Junior Josh Lambercht, the nation's second-ranked wrestler at 184, leads OU into the National Duals this weekend at Ohio State.
Jan. 17, 2002
Oklahoma, 11-1 on the year and ranked third, goes up against some of the best in the country this weekend at the National Duals at Ohio State University. In the Division I Championship bracket, Oklahoma is slated to take on Lehigh on Saturday, January 19, at St. John Arena at 11 a.m.
OU Rolls In A Pair Of Dual Meets
The Sooners increased their winning streak to eight matches with a two wins last Sunday over Fresno State (30-6) and Cal Poly (40-3). In the Bulldog match, which took place at Yukon High School, OU lost only two matches, but the highlighted affair featured a Sooner on the losing side. No. 3/2 Matt Ridings lost for the first time this year, falling to top-ranked and two-time NCAA Division I Champion Stephen Abas, 6-5, after a furious rally at the end of the match. Leonce Crump's fall and Michael Barger's technical fall highlighted Oklahoma's win. Oklahoma romped in the Mustang win with four of its nine wins tallying bonus. Jared Frayer and Matt Ridings each recorded pins to lead OU.
Lehigh is 6-3 overall and ranked No.13/10 in the country with all three losses coming to teams in the top 15 in the nation. The Mountain Hawks have two of the best wrestlers in the country at 197 (Jon Trenge) and 165 (Chris Vitale). Trenge is ranked second in the country while Vitale is currently No. 5/4 and was an All-American last year. OU leads the all-time series with Lehigh, 11-1, and won the last meeting, 20-18, in 1998.
Oklahoma State A Distant Memory
Several wrestlers have not lost since the OSU defeat back on December 9 in Stillwater. Frayer and Doug Cieleksi (eight straight), Josh Lambrecht (seven), and Witt Durden (five) all have put together impressive streaks. In fact, Lambrecht's and Durden's only loss this season came against the Cowboys.
Frayer Keeps Climbing
Frayer will undoubtedly leave Oklahoma with an indelible mark on the OU record book. With two victories last Sunday, Frayer moved into a sixth-place tie on the Sooners' all-time victory list with 115. Frayer leads Oklahoma this season with 10 pins and needs fourteen falls to tie the all-time record with Dan Chaid (1983-86), who has 58 career pins.
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.
Twenty-One Is The Number
Three Sooner wrestlers are tied for first on the team with 21 pins. Cieleski, Frayer and Michael Barger are in a three-way tie for the team lead in victories.
Oklahoma's is well on its way to establishing a new pin record for a single-season. With 58 falls this year, OU is only 24 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 105 of 225 matches (47 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better. The following are OU's bonus points leaders. Here are some of the best wrestlers in that category.
Oklahoma will be in action next on Friday, Feb. 1, versus No. 16/14 Northern Iowa at the Howard McCasland Field House at 7 p.m.
No.3/3 Oklahoma 125 pounds: #3/#2 Matt Ridings, Sr. (19-1) OR Bo Maynes, Jr. (13-3) 133 pounds: #3/#2 Witt Durden, Jr. (18-1) 141 pounds: NR/#11 Melvin Lofton, Sr. (17-3) OR #12/NR Nate Parker, Jr. (14-6) 157 pounds: #5/#4 Jared Frayer, Sr. (21-2) 157 pounds: #13/#11 Doug Cieleski, Sr. (21-3) 165 pounds: #5/#5 Robbie Waller, Jr. (5-1) 174 pounds: #12/14 Michael Barger, Sr. (21-4) 184 pounds: #6/#2 Josh Lambrecht, Jr. (19-1) 197 pounds: #16/NR Tom Grossman, Jr.(12-4) Heavyweight: #4/#2 Leonce Crump, So. (13-1)
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls.