Senior Matt Ridings won a pair of matches Saturday to help OU finish the day 2-1 at the National Duals.
Jan. 19, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will challenge for a third-place finish tomorrow at the National Duals after going 2-1 on Saturday. The third-ranked Sooners beat No. 13/10 Lehigh (30-9) and No. 6/6 Iowa State (21-15) before losing to seventh-ranked Ohio State, 19-17, on an overtime fall in the last match.
In the first round, OU defeated No. 13/10 Lehigh, 30-9, thanks to a strong start. The Sooners were able to jump out to a 21-0 lead behind No. 3/2 Witt Durden's pin just 31 seconds in and No. 4/4 Jared Frayer's injury default victory. However, the Mountain Hawks won the next three weights, scoring tough decisions over three ranked Sooner wrestlers.
The Sooners were also aided by a forfeit in their quarterifinal match against No. 6 Iowa State. OU was leading 9-0 after a forfeit at 125 and Durden's 2-1 decision over No. 12/7 Zach Roberson. Oklahoma pushed the lead back to nine in Frayer's exciting, 5-4 win against No. 9/7 Billy Maldonado when the senior escaped with time running out.
However, Iowa State closed the gap again to three points after No. 11/11 Doug Cieleski lost in overtime, 4-3, to Brad Dillon at 157 and No. 4/5 Robbie Waller's 10-6 loss to top-ranked Joe Heskett at 165.
The Sooners scored two key victories at 174 (No. 12/14 Michael Barger) and 184 (second-ranked Josh Lambrecht) before ISU's Cael Sanderson, three-time NCAA champion, registered a fall to make it 18-15.
Crump's 5-2 win over Mark Knauer gave the Sooners the six-point win.
For the third consecutive match, Oklahoma stormed ahead early, 10-0, on the host, Ohio State, in the semifinal match. OU was spurred by Ridings' major decision and Durden's come-from-behind victory. The Buckeyes fought back, tying the match at ten on the three straight wins.
The Sooners then took what look like a convincing, 17-10 lead going into the final two matches. However, the Buckeyes won at 197 when fourth-ranked Nick Preston took down Grossman as time ran out to make it 17-13 and No. 2 Tommy Rowlands registered an improbable pin on Crump 27 seconds into overtime at heavyweight.
"The win over Lehigh was great," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jack Spates. "We rallied behind Tommy's (Grossman) incredible victory and all our wrestlers, across the board, did well against a very tough opponent. Against Iowa State, though, I thought we just weren't as aggressive enough and our six-point victory felt like it was eked out."
Oklahoma (13-2) had its ten-match win streak snapped and will face No. 5 Iowa in the consolation round tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Oklahoma 30, Lehigh 9 125: No. 3/2 Matt Ridings (20-1), OU dec. Mario Stuart, Lehigh, 8-3 133: No. 3/2 Witt Durden (19-1), OU fall Dan Hyman, Lehigh, 0:31 141: No. 13/NR Nate Parker (15-6), OU dec. Tristan Boyd, Lehigh, 10-4 149: No. 4/4 Jared Frayer (22-2), OU injury default Michael Pirozzola, Lehigh 157: No. 11/11 Doug Cieleski (22-3), OU dec. Warren Stout, Lehigh, 1-0 165: No. 5/4 Chris Vitale (15-1), Lehigh dec. No. 4/5 Robbie Waller (5-2), OU, 10-6 174: Brad Dillon (9-7), Lehigh dec. No. 12/14 Michael Barger (21-5), OU, 3-1 184: No. 11/10 Rob Rohn, Lehigh dec. No. 2/2 Josh Lambrecht (19-2), OU, 4-2 197: No. 17/NR Tom Grossman (13-4), OU dec. No. 2/2 Jon Trenge, Lehigh, 10-7 Hwt: No. 4/4 Leonce Crump (14-1), OU injury default Shawn Laughlin, Lehigh
Oklahoma 21, Iowa State 15 125: Bo Maynes (14-3), OU forfeit 133: No. 3/2 Witt Durden (20-1), OU dec. No. 12/7 Zach Roberson, ISU, 3-2 141: No. 10/9 Aaron Stolker, ISU dec. No. 13/NR Nate Parker (15-7), OU, 5-0 149: No. 4/4 Jared Frayer (23-2), OU dec. No. 9/7 Billy Maldonado, 5-4 157: Matt Veach, ISU dec. No. 11/11 Doug Cieleski (22-4), 4-3 (SV) 165: No. 1/1 Joe Heskett, ISU dec. No. 4/5 Robbie Waller (5-3), OU, 4-1 174: No. 12/14 Michael Barger (22-5) dec. Nick Passolano, ISU, 2-1 184: No. 2/2 Josh Lambrecht (20-2), OU dec. Austen Palmer, ISU, 4-1 197: No. 1/1 Cael Sanderson, ISU fall No. 17/NR Tom Grossman (13-5), OU, 4:38 Hwt: No. 4/4 Leonce Crump (15-1), OU dec. Mark Knauer, ISU, 5-2 OU
Ohio State 19, Oklahoma 17 125: No. 3/2 Matt Ridings (21-1), OU maj. dec. Jesse Leng, OSU, 14-5 133: No. 3/2 Witt Durden (21-1), OU dec. No. 7/9 Jesse Ratliff, OSU, 11-5 141: No. 13/NR Nate Parker (16-7), OU dec. No. 8/10 Robert Sessley, OSU, 5-3 (SV) 149: No. 12/11 Keaton Anderson, OSU dec. No. 4/4 Jared Frayer (23-3), OU, 6-4 157: No. 13/12 Josh Jansen, OSU maj. dec. Doug Cieleski (22-5), OU, 12-4 165: No. 11/10 John Clark, OSU dec. No. 4/5 Robbie Waller (5-4), OU, 3-2 174: No. 12/14 Michael Barger (23-5), OU dec. NR/No. 20 Ryan Hieber, OSU, 4-0 184: No. 2/2 Josh Lambrecht (21-2), OU maj. dec. No. 15/17 Adam Talamantes, 11-2 197: No. 4/4 Nick Preston, OSU dec. No. 17/NR Tom Grossman (13-6), OU, 6-4 Hwt: No. 2/2 Tommy Rowland, OSU fall No. 4/4 Leonce Crump (15-2), OU, 7:28 (SV)
Rankings bases on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat Polls.