Junior Witt Durden, ranked No. 3 in the nation, and Oklahoma host Arizona State Thursday at 7 p.m.
Feb. 21, 2002
The Sooners continued to have no answer for their archrival, Oklahoma State. On Sunday, OU fell to the Cowboys, 17-8, in front of 4,553 at the Lloyd Noble Center. OSU jumped out to a 12-0 and, despite a mini-surge by the Sooners, won easily, 17-8. Oklahoma reeled off three straight wins by Josh Lambrecht (184), Tom Grossman (197) and Leonce Crump (heavyweight). Both Lambrecht and Grossman avenged earlier losses to the same Cowboy opponents (Pat Popolizio and Willie Gruenwald, respectively) in the December loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
About Arizona State
The Sun Devils are 9-4 after losing to Fresno State at home on Sunday, 22-20. ASU was winning 20-9 before losing the final three matches and, subsequently, the meet. However, the Sun Devils are 6-0 in the Pac 10. Arizona State has two of the best wrestlers in the country at 133 (David Douglas) and at 141 (Eric Larkin). Douglas is 25-3 and ranked seventh while Larkin sports a 24-3 mark and is No. 1 in the nation in the latest Amateur Wrestling News Poll. The Sun Devils also have five wrestlers ranked in the top 10. OU leads the all-time series with the Sun Devils, 18-12-1, and won last year, 20-12, in Tempe.
Two weight classes, 133 and heavyweight, are scheduled to have the same two wrestlers competing like last year. Crump defeated Fluckiger 3-2, while Douglas defeated Witt Durden, 7-1. However, Durden and Douglas meet again at the National Championships with Durden prevailing, a 6-4 sudden victory.
Frayer now has 120 wins and 46 falls for his career, good for fifth and second, respectively, on OU's all-time career list. This year, the senior from Clearwater, Fla., leads the team with 12 pins and 26 victories.
The Sooners have two of the best backups in the country at 125 (Bo Maynes) and 141 (Melvin Lofton). Combined, the two Sooner grapplers are 35-6. Maynes has won eight straight matches, is 8-0 in dual matches and has beaten five top-20 opponents. Lofton, despite not wrestling since the National Duals, has won four straight matches with two top 20 wins.
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.
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.
Oklahoma's is well on its way to establishing a new pin record for a single-season. With 64 falls this year, OU is only 18 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 116 of 265 matches (44 percent of its wins this season) by major decision or better.
#6/#6 Oklahoma (16-5)
125 pounds: #6/#7 Matt Ridings, Sr. (21-4) OR Bo Maynes, Jr. (18-3) 133 pounds: #3/#3 Witt Durden, Jr. (26-3) 141 pounds: #15/#10 Nate Parker, Jr. (18-10) 149 pounds: #5/#8 Jared Frayer, Sr. (26-6) 157 pounds: #12/#12 Doug Cieleski, Sr. (24-9) 165 pounds: #9/#9 Robbie Waller, Jr. (8-7) 174 pounds: #15/#20 Michael Barger, Sr. (25-9) 184 pounds: #7/#7 Josh Lambrecht, Sr. (25-4) 197 pounds: #13/#12 Tom Grossman, Jr. (15-10) Heavyweight: #3/#5 Leonce Crump, So. (20-3)
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/InterMat polls.