Junior Robbie Waller and the Oklahoma Sooners visit Nebraska for a 7 p.m. match on Friday.
Feb. 7, 2002
OU looked impressive after being off (as a team) for two weeks with a pair of wins over the Panthers and the Cyclones. Leading the way for Oklahoma was senior Jared Frayer and junior Bo Maynes. Both wrestlers scored a major decision and a fall to help the Sooners to victory. Other Sooner grapplers with two wins this past weekend include Witt Durden, Doug Cieleski, Michael Barger, and Josh Lambrecht.
The Huskers (8-6) are looking to snap a two-match skid after losing to Arizona State, 20-16, on Feb. 1 in Tempe. NU has three wrestlers ranked in the top ten, starting with No. 1 Bryan Snyder (24-0) at 157. Snyder is a three-time All-American and Big 12 Champion, the only Husker ever to do so. Nebraska is also led by No. 6 Jason Powell at 125 and No. 10 Justin Ruiz at 197. OU leads the all-time series, 31-13 and won last year in Norman by a score of 33-7.
Maynes, considered Ridings' "backup" going into this season, continued to excel in the starter's absence due to injury. The Salinas, Kansas, product upped his win mark to 17-3 and is currently second on the team with seven falls and ten victories have come via bonus.
Frayer's Chart Climbing Update
Frayer's two wins on Friday and Sunday gave the Clearwater, Fla. product 119 for his career, moving him into fifth place all time on OU's record list. Frayer also has 45 career pins, second best and 13 behind the record set by Dan Chaid. His most recent fall was extremely impressive (against No. 4/6 Billy Maldonado of Iowa State just 1:55 into the match).
Not only did he have injuries to overcome, Robbie Waller has had to face one of the tough schedules of any Sooner wrestler. Of his 13 matches, seven have been against top 20 competition including five in the top ten.
OU Wrestlers Ranked At All Ten Weights
OU's team balance is best illustrated by the fact that Sooner wrestlers are ranked in all 10 weight classes in current polls.
Oklahoma's is well on its way to establishing a new pin record for a single-season. With 61 falls this year, OU is only 21 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 111 of 255 matches (44 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better.
In the second of two annual Bedlam wrestling showdowns, the Sooners host Oklahoma State next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.
125 pounds: #3/#5 Matt Ridings, Sr. (21-3) OR Bo Maynes, Jr. (17-3) 133 pounds: #3/#3 Witt Durden, Jr. (25-2) 141 pounds: #11/#10 Nate Parker, Jr. (17-10) 149 pounds: #7/#4 Jared Frayer, Sr. (25-5) 157 pounds: #12/#12 Doug Cieleski (24-7) 165 pounds: #8/#10 Robbie Waller, Jr. (7-6) 174 pounds: #14/#15 Michael Barger, Sr. (25-7) 184 pounds: #7/#8 Josh Lambrecht, Sr. (23-4) 197 pounds: #12/#13 Tom Grossman, Jr.(14-9) Heavyweight: #3/#4 Leonce Crump, So. (18-3)
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls.