Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 21, 2001
Sooners Host Oklahoma Open On Saturday :: Seven collegiate teams will have individuals in the tournament. Sooners Host Oklahoma Open On Saturday

Junior Josh Lambrecht, the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 184, will compete for the Sooners in the Oklahoma Open on Saturday.

Nov. 21, 2001

The Sooners
Oklahoma will host its annual open tournament on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. The collegiate division of the tournament will consist of Air Force, Bacone, Central Oklahoma, Kennedy King, Missouri and Oklahoma State. All Sooner wrestlers, barring injury, will be competing in the tournamnet.

Sooners Cruise Over UCO
The Sooners got their home season off to a rousing start with a 39-7 victory over Central Oklahoma on Tuesday. The Sooners recorded four falls (courtesy of Matt Ridings, Witt Durden, Michael Barger and Josh Lambrecht) on their way to the win.

Sooners Grab Three Titles At Missouri Open
The Sooners put on an impressive performance in an open tournament last week at Missouri with three individual champions and five finalists. Matt Ridings (125), Witt Durden (133) and Josh Lambrecht (184) all won titles for the second tournament in a row and remained undefeated for the year. Ridings defeated teammate Bo Maynes, 3-1, in the second consecutive final between the two while Lambrecht upset top-ranked Viktor Sveda of Indiana, 2-1, in the championship match.

Frayer Reaches Milestones
A fall against Central Oklahoma increases Frayers' pin caeer total to 38, tying him with Edcar Thomas for fourth-best in school history.

Lambrecht Named OW For Missouri Open, Earns No. 1
For the second time in as many tournaments, a Sooner won the Outstanding Wrestler award at a tournament. Josh Lambrecht won the honor at the Missouri Open and became the nation's top-ranked wrestler (Intermat).

Outstanding Individuals
Along with the three titles and the performance by Lambrecht, OU had several wrestlers notch impressive victories at the Missouri Open. No. 12/NR Nate Parker, at 141, defeated two top-five wrestlers (Wisconsin's Grant Hoerr and Robert Sessley) en route to a third-place finish. Heavyweight Leonce Crump, ranked No. 4/2 in the nation, beat second-ranked Tommy Rowland of Ohio State in overtime before losing to Illinois' top-ranked John Lockhart, 3-2, in the championship match. Also finishing third in their respective weight classes were NR/No. 9 Doug Cieleski (157) and No. 7/13 Michael Barger (174).

The Epic 125-Pound Battle
OU is privileged to have two of the best wrestlers in the country at the same weight with Ridings and Maynes. Ridings is undefeated while Maynes is 6-2 on the season, both loses to Ridings in a tournament final. Those two matches have been decided by three points total with one going to overtime.

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/#17 Melvin Lofton/#12/NR Nate Parker

149:  #1/#4 Jared Frayer

157:  NR/#9 Doug Cieleski/#14/NR Mark Worthy

165:  #6/#5 Robbie Waller

174:  #7/#13 Michael Barger

184:  #4/#1 Josh Lambrecht

197:  #13/#15 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 26 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 46 of 100 matches (46 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better.

Up Next
After the Oklahoma Open, the Sooners will travel to New Jersey and dual with Rutgers (Piscataway, N.J.) at noon and Rider (Lawrenceville, N.J.) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.



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