Senior Jared Frayer's pin helped propel the Sooners to a 26-16 victory over Iowa State on Sunday.
Feb. 3, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - In a conference battle between two top ten teams, the University of Oklahoma wrestling team prevailed with a 26-16 win over Iowa State Sunday in front of 793 fans at the Howard McCasland Field House. Oklahoma (15-4) came in ranked seventh in the lastest Intermat poll while the Cyclones (13-5) were fourth. The Sooners picked up key bonus points in four of their six wins en route to the Big 12 victory.
ISU jumped out to a 3-0 lead on top-ranked Joe Heskett's 5-3 win over No. 10 Robbie Waller. However, the Sooners scored the next seven points with No. 15 Michael Barger's decision at 174 and ninth-ranked Josh Lambrecht's 10-0 major decision. The Cylones then jumped out to a 12-7 lead when top-ranked Cael Sanderson registered a pin and No. 15 Mark Knauer upset No. 1 Leonce Crump, 10-9, at heavyweight. Knauer escaped with time expiring to win the match.
OU regained its composure to win four of the five final matches. Bo Maynes continued his excellence filling in for injured Matt Ridins with a 13-4 major decision win and No. 3 Witt Durden tallied a forfeit victory to give OU a 17-12 lead. ISU got to within one after No. 5 Aaron Holker picked up a major decision (9-0 over No. 12 Nate Parker ).
The Sooners put it away when fourth-ranked Jared Frayer pinned No. 6 Billy Maldonado just 1:55 into the match. The pin was Frayer's team-leading 11th on the year and the senior from Clearwater, Fla., now has 45 falls for his career (second all-time in OU history). No. 13 Doug Cieleski finished the match with a 6-1 win over No. 11 Matt Veach.
"I was extremely proud of our wrestlers, " said OU Head Coach Jack Spates. "Iowa State is a tough team and we knew it was going to be a war. However, I was a little disappointed in the way we started. Josh (Lambrecht) did an outstanding job and his extra point was big. Tommy (Grossman) did all he could. It's just the guy he was facing is unbelievable (Cael Sanderson).
The Sooners travel to Lincoln to take on Nebraska Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma 26, Iowa State 16
165: No. 1 Joe Heskett, ISU dec. No. 10 Robbie Waller (7-6), OU, 5-3 174: No. 15 Michael Barger (25-7), OU dec. Nick Passalano, ISU, 3-2 184: No. 9 Josh Lambrecht (23-4), OU maj. dec. Austen Palmer, ISU, 10-0 197: No. 1 Cael Sanderson, ISU fall No. 13 Tom Grossman (14-9), OU, 1:23 Hwt: No. 15 Mark Knauer, ISU dec. No. 1 Leonce Crump (18-3), OU, 10-9 125: Bo Maynes (17-3), OU maj. dec. No. 13 Ty Malia, ISU, 13-4 133: No. 3 Witt Durden (25-2), OU, forfeit OU 17, ISU 12 141: No. 5 Aaron Holker, ISU maj. dec. No. 12 Nate Parker (17-10), OU, 9-0 149: No. 4 Jared Frayer (25-5), OU fall No. 6 Billy Maldonado, ISU, 1:55 157: No. 13 Doug Cieleski (24-7), OU dec. No. 11 Matt Veach, ISU, 6-1
Rankings based on Intermat Poll.