Junior Josh Lambrecht and the Oklahoma Sooners will host Northern Iowa and Iowa State this weekend.
Jan. 31, 2002
Oklahoma is looking to bounce back after losing its final three matches of the National Duals (Jan. 19-20) to finish in sixth place. OU was one win away from the final before the host, Ohio State, pulled off an improbable 19-17 victory. OU (13-4) also had its 10-match win streak snapped.
OU Finishes In Sixth
The Sooners picked up wins over Lehigh (30-9) and Iowa State (21-15) to catapult itself into the final four of the tournament. Oklahoma was leading, 17-10, over the Buckeyes before Tom Grossman lost a tough, 6-4 decision to fourth-ranked Nick Preston and heavyweight Leonce Crump was pinned in overtime by then-No. 2 Tommy Rowland. On the second day, the Sooners fell to Iowa (17-14) and Michigan (19-17) to finish sixth. Witt Durden, ranked No. 3 in the latest polls, was the lone OU wrestler to win all five matches in Columbus, Ohio.
About Northern Iowa And Iowa State
UNI comes in with a record of 6-4 after defeating Division III-powerhouse Wisconsin-La Crosse, 36-6, at home last Sunday. Oklahoma leads the all-time series with the Panthers, 6-5, and the most recent match between the two squads came last year at the Lone Star Duals with OU prevailing, 23-15. The Cyclones (13-3) are coming off an impressive, 33-15 win over North Carolina State last Friday in Ames in which ISU tallied four pins and battled back from a 12-0 deficit. Iowa State is led by top-ranked senior Cael Sanderson, a three-time NCAA Champion and a record of 146-0 during his collegiate career. ISU also has the top-ranked wrester at 165 (Joe Heskett with a mark of 20-0). Iowa State leads the all-time series with the Sooners, 40-32-3, but OU won two weeks ago in the quarterfinals of the National Duals, 21-15.
Durden and senior Matt Ridings competed in the prestigious NWCA All Star Classic on Monday, a special wrestling meet consisting 24 of the top wrestlers in the country. Durden (23-2) saw his ten match win streak snapped to Oklahoma State's Johnny Thompson, 4-2, at 133. Both of Durden's losses have been to Thompson this year. Ridings (21-3) pushed Ben Vombaur of Boise State to a tiebreaker at one before falling.
Frayer Keeps Climbing
With two wins at the National Duals, senior Jared Frayer pushed his win total to 117 in his Sooner career. The mark places him all alone is sixth-place and is one victory away from fifth (Quincey Clark).
Oklahoma's is well on its way to establishing a new pin record for a single-season. With 59 falls this year, OU is only 23 off the record, set last year (82).
No. 1 (Again)
Heavyweight Leonce Crump became the third Sooner this year to be ranked No. 1 in the country at his respective weight class. Josh Lambrecht and Jared Frayer were the other two Sooners to hit number one this year.
Oklahoma will travel to a pair of Big 12 schools the following weekend. OU will take on Nebraska (Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in Lincoln) and Missouri (Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in Columbia).
This Weekend's Projected Lineup
125 pounds: #3/#5 Matt Ridings, Sr. (21-3) OR Bo Maynes, Jr. (15-3) 133 pounds: #3/#3 Witt Durden, Jr. (23-2) 141 pounds: Melvin Lofton, Sr. (17-3) OR #10/#12 Nate Parker, Jr. (17-8) 149 pounds: #7/#4 Jared Frayer, Sr. (23-5) 157 pounds: #12/#13 Doug Cieleski (22-7) 165 pounds: #8/#10 Robbie Waller, Jr. (6-5) 174 pounds: #14/#15 Michael Barger, Sr. (23-7) 184 pounds: #7/#9 Josh Lambrecht, Sr. (21-4) 197 pounds: #12/#13 Tom Grossman, Jr.(14-7) Heavyweight: #3/#1 Leonce Crump, So. (17-2)