference rivals Nebraska, who are ranked No. 3 by both Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News, No. 11 Missouri and two-time defending national champion Oklahoma State. Oklahoma will face No. 1 Oklahoma State twice during regular season. The Sooners also travel to Iowa State, who are ranked No. 3 in both polls and to Stillwater for a re-match with the Cowboys.
The conference schedule will culminate with the Big 12 Championships in Omaha, Neb.
Red Defeats White 22-13 At Red/White Classic
The Red team defeated the White team two weeks ago in the Red/White Classic by a score of 22-13 in the Hamilton Field House at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. Twenty Oklahoma wrestlers competed in 10 matches during the evening to determine starting positions for the upcoming season.
Scoring big for the Red team was Sam Hazewinkle and Justin Dyer. At 125 pounds, Hazewinkel won by major decision over 141 pound wrestler, Erik Ford. At 184 pounds, Dyer recorded a fall at the 2:22 overall mark over true freshman Tyler Garrett.
Also putting up points for the Red team was Mimi Miller (133), Matt Storniolo (149), Wes Roberts (165) and Jake Hager (HWT).
On the White team former national champion Teyon Ware defeated sophomore Chas Skelly by major decision at 141 pounds.
The Sooners return seven starters from last season’s squad that placed ninth at the NCAA Championships. OU also returns two All-Americans.
Two-time All-American Teyon Ware finished last season with a 53-9 record and placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. First time All-American Sam Hazewinkel finished last season with a 35-5 record while placing first in the Big 12 Conference championship and third at the NCAA Championships.
Along with Ware and Hazewinkel Oklahoma’s returning group includes two with NCAA Championship experience: E.K. Waldhaus and Justin Dyer.
Waldhaus returns after his first year as a Sooner. This transfer from the University of Wyoming finished the season with a record of 28-10 and placed third at the Big 12 Championships.
Dyer returns after making a big mark as a true freshman last season. He finished the season with a record of 21-14 and placed fifth at the Big 12 Championships.
At 165 pounds, senior Wes Roberts is looking to make an impact after having his last three seasons ended by injury.
Penn State transfer Storniolo is the favorite to replace Jeff Eckloff at 149 pounds. At Penn State he posted a record of 34-10, was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year and was the Big Ten runner-up.
With the graduation of Leonce Crump, Northwest Wyoming transfer, junior Tyler Rhodes will fill the position for the Sooners’ heavyweight. Rhodes won two national titles and enters the upcoming season with a career record of 66-10.
Oklahoma added 20 newcomers to its team this season, including 19 freshman. The freshman class includes a host of proven winners, including 10 one-time state champions and five two-time state champions.