Sooner Wrestling Excels In Oklahoma Open :: OU totals eight individual winners in its open tournament. Sooner Wrestling Excels In Oklahoma Open




Sophomore Leonce Crump won the heavyweight championship at the Oklahoma Open on Saturday.

Nov. 24, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team, ranked No. 2/3 in the nation, again showed its presence as a viable national contender by tallying seven individual champions in its open tournament on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners kicked off the tournament final with yet another struggle at 125 between No. 8/6 Matt Ridings and Bo Maynes, two of the best wrestlers in the country at that individual wieght class. For the third time this season in an open final, Ridings defeated Maynes, 3-1, to claim the title and stay unbeaten this season.

At 133, second-ranked Witt Durden kept rolling as he defeated Cole Province of Central Oklahoma, 9-2, for his second win over Province this week and remained undefeted on the year.

OU picked up its third title in as many finals at 141 with NR/No. 17 Melvin Lofton defeated another Sooner, No. 12/NR Nate Parker, 3-1, in the championship.

Jared Frayer, the nation's top-ranked wrester at 149 pounds, scored two falls en route to the championship. In the final, Frayer beat Patrick Williams of Neosho, 19-10.

Doug Cieleski (NR/No. 9) won the 157 class with an 8-3 win over Baline Brown of Air Force.

The Sooners did not have a champion at 165, 174 and 197 but Josh Lambrecht, undefeated and No. 1 at 184, got by Jake Rosholt of Oklahoma State, 13-10.

In the heavyweight final, No. 4/2 Leonce Crump pinned teammate Gary Barber at 3:00.

"This tournament isn't as competitive as the others we're in during the year, but our schedule is hard enough as it is," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jack Spates. "From this tournament, we can find areas that we would have to improve if we want to be successful in the tournaments later in the season. I can definitely say this team has improved since the beginning of the year."

The Sooners next travel to New Jersey to take on Rutgers (noon) and Rider (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Dec. 1

Oklahoma's Championship Matches

125: No. 8/6 Matt Ridings, OU, dec. Bo Maynes, OU, 3-1

133: No. 2/2 Witt Durden, OU, dec. Cole Province, UCO, 9-3

141: NR/No. 17 Melvin Lofton, OU, dec. No. 12/NR Nate Parker, OU, 3-1

149: No. 1/4 Jared Frayer, OU, maj. dec. Patrick Williams, Neosho, 19-10

157: NR/No. 9 Doug Cieleski, OU, dec. Blaine Brown, Air Force, 8-3

184: No. 1/1 Josh Lambrecht, OU, dec. Jake Rosholt, OSU, 13-10

Hwt: Leonce Crump, OU, fall Gary Barber, OU, 3:00