Senior Matt Ridings will be one of nine OU seniors honored at Friday's wrestling match against Michigan State.
Feb. 28, 2002
The Sooners defeated ninth-ranked Missouri, 23-12, in Columbia on Tuesday and improved its all-time record against the Tigers to 38-2. OU was led by Robbie Waller, whose pin against No. 17/15 Tyron Woodley at 165 keyed the Oklahoma attack. Major decisons were tallied by Witt Durden (133) and Josh Lambrecht (184).
About Michigan State
The Spartans are 5-11 overall after falling to second-ranked Michigan, 29-7, last Saturday in Ann Arbor. Michigan State is led by two returning All-Americans at 125 (Chris Williams) and 157 (Gray Maynard). The Spartans also have two wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in Maynard (No. 10 in Intermat) and Ryan L'Amoreaux (ninth in Amateur Wrestling). OU leads the all-time series with MSU, 32-7, and won last year in East Lansing by a 30-6 score.
The Sooners will be looking to tie the new school mark with number of victories in a single season, set by the 1974 which won the NCAA National Championship with a record of 19-6.
Frayer Keeps Climbing
Frayer is one win away from tying Joe Stafford (1987-90) for fourth place on Oklahoma's all-time individual victory mark. Frayer, from Clearwater, Fla., has 122 wins at OU and is second place on the Sooners' all-time falls' list with 46.
Another Century Mark
Senior Michael Barger has a chance to become the second Sooner this year to past the century mark for number of career wins at Oklahoma. The Sallisaw, Okla. native has 94 career wins going into Friday's match with Michigan State.
Three At One
Frayer, Lambrecht and Crump have all been ranked number one in the country this year for Oklahoma. Lambrecht and Crump both became No. 1 after beating then-top-ranked wrestlers. Lambrecht defeated Indiana's Viktor Sveda and Crump downed Steve Mocco of Iowa.
Josh Lambrecht is one of OU's hottest wrestlers as the team comes down the stretch. Lambrecht has won six straight since the National Duals with two falls and two major decisions during the streak.
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 is well on its way to establishing a new pin record for a single-season. With 66 falls this year, OU is only 16 off the record, set last year (82).
OU Stresses Bonus Wins
OU coaches stress the importance of winning matches by bonus points and, so far this season, Sooner grapplers have won 125 of 279 matches (45 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better. The following are OU's bonus points leaders.
The Sooners will host the 2002 Big 12 Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 9, at the Lloyd Noble Center. The first round will take place at 11 a.m. followed by the semifinals (noon) and the finals (7 p.m.).
Friday's Probable Lineup
#6/#6 Oklahoma (18-5) 125 pounds: #6/#6 Matt Ridings, Sr. (23-4) OR Bo Maynes, Jr. (18-3) 133 pounds: #4/#4 Witt Durden, Jr. (27-4) 141 pounds: #13/#9 Nate Parker, Jr. (19-11) 149 pounds: #5/#8 Jared Frayer, Sr. (28-6) 157 pounds: #12/#11 Doug Cieleski, Sr. (24-11) 165 pounds: #9/#9 Robbie Waller, Jr. (10-7) 174 pounds: #18/#20 Michael Barger, Sr. (26-10) 184 pounds: #7/#7 Josh Lambrecht, Sr. (25-4) 197 pounds: #12/#12 Tom Grossman, Jr. (16-11) Heavyweight: #3/#4 Leonce Crump, So. (22-3)
#21/#22 Michigan State (5-11) 125 pounds: #13/#16 Chris Williams, Sr. (19-13) 133 pounds: #9/#13 Ryan L'Amoreaux, So. (14-7) 141 pounds: Charles Sageman, Jr. (13-12) 149 pounds: #13/#13 Karl Nadolsky, Jr. (21-9) 157 pounds: #9/#10 Gray Maynard, Jr. (13-10) 165 pounds: #17/NR Anton Hall, Jr. (15-13) 174 pounds: #10/#10 Rashad Evans, Jr. (19-10) 184 pounds: Nathaniel Mesyn, So. (13-17) 197 pounds: John Wechter, Jr. (16-15) Heavyweight: Michael Keenan, So. (8-18)
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls.