Matt Ridings and Witt Durden Wrestle In NWCA All Star Classic :: Top Sooner wrestlers lose close battles. Matt Ridings and Witt Durden Wrestle In NWCA All Star Classic




Senior Matt Ridings, along with teammate Witt Durden, competed in the NWCA All Star Classic Monday.

Jan. 29, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Two of Oklahoma's best wrestlers, senior Matt Ridings and junior Witt Durden competed in the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic Monday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. However, both wrestlers came up short, losing close matches.

Third-ranked Witt Durden (23-2) fell to second-ranked Johnny Thompson of Oklahoma State, 4-2, at 133 pounds. Durden saw his ten-match winning streak snapped and has suffered both defeats to the hands of Thompson this year.

At 125, No. 5 Matt Ridings (21-3) pushed Ben Vombaur of Boise State to a tiebreaking set at one but fell to the fourth-ranked wrestler.

Durden and Ridings, along with the rest of the Oklahoma team, will be in action on Friday, February 1 as they host No. 13/15 Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Fieldhouse.