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Junior All-American Witt Durden was named outstanding wrestler of the Oklahoma Gold Classic.

Nov. 10, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 2/3 Oklahoma wrestling team, behind the strength of seven individual champions, won in dominating fashion at the third annual Oklahoma Gold Classic Saturday in Brockport, N.Y. The Sooners, who have won all three Oklahoma Gold Classics, placed wrestlers in the championship match of all nine weight classes in which they entered. Witt Durden, with two technicals fall and a major decision in the final, was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament.

"We saw some good and we saw some not good," said OU Head Coach Jack Spates. "Although that's common for an opening match of the regular season. We saw some outstanding individual performances in Witt (Durden), Josh (Lambrecht) and Michael (Barger) and some of the back-up wrestlers stepped up and performed well. We can definitely learn from this match and focus on what we need to do to get better."

As expected, the 125-pound match came down to a pair of Oklahoma wrestlers who are among the best in the country in No. 8 Matt Ridings and Bo Maynes. Ridings recorded a 3-2 decision over Maynes.

From there, the Sooners reeled off three consecutive titles with wins by second-ranked Durden at 133 (21-8 major decision over Dan Rogers of SUNY-Brockport), Melvin Lofton at 141 (14-5 major decision win against Cleveland State's Nick Boucher) and, at 149, where top-ranked Jared Frayer scored a 3-0 victory over Greg Austin of Rutgers.

OU finally lost a weight class when Doug Cieleski fell to Pitt-Johnstown's Shad Benton, 10-3 at 157.

Oklahoma did not have a wrestler participate at 165.

No. 7/8 Michael Barger won the title at 174 as he scored a 6-0 decision over Justin Haskins of Rutgers while fourth-ranked Josh Lambrecht majored Brockport's Garrett Bontempo, 10-2.

Tom Grossman finished second at 197, losing to Stipe Miocic of Cleveland State in a close decision, 9-7.

Finally in the heavyweight division, No. 4-Leonce Crump won in a tiebreaker, 3-2, over Cleveland State's Russ Davie.

In addition to the seven champions and two runners-up, Oklahoma had a third-place (Gary Barber, heavyweight) and a fifth-place finisher (Josh Ferguson, 197).

Oklahoma will compete in the Missouri Open on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Columbia before hosting hosting Central Oklahoma on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Field House.