Wrestling Team Set to Take On No. 14 Arizona State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 07, 2003

Jan. 7, 2003

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team (4-2) will travel to Tempe, Ariz. tomorrow to take on No. 14 Arizona State at 7 p.m. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 19-12-1. The Sooners will send wrestlers ranked in eight weight classes, including undefeated grapplers Witt Durden and Teyon Ware.

Oklahoma senior Bo Maynes (21-3) will take on either freshman Jeremy Mendoza (11-9) or Adam Chavira (3-7) in the 125 pound weight class. The 133 pound contest will place third-ranked senior All-American Witt Durden (9-0) against No. 19 Mike Simpson (13-15) of ASU.

The Sooners will send 141 pound freshman Teyon Ware (4-0), who is ranked 12th by Amateur Wresting News, up against No. 4 Dana Holland (20-5). Senior All-American and 19th ranked Nate Parker (13-6) will grapple top-ranked Eric Larkin (15-0).

The Sundevils will wrestle either Rocky Smart (1-0), Patrick Williams (9-10) or Mike Smith (2-4) at 157 pounds against Oklahoma junior Rafael Maturino (11-8). OU sophomore Wes Roberts (13-4) will wrestle 16th-ranked Nick Frost (18-8) at 157 pounds and No. 7/6 Robbie Waller (16-2) will take on No. 12 Curtis Owen (9-5) of Arizona State at 174 pounds.

Oklahoma's Josh Lambrecht (10-1) will meet unranked Ron Renzi (8-8) in the 184 pound battle. Senior Tom Grossman (15-3) will wrestle Arizona State freshman Ryan Bader (14-10) at 197 pounds. Oklahoma's heavyweight wrestler will be sophomore Joel Tapler (4-3), who will wrestle fifth-ranked Kellan Fluckiger (20-5).

The Sooners will travel to California on Jan. 11 to take on Fresno State (12 p.m.) and Cal Poly (7 p.m.) for their next dual action.

Sooner's Lineup

125 Pounds: No. 12/10 Bo Maynes (21-3) 133 Pounds: No. 3/3 Witt Durden (9-0) 141 Pounds: No.12/16 Teyon Ware (4-0) 149 Pounds: No. 19/19 Nate Parker (13-6) 157 Pounds: Rafael Maturino (11-8) 165 Pounds: Wes Roberts (13-4) 174 Pounds: No. 7/6 Robbie Waller (16-2) 184 Pounds: No. 3/2 Josh Lambrecht (10-1) 197 Pounds: No. 14/14 Tom Grossman (15-3) Heavyweight: Joel Tapler (4-3)

Rankings are based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat polls.



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