Junior Witt Durden won five matches at the National Duals for Oklahoma, who placed sixth at the tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
Jan. 20, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team finished 2-3 at the National Duals to earn sixth place in the 16-team tournament. The third-ranked Sooners (13-4) were one match away from the championship but wound up losing their last three including setbacks to No. 5 Iowa (17-14) and No. 4 Michigan (21-19) Sunday at Ohio State University.
Unlike their first three matches, the Sooners fell behind at the start against Iowa. The Hawkeyes jumped out early as Luke Eustice defeated No. 3/2 Matt Ridings, 8-4, at 125. After OU tied it, thanks to Witt Durden's decision victory (5-4) over fifth-ranked Cliff Moore at 133, Iowa reeled off three straight wins.
The key match was probably at 149 when OU's Jared Frayer, ranked fourth, built an 11-0 lead over top-ranked Mike Zardick in the first period only to have Zardick storm back to win, 21-19.
However, the Sooners ended the match on a high note when heavyweight Leonce Crump, ranked fourth, upset top-ranked Steve Mocco, 5-3.
Despite taking an early 13-0 lead, highlighted by Bo Maynes' pin on No. 10/12 A.J. Grant at 125, Oklahoma fell to Michigan 21-19. The Wolverines won seven straight matches after losing the first three. OU finally broke the streak at heavyweight when Leonce Crump won by forfeit.
Junior Witt Durden was lone Sooner to win all five of his matches and improved to 23-1 overall. The Dublin, Ga. product is ranked second in the country by Intermat and has a ten-match win streak.
"I was extremely impressed with the way we wrestled Ohio State last night," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jack Spates. "It was unfortunate that we lost with the way it ended and a mistake at 197 that cost us the much. Those things happen but I was disappointed with how we finished up today. We came out like a lion but really staggered home. This is the point of the season that shows what we are made of."
Oklahoma will be in action again on Friday, Feb. 1, versus No. 16/14 Northern Iowa at the McCasland Field House at 7 p.m.
Iowa 17, Oklahoma 14 125: No. 15/10 Luke Eustice, Iowa dec. No. 3/2 Matt Ridings (21-2), OU, 8-4 133: No. 3/2 Witt Durden (22-1), OU dec. No. 5/5 Cliff Moore, Iowa, 5-4 141: Marc Juergens, Iowa dec. No. 13/NR Nate Parker (16-8), OU, 8-6 (SV) 149: No. 1/1 Mike Zadick, Iowa dec. No. 4/4 Jared Frayers (23-4), OU, 21-19 157: No. 9/8 Matt Anderson, Iowa dec. No. 11/11 Doug Cieleski (22-6), OU, 3-0 165: No. 4/5 Robbie Waller (6-4), OU tech. fall NR/No. 12 Ben Shirk, Iowa, 15-0 174: No. 11/15 Tyler Nixt, Iowa dec. No. 12/14 Michael Barger (23-6), OU, 9-2 184: No. 6/5 Jessman Smith, Iowa dec. No. 2/2 Josh Lambrecht (21-3), OU, 6-4 197: No. 17/NR Tom Grossman (14-6), OU dec. Trey Clark, Iowa, 5-3 Hwt: No. 4/4 Leonce Crump (16-2), OU dec. No. 1/1 Steve Mocco, Iowa, 5-3 * = Iowa deducted a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Oklahoma 21, Michigan 19 125: Bo Maynes (14-3), OU fall No. 10/12 A.J. Grant, UM, 6:21 133: No. 3/2 Witt Durden (23-1), OU dec. NR/No. 10 Foley Dowd, UM, 6-3 141: No. 13/NR Nate Parker (17-8), OU maj. dec. No. 18/16 Clark Forward, UM, 13-1 149: No. 6/8 Mike Kulcycki, UM, dec. No. 4/4 Jared Frayer (23-5), OU, 7-2 157: No. 5/5 Ryan Bertin, UM, dec. No. 11/11 Doug Cieleski (23-7), OU, 7-3 165: NR/No. 13 Charles Martelli, UM dec. No. 4/5 Robbie Waller (6-5), OU, 6-4 (SV) 174: No. 2/2 Otto Olsen, UM fall No. 12/14 Michael Barger (23-7), OU, 4:23 184: No. 4/5 Andy Hrovat, UM dec. No. 2/2 Josh Lambrecht (21-4), OU, 5-2 197: No. 7/6 Kyle Smith, UM dec. No. 17/NR Tom Grossman (14-7), OU, 8-1 Hwt: Leonce Crump (17-2), OU, forfeit
Rankings based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat Polls.