Sooners Total Three Champions In Missouri Open :: Junior Josh Lambrecht, tournament's Outstanding Wrestler, upsets top-ranked grappler. Sooners Total Three Champions In Missouri Open




Junior Josh Lambrecht was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Missouri Open Sunday in Columbia.

Nov. 18, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team, in its second week of action on the regular season, put together an impressive performance at the Missouri Open, Sunday, in Columbia with three individual champions, five finalists, nine top-three finishers and 10 wrestlers placing in the top four.

No. 4/3 Josh Lambrecht, winner of the 184-pound weight class, was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler after defeating top-ranked Viktor Sveda of Indiana in the final, 2-1. Other OU champions include No. 2/2 Witt Durden at 133 (a 5-1 decision over Jayne Mark of Illionois) and No. 8/6 Matt Ridings (a 3-1 win over teammate Bo Maynes). All three winners remain undefeated on the season.

At 149, top-ranked Jared Frayer fell to Ryan Berger, 5-3, in the semifinals but finished third. Frayer's three wins in the tournament gave him 101 for his career.

In the heavyweight division, No. 4/3 Leonce Crump beat second-ranked Tommy Rowland of Ohio State in overtime before falling to Illinois' top-ranked John Lockhart, 3-2, in the championship match. Lockhart was the 2001 National Champion at heavyweight.

No. 12/NR Nate Parker, at 141, put up a valiant effort as well. Parker defeated two All-Americans (Wisconsin's Grant Hoerr, ranked third, and Ohio State's Robert Sessley, ranked fifth) to earn a third-place finish.

NR/No. 11 Doug Cieleski, 157-pounder, and No. 7/8 Michael Barger (174) also finished third.

"We had a really good tournament today considering the beastly competition," said OU Head Coach Jack Spates. "This is a very competitive tournament with wrestlers from teams such as Illinois, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio State. We showed all-around excellence with five finalists, nine wrestlers placing in the top three and 10 in the top four. Josh (Lambrecht), after his performance today, should be the top-ranked wrestler in the country. Nate (Parker) also came on strong today, rebounding from a sluggish start last weekend."

The Sooners will compete in their first dual match on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House against NCAA Division II-powerhouse Central Oklahoma.