Oklahoma Wrestling Defeats No. 9 Missouri In Columbia :: Sixth-ranked Sooners tie school mark for number of victories in a season with 18. Oklahoma Wrestling Defeats No. 9 Missouri In Columbia






Feb. 26, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team tied a school record for number of victories in a season Tuesday with a 23-12 victory over No. 9 Missouri (18-3) in Columbia. The Sooners, who improved to 18-5 on the year, tied the mark with last year's as well as the 1999 squad. OU also continued its mastery of the Tigers as it improved its all-time mark to 38-2 against Missouri.

The Sooners jumped out to a 10-0 lead with decisions by No. 5/3 Leonce Crump (heavyweight), No. 6/7 Matt Ridings (125) and third-ranked Witt Durden's major decision at 133.

Missouri picked up its first win of the night with J.P. Reese upseting No. 15/10 Nate Parker, 6-4, at 141 pounds. Parker was coming off a victory over then-No. 1 Eric Larkin of Arizona State.

The teams traded matches (a victory by No. 5/8 Jared Frayer and a setback by No. 12 Doug Cieleski) before OU put the dual away with No. 9 Robbie Waller's pin of No. 17/15 Tyron Woodley just 1:48 into the match at 165 pounds.

Missouri won two of the last three matches with OU's victory coming on Josh Lambrecht's major decision at 184 pounds.

OU will host Michigan State in its regular season finale Friday at 7 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Field House.

Oklahoma 23, Missouri 12

Hwt:  No. 5/3 Leonce Crump (22-3), OU dec. Kevin Herron, MU, 7-4
125:  No. 6/7 Matt Ridings (23-4), OU dec. Mark Bader, MU, 7-3
133:  No. 3/3 Witt Durden (27-4), OU maj. dec. Chris McCormick, MU, 14-6
141:  J. P. Reese, MU dec. No. 15/10 Nate Parker (19-11), OU, 6-4
149:  No. 5/8 Jared Frayer (28-6), OU dec. No. 12/12 Jeremy Spates, MU, 6-3
157:  No. 20/NR Kenny Burleson, MU dec. No. 12/12 Doug Cieleski (24-11), OU, 8-5
165:  No. 9/9 Robbie Waller (10-7), OU fall No. 17/15 Tyron Woodley, MU, 1:48
174:  No. 13/11 John Kopnisky, MU dec. No. 15/20 Michael Barger (26-10), OU, 4-0
184:  No. 7/7 Josh Lambrecht (27-4), OU maj. dec. NR/20 Dante Stone, MU, 12-1
197:  No. 5/7 Scott Barker, MU dec. No. 13/12 Tom Grossman (16-11), OU, 15-8
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat Poll.