NORMAN, Okla., -- The White team defeated the Red team in the annual Red/White Classic Thursday night, 22-15, inside the Howard McCasland Field House. The 10 matches were to determine the starters for the upcoming season.
“I’m pleased overall with our performance tonight because we looked better than we have in the past, and I thought our conditioning was up a notch," said head coach Jack Spates. "We need more combinations out on the mat, but I saw a lot of bright spots.
“Kyle Terry, the young freshman, looked very tough tonight, Jarrod King looked super as well. Our two heavyweights battled hard tonight in an exciting match," Spates said. "It’s early and we’re not where we’re going to be, but it’s a good place to start.”
Leading both squads on the evening were returning All-Americans Sam Hazewinkel and Joel Flaggert. At 125 pounds, Hazewinkel started the evening with a major decision, 14-4, over J.J. Anderson of the red team. Flaggert, at 197 pounds, registered a fall at the 2:47 mark to defeat true freshman Matt Cole.
Also registering wins for the White team were Matt Storniolo (149), Jarrod King (165), Cody Hilbun (174), Justin Dyer (184) and Jake Hager (Hwt.)
“We came out and wrestled tough tonight," said Senior Teyon Ware. "This match lets us see where we are at this point in the season, but we’re ready to get the season underway.
“We’re going to have a talented team this season and I think everyone is ready to start wrestling someone other than their teammate.”
Ware was challenged in the 141 pound match by true freshman Kyle Terry, but was able to come away with a 6-2 decision.
Posting wins for the Red team, along with Ware and Flaggert, were Joe Comparin (133) and Shane Vernon (157).
The Sooners open the regular season Nov. 12, in Brockport, N.Y., for the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic. Oklahoma opens their home portion of the schedule against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Action takes place inside the Howard McCasland Field House.
125 pounds: Sam Hazewinkel (White) maj. dec. J.J. Anderson (Red), 14-4
133 pounds: Joe Comparin (Red) dec. Trey Blakely (White), 4-1
141 pounds: Teyon Ware (Red) dec. Kyle Terry (White), 6-2
149 pounds: Matt Storniolo (White) dec. Will Rowe (Red), 10-4
157 pounds: Shane Vernon (Red) dec. Jerome Featherstone (White), 3-1
165 pounds: Jarrod King (White) maj. dec. Jake Jackson (Red), 15-1
174 pounds: Cody Hilbun (White) maj. dec. Erik Ford (Red), 13-2
184 pounds: Justin Dyer (White) dec. Josh Hinton (Red), 10-2
197 pounds: Joel Flaggert (Red) fall Matt Cole (White), 2:47
Heavyweight: Jake Hager (White) dec. Austin David (Red), 2-1