Junior Witt Durden, ranked third in the country at 133 pounds, leads OU into its second of two annual Bedlam battles on Sunday.
Feb. 13, 2002
The Sooners look like they're peaking at the right time as they defeated Nebraska, 33-12, behind three pins (Jared Frayer, Josh Lambrecht and Robbie Waller), a technical fall (Leonce Crump) and a major decision (Witt Durden) en route to the victory. The win moved the Sooners to 16-4 on the season and 3-1 in the Big 12 Conference.
About Oklahoma State
This will be the second of two annual regular season duals between the Bedlam rivals. In the last match, the Cowboys gave then-No. 3-ranked Oklahoma its first loss of the year. OSU won four of the meet's first five matches and held on the win. The Cowboys are 18-3 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 this season and are coming off a 32-6 win at Michigan State. Oklahoma State is led by No. 2 Johnny Thompson (28-2) at 133 and No. 3 Tyrone Lewis (23-2) at 165. OSU has a wrestler ranked at nine weight classes and are 12-0-1 in its 13 matches against Oklahoma.
Excellence At 125
The Sooners have two of the best wrestlers in the country at 125 in senior Matt Ridings (21-3) and junior Bo Maynes (18-3). Ridings, OU's regular starter, stormed out of the gate, winning his first 20 matches, climbing to a number two ranking and participating in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Meanwhile, Maynes took over an injured Ridings after the classic and is currently riding an eight-match win streak. Maynes has defeated ranked opponents in three of his last four matches including a victory against No. 6 Jason Powell of Nebraska.
Frayer now has 120 wins and 46 falls for his career, good for fifth and second, respecively, on OU's all-time career list. This year, the senior from Clearwater, Fla., leads the team with 12 pins and 26 victories.
Durden Vs. Nemesis Again
Witt Durden is 26-2 on the season and ranked third in the country. However, both of his losses were suffered at the hands of No. 2 Johnny Thompson of OSU.
Three At One
Three Sooner wrestlers have been ranked at the top during one point this season: Frayer, Lambrecht and Crump. Frayer was number one to begin the year while Lambrecht defeated then-No. 1 Viktor Sveda of Indiana at the Missouri Open and Crump beat then-top-ranked Steve Mocco of Iowa at the National Duals to claim the top spot the following week in the polls.
OU Wrestlers Ranked At All 10 Weights
OU's team balance is best illustrated by the fact that Sooner wrestlers are ranked in all 10 weight classes in current polls.
Oklahoma's is well on its way to establishing a new pin record for a single-season. With 64 falls this year, OU is only 18 off the record, set last year (82).
OU Stresses Bonus Wins
OU coaches stress the importance of winning matches by bonus points and, so far this season, Sooner grapplers have won 116 of 262 matches (44 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better. The following are OU's bonus points leaders. Here are some of the best wrestlers in that category.
The Sooners remain at home with a dual match with Arziona State on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Field House.
#5/#6 Oklahoma (16-4)
125 pounds: #5/#5 Matt Ridings, Sr. (21-3) OR Bo Maynes, Jr. (18-3) 133 pounds: #3/#3 Witt Durden, Jr. (26-2) 141 pounds: #12/#9 Nate Parker, Jr. (18-10) 149 pounds: #4/#4 Jared Frayer, Sr. (26-5) 157 pounds: #12/#12 Doug Cieleski, Sr. (24-8) 165 pounds: #9/#9 Robbie Waller, Jr. (8-6) 174 pounds: #15/#17 Michael Barger, Sr. (25-8) 184 pounds: #7/#8 Josh Lambrecht, Sr. (24-4) 197 pounds: #14/#14 Tom Grossman, Jr.(14-10) Heavyweight: #4/#4 Leonce Crump, So. (19-3)
#7/#4 Oklahoma State (18-3)
125 pounds: #7/#7 Skylar Holman (19-3) 133 pounds: #2/#2 Johnny Thompson (28-2) 141 pounds: Ronnie Delk (17-12) 149 pounds: #11/#12 Jerrod Sanders (19-8) 157 pounds: #4/#4 Shane Roller (26-3) 165 pounds: #2/#2 Tyrone Lewis (23-2) 174 pounds: #14/#12 Ty Wilcox (18-6) 184 pounds: #8/#6 Pat Popolizio (26-3) 197 pounds: #13/#13 Willie Gruenwald (19-8) Heavyweight: #10/#16 James Huml (22-8)
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls.