Oklahoma Wrestling Brings Home 2002 Big 12 Championship :: Three Sooners earn individual championships. Oklahoma Wrestling Brings Home 2002 Big 12 Championship






March 9, 2002

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* Head Coach Spates
* J. Frayer
* J. Lambrecht
* L. Crump

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team won its first Big 12 Championship since 1999 with an impressive performance Saturday in front of 3,367 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center. OU was led by three individual champions (Jared Frayer, Josh Lambrecht and Leonce Crump) and a pair of second-place finishes (Matt Ridings, Witt Durden and Michael Barger).

Lambrecht and Crump captured conference titles for a second straight year and Frayer got his first after three-second place finishes. Frayer's victory over Billy Maldonado and Crump's win against James Huml, both in the championship, were their third victories on the year over their respective opponents.

The Sooners also excelled in the consolation round for third place. All four OU grapplers won their round (Nate Parker, Doug Cieleski, Robbie Waller and Tom Grossman and gained Oklahoma valuable points on its way to the first-place win. No Sooners finished lower than third. Therefore, under the NCAA qualifying rules, all 10 weight classes advanced to the NCAA Finals.

Oklahoma will next compete in the NCAA National Championships from March 21-23 in Albany, N.Y.

Team Scores
1.  Oklahoma         87
2.  Oklahoma State   73
3.  Iowa State       63.5
4.  Nebraska         32.5
5.  Missouri         26.5

Championship Matches 125: (1) Skyler Holman, OSU dec. (3) Matt Ridings, OU, 6-1 133: (1) Johnny Thompson, OSU dec. (2) Witt Durden, OU, 4-0 141: (2) Aaron Holker, ISU fall (1) J.P. Reese, MU, 4:09 149: (1) Jared Frayer, OU dec. Billy Maldanado, ISU, 10-3 157: (1) Bryan Snyder, NU dec. (2) Shane Roller, OSU, 6-2 165: (1) Joe Heskett, ISU dec. (2) Tyrone Lewis, OSU, 3-1 174: (5) Ty Wilcox, OU dec. (3) Michael Barger, OU, 4-2 (TB) 184: (1) Josh Lambrecht, OU dec. (3) Pat Popolizio, OSU, 4-0 197: (1) Cael Sanderson, ISU tech. fall (2) Scott Barker, OSU, 21-4 Hwt: (1) Leonce Crump, OU dec. (3) James Huml, OSU, 3-2

Consolation (Fourth Place Challenge) 149: (3) Jerrod Sanders, OSU dec. (4) Jeremy Spates, MU, 6-2 157: (3) Matt Veach, ISU dec. (4) Kenny Burleson, MU, 9-4

Consolation Championship (Third Place) 125: (4) Mark Bader, MU maj. dec. (5) Ty Malia, ISU, 14-4 133: (3) Zach Roberson, ISU maj. dec (4) Joey Malia, NU, 11-3 141: (3) Nate Parker, OU fall (4) Ronnie Delk, OSU, 3:21 149: (5) Travis Shufelt, NU fall (4) Jeremy Saptes, MU, 4:20 157: (5) Doug Cielseki, OU dec. (4) Kenny Burleson, MU, 5-2 165: (3) Robbie Waller, OU dec. (4) Tyron Woodley, 8-6 (TB) 174: (1) John Kopnisky, MU dec. (4) Nick Passolano, 7-3 184: (2) Travis Pascoe, NU dec. (4) Dante Stone, MU, 6-5 197: (4) Tom Grossman, OU fall (5) Willie Gruenwald, OSU, 4:00 Hwt: (2) Mark Knauer, ISU dec. (4) Kevin Herron, MU, 6-4

Semifinals 125: (1) Skyler Holman, OSU dec. (4) Mark Bader, 6-1 (3) Matt Ridings, OU dec. (2) Jason Powell, NU, 6-4 133: (1) Johnny Thompson, OSU dec. (4) Joey Malia, NU, 10-5 (2) Witt Duden, OU dec. (3) Zach Roberson, ISU, 4-1 141: (2) Aaron Holker, ISU dec. (3) Nate Parker, OU, 8-6 (1) J.P. Reese, MU dec. (4) Ronnie Delk, OSU, 10-4 149: (1) Jared Frayer, OU fall (4) Jeremy Spates, MU, 6:10 (2) Billy Maldonado, ISU dec. (3) Jerrod Sanders, OSU, 6-3 157: (1) Bryan Snyder, NU maj. dec. (4) Kenny Burleson, MU, 15-4 (2) Shane Roller, OSU tech. fall (3) Matt Veach, ISU, 16-0 165: (2) Tyrone Lewis, OSU dec. (3) Robbie Waller, OU, 3-1 (TB) (1) Joe Heskett, ISU dec. (4) Tyron Woodley, MU, 6-3 174: (5) Ty Wilcox, OSU dec. (1) John Kopnisky, MU, 3-2 (3) Michael Barger, OU fall (2) Tony Denke, NU, 2:29 184: (3) Pat Popolizio, OSU dec. (2) Travis Pascoe, NU, 4-3 (1) Josh Lambrecht, OU tech. fall (4) Dante Stone, MU, 18-2 197: (1) Cael Sanderson, ISU tech. fall (4) Tom Grossman, OU, 24-8 (2) Scott Barker, MU maj. dec. (3) Justin Ruiz, OU, 14-2 Hwt: (1) Leonce Crump, OU fall (4) Kevin Herron, MU, 1:23 (3) James Huml, OSU dec. (2) Mark Knauer, ISU, 5-2

First Round 125: (4) Mark Bader, MU maj. dec. (5) Ty Malia, ISU, 14-4 133: (4) Joey Malia, NU tech. fall (5) Chris McCormick, MU, 18-2 141: (4) Ronnie Delk, OSU dec. (5) Dusty Spaulding, NU, 4-2 (SV) 149: (4) Jeremy Spates, MU dec. (5) Travis Shufelt, NU, 5-4 157: (4) Kenny Burleson, MU dec. (5) Doug Cieleski, OU, 2-0 165: (4) Tyron Woodley, MU, forfeit 174: (5) Ty Wilcox, OSU, dec. (4) Nick Passolano, ISU, 6-1 184: (4) Dante Stone, MU dec. (5) Austen Palmer, ISU, 5-4 197: (4) Tom Grossman, OU dec. (5) Willie Gruenwald, OSU, 5-3 Hwt: (4) Kevin Herron, MU maj. dec. (5) Mitch Manstedt, NU, 10-2

() = seeding in the tournament.