Feb. 17, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team lost its second match to rival Oklahoma State this season with a 17-8 defeat Sunday in front of 4,553 at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Cowboys jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back. The Sooners, ranked sixth, fell to 16-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12 while No. 4 OSU improved to 19-3 and 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference.
The Cowboys pulled out two, 4-3 victories to begin the match. No. 12 Jerrod Sanders defeated fourth-ranked Jared Frayer for the second time this season and No. 4 Shane Roller tallied a takedown on No. 12 Doug Cieleski late in the third period for the win.
It was 12-0 before the Sooners reeled off three consecutive victories. At 184, No. 8 Josh Lambrecht avenged an earlier loss with a 4-0 decision over sixth-ranked Pat Popolizio while No. 14 Tom Grossman (197) and fourth-ranked Leonce Crump (heavyweight) each escaped with one-point wins. Crump scored his decision when OSU's James Huml was whistled for a warning in overtime.
However, the Cowboys regained momentum when No. 7 Skyler Holman took down fifth-ranked Matt Ridings, 7-4, and Johnny Thompson, ranked second in the country at 133, defeated No. 3 Witt Durden for the third time this season, 7-2.
The final match at 141 was called with one second left due to misconduct on both sides. Each team was deducted a point to make it a 17-8 final. Ninth-ranked Nate Parker of Oklahoma and OSU's Ronnie Delk were wrestling the match.
"The tougher team won today," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jack Spates. "The bottom line is we need to turn this thing around. We just have to focus and confront the ones that got beat and we have to come back strong for the Big 12 Championship.
OU will remain at home with a dual match next with Arizona State on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Field House.
Oklahoma State 17, Oklahoma 8
149: No. 12 Jerrod Sanders, OSU dec. No. 4 Jared Frayer (26-6), OU, 4-3 157: No. 4 Shane Roller, OSU dec. No. 12 Doug Cieleski (24-9), OU, 4-3 165: No. 2 Tyrone Lewis, OSU dec. No. 9 Robbie Waller (8-7), OU, 5-3 174: No. 12 Ty Wilcox, OSU dec. No. 17 Michael Barger (25-9), OU, 8-6 184: No. 7 Josh Lambrecht (25-4), OU dec. No. 8 Pat Popolizio, OU, 4-0 197: No. 14 Tom Grossman (15-10), OU dec. No. 13 Willie Gruenwald, OSU, 3-2 Hwt: No. 4 Leonce Crump (20-3), OU dec. No. 16 James Huml, OSU, 6-5, 7:23 125: No. 7 Skyler Holman, OSU, dec. No. 5 Matt Ridings (21-4), OU, 7-4 133: No. 2 Johnny Thompson, OSU, dec. No. 3 Witt Durden (26-3), OU, 7-2 141: No Match, Both Teams Disqualified and Deducted A Point
Rankings based on Intermat Poll.