Sophomore Leonce Crump won his match Sunday but OU was beaten by Oklahoma State, 18-15, in Stillwater.
Dec. 9, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma lost its first dual meet of the year as it fell to Oklahoma State, 18-15, Sunday in Stillwater. OU (3-1) wasn't able to overcome losing five of the first six matches to the Cowboys (3-1) in the first of its two annual battles with Bedlam-rival OSU.
The Sooners were dealt a severe blow in the first match when OSU's Jerrod Sanders, unranked, beat No. 2/4 Jared Frayer, 7-4, at 149. Oklahoma State then won the next two matches in close fashion to make it 9-0 with No 2/3 Shane Roller's 3-0 decision over NR/No. 7 Doug Cieleski at 157 and No. 10/5 Ty Wilcox's victory against No. 5/4 Robbie Waller, a 5-3 win at 165.
OU finally won a match when No. 9/16 Michael Barger scored a near-fall in overtime to upend No. 10/5 Ty Wilcox, 11-8, at 174. However, OSU increased the lead back to nine after OU's Josh Lambrecht, the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 184, lost to No. 12/3 Pat Popolizio, 3-2. Popolizio scored a takedown late in the match to win. The same thing happened at 197 when Willie Gruenwald registered a takedown over No. 15/19 Tom Grossman as time expired.
The Sooners stayed alive at heavyweight after No. 3/2 Leonce Crump narrowly escaped with a tiebreaking victory over No. 13/10 James Huml. No. 6/5 Matt Ridings (125) decisioned No. 5/2 Skyler Holman, 5-2, to close the gap to 15-9 and remain undefeated on the year.
However, OSU clinched the victory when Johnny Thompson defeated Witt Durden, 5-3, at 133. Both wrestlers were ranked No. 1 by the two major polls (Thompson in Amateur Wrestling News and Durden in Intermat).
Finally, at 141, Nate Parker recorded a fall over Ronnie Delt at 2:41 to make the final score a respectable 18-15 margin.
OSU's triumph over Oklahoma means the Cowboys increased their lead over the Sooners in the Bank of Oklahoma Bedlam Series presented by Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers to a 4-1 advantage. Thus far during the 2001-02 series, OU has posted a victory in soccer while OSU prevailed in cross country, football and wrestling. The Cowboys gained a total of one point for the cross country wins, two points for the football victory and one point for the wrestling win.
This is the second year for Bank of Oklahoma to be the title sponsor and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers to be the presenting sponsor of the Bedlam Series. The Sooners and Cowboys annually meet head-to-head in eight sports. The series winner in each of these sports is awarded the Bank of Oklahoma Bedlam Bell traveling trophy. At the end of the year, an overall winner is announced.
Oklahoma will be off for nearly a month before its next match against Bacone on Jan. 3 at Oklahoma City's Heritage Hall High School at 1 p.m. and then, at 7 p.m., will dual with North Carolina State at the Howard McCasland Field House.
Oklahoma State, 18, Oklahoma 15
149: Jerrod Sanders (7-1), OSU dec. No. 2/4 Jared Frayer (13-2), OU, 7-4 157: No. 2/3 Shane Roller (7-1), OSU dec. NR/No. 7 Doug Cieleski (13-3), OU, 3-0 165: No. 3/2 Tyrone Lewis (7-0), OSU dec. No. 5/4 Robbie Waller, (3-1), OU, 5-3 174: No. 9/16 Michael Barger (15-2), OU dec. No. 10/5 Ty Wilcox (6-2), OSU, 11-8 (SV) 184: No. 12/3 Pat Popolizio (8-0), OSU dec. No. 1/1 Josh Lambrecht (12-1), OU, 3-2 197: Willie Gruenwald (5-2), OSU dec. No. 15/19 Tom Grossman (7-3), OU, 3-2 Hwt: No. 3/2 Leonce Crump (11-1), OU dec. No. 13/10 James Huml (7-1), OSU, 1-1 (TB) 125: No. 6/5 Matt Ridings (15-0), OU dec. No. 5/2 Skyler Holman (7-1), OSU, 5-2 133: No. 1/2 Johnny Thompson (7-1), OSU dec. No. 2/1 Witt Durden (12-1), OU, 5-3 141: Nate Parker, (11-5), OU fall Ronnie Delk (6-2), OSU, 2:41