March 22, 2002
ALBANY, N.Y. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will move into the final day of competition at the 2002 NCAA National Championships in Albany in second place as well as two wrestlers in the finals. Senior Jared Frayer and junior Josh Lambrecht will have a chance to win a national title on Saturday and six Sooners are guaranteed All-American status. In the teams' race, Oklahoma is second only to top-ranked Minnesota.
Frayer, at 149 pounds, will make his first appearance in the national title bout after four years as an NCAA qualifier. Lambrecht upset second-ranked Damion Hahn of Minnesota, 8-6, to gain a spot in the final at 184. The other two semifinalists, Witt Durden and Nate Parker, fell but will have a chance on Saturday to gain at least a third-place finish. Durden lost to second-ranked Johnny Thompson of Oklahoma State, 3-2, for the fifth time this season (Durden finished the year with six defeats).
In the consolation rounds, Robbie Waller and Michael Barger each won two matches to advance to Saturday's duals for places as All-American. Waller defeated two top-five wrestlers, Tom McMath of West Virginia and Josh Henson of Penn, and also has shot for third place.
The final day of competition is Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. with the finals set for a 2 p.m. start time.
2002 NCAA Championships Results
Semifinals 133: Johnny Thompson, OSU dec. No. 4/3 Witt Durden (32-6), OU, 3-2 141: Eric Larkin, Arizona State dec. No. 14/9 Nate Parker (26-13), OU, 10-3 149: No. 5/5 Jared Frayer (35-6), OU dec. Jake Percival, Ohio, 11-6 184: No. 6/5 Josh Lambrecht (34-4), OU dec. Damion Hahn, Minnesota, 8-6
Consolation (Fourth Round) 125: Ben Vombaur, Boise State, dec. No. 7/6 Matt Ridings (28-7), OU, 2-1 165: No. 9/8 Robbie Waller (15-9), OU maj. dec. Tom McMath, West Virginia, 11-3 174: No. 17/18 Michael Barger (33-12), OU dec. Ryan Lange, Purdue, 8-6
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat Poll.