Undefeated and second-ranked Witt Durden and the Sooners travel to New Jersey for two dual meets Saturday.
Nov. 29, 2001
Oklahoma will compete in its second and third dual meets of the year on Saturday, Dec. 1, in New Jersey against Rutgers (noon at Piscataway, N.J) and Rider (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Sooner Dominate Home Open Tournament
The Sooners picked up seven individual titles on their way to an impressive performance in its open tournament on Saturday. Matt Ridings (125), Witt Durden (133), Melvin Lofton (141), Jared Frayer (149), Doug Cieleski (157), Josh Lambrecht (184) and Lenoce Crump (Hwt.) all picked up championships for Oklahoma. With their wins, Ridings, Durden and Lambrecht not only remained unbeated but have won all three open tournaments they've competed in this season.
Rutgers, Rider Information
Rutgers is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Navy Classic on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Annapolis, Md. Despite the absence of four starters, tallied three second-place finishes. Rutgers returns one of its best wrestlers, Tom Tanis, who is back from injury. Tanis is the reigning EIWA champion and 184 at was ranked as high as seventh in many preseason polls. OU leads the all-time series with Rutgers, 5-0. Riders' first dual meet of the season came against another Big 12 opponent, No. 8 Nebraska, last Saturday in which the Huskers prevailed, 26-16. The Broncos and Sooners met once before in 1996 with OU winning, 18-12.
Frayer Reaches Milestone Again
Jared Frayer, ranked No. 1 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 4 by Intermat, continues to pick up accolades as he rolls through the season. Frayer, who is 12-1 on the year, tallied two more falls in his championship run at the Oklahoma Open to give him 40 career pins. That ties him with Jeff Callard for second all-time in school history. His six pins this year tops the team.
The Epic 125-Pound Battle
OU continues to get excellent production from its two top-caliber, 125-pound wrestlers, Matt Ridings and Bo Maynes. Ridings, ranked No. 8/6, remains unbeaten and has won three tournaments this year. Maynes is 10-3 with all three setbacks to Maynes in an open tournament final.
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. OU individuals are ranked as follows:
125: #8/#6 Matt Ridings 133: #2/#2 Witt Durden 141: NR/#16 Melvin Lofton/#12/NR Nate Parker 149: #1/#4 Jared Frayer 157: NR/#6 Doug Cieleski/#14/NR Mark Worthy 165: #6/#5 Robbie Waller 174: #7/#15 Michael Barger 184: #4/#1 Josh Lambrecht 197: #13/#19 Tom Grossman Hwt: #4/#2 Leonce Crump Rankings are based on Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat polls.
Sooner Pin Parade
Last season, OU racked up 82 pins, second most in school history. After their first two tournaments of this year, the Sooners have already totaled 34 falls.
OU Stresses Bonus Wins
OU coaches stress the importance of winning matches by bonus points and so far this season, Sooner grapplers have won 61 of 133 matches (46 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better. The following are OU's bonus points leaders.
#2/#3 Oklahoma Projected Lineup
125 pounds: #8/#6 Matt Ridings, Sr. (12-0) 133 pounds: #2/#2 Witt Durden, Jr. (10-0) 141 pounds: NR/#16 Melvin Lofton, Sr. (13-2) 149 pounds: #1/#4 Jared Frayer, Sr. (12-1) 157 pounds: NR/#8 Doug Cieleski, Sr. (11-2) 165 pounds: Wes Roberts, Fr.-RS (0-0) 174 pounds: #7/#15 Michael Barger, Sr. (12-2) 184 pounds: #4/#1 Josh Lambrecht, Jr. (10-0) 197 pounds: NR/#19 Tom Grossman, Jr. (5-2) Heavyweight: #4/#2 Leonce Crump, So. (8-1)
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls.