Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 14, 2001
Oklahoma Wrestling Set To Compete In The Missouri Open :: Sooners compete in individual tournament Sunday in Columbia. Oklahoma Wrestling Set To Compete In The Missouri Open

Top-ranked Jared Frayer and the Sooners compete in the Missouri Open this Sunday.

Nov. 14, 2001

Missouri Open
Hosted by the Univesity of Missouri, the Missouri Open tournament will feature wrestlers from 11 Division I schools and several junior college teams. Three other Big 12 schools (Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma State) as well as nationally-ranked Illinois and Arizona State are headlined in the tournament.

Oklahoma, Seven Sooners Claim Titles In N.Y.
The Sooners opened the 2001-02 season with an outstanding performance at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport, N.Y. OU tallied seven indvidual championships and two second-place finishes. Matt Ridings (125), Witt Durden (133), Melvin Lofton (141), Jared Frayer (149), Michael Barger (174), Josh Lambrecht (184) and Leonce Crump (heavyweight) all won their repsective weight classes. Durden was also named outstanding wrestler of the tournament. In the points standings, Oklahoma topped out at 172, besting second-place Cleveland State (103).

Frayer Opens Season Top-Ranked At 149
Senior Jared Frayer opens the 2001-02 season at the nation's top-ranked 149-pounder. It is the first time that a Sooner wrestler has opened the season at No. 1 since 1997 when defending national champion John Kading was top-ranked at 190 pounds. An All-American after placing fourth at nationals last season, Frayer needs two wins to reach the century mark for his career and 11 to move into the OU all-time top 10. Currently ranked sixth in career pins, he tallied 19 last season and was named the winner of the Schalles Award, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding pinner. Frayer has won all four of his matches of this season, including two falls, en route to the 149-title at the Oklahoma Gold Classic.

Durden Named OW at Oklahoma Gold Classic
Junior Witt Durden, the second-ranked wrestler in the nation at 133 pounds, was named Oustanding Wrestler at the Oklahoma Gold Classic. Durden scored two technical falls and one major decision on his way to an individual title.

Sooner Pin Parade
Last season, OU racked up 82 pins, second most in school history. After their first tournament of this year, the Sooners have already totaled 13 falls.

OU Stresses Bonus Wins
OU coaches stress the importance of winning matches by bonus points and far this season, Sooner grapplers have won 23 of 47 matches (48.9 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better.

Projected lineup

125 pounds

Bo Maynes, Jr. (3-1)

#8/#6 Matt Ridings, Sr. (3-0)

Brad Knecht, Jr.

133 pounds #2/#2 Witt Durden, Jr. (3-0)

141 pounds NR/#17Melvin Lofton, Sr. (4-0) #12/NR Nate Parker, Jr. (2-3) Matt Grice, Fr-RS

149 pounds #1/#1 Jared Frayer, Sr. (4-0) Randy Sulaver, Fr.-RS (1-2) Daniel Rubenstein, Fr.-RS

157 pounds NR/#11 Doug Cieleski, Sr. (3-1)

165 pounds Wes Roberts, Fr.-RS

174 pounds #7/#8 Michael Barger, Sr. (3-0) Travis Brotton, So. (4-2) Dustin Walker, Sr.

184 pounds #4/#3 Josh Lambrecht, Jr. (3-0) Jaime Hernandez, Fr-RS Rowdy Lundegreen, Sr.

197 pounds #13/#15 Tom Grossman, Jr. (2-1) Josh Ferguson, Sr. (4-2) Blake Christiansen, Fr.-RS (2-2) Joel Tapler, Fr.-RS

Heavyweight #4/#3 Leonce Crump, So. (4-0) Gary Barber, Sr. (3-1)



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