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Byron Tucker
Player Profile
Class:
Senior
Hometown:
McKenney, Va.
Weight:
174

1997 Big 12 Runner-up
Three-Time NCAA Qualifier

1999-2000: Ranked fifth in the nation at 174 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News.

1998-99: Redshirted...Compiled a 7-0 record while competing in open tournaments...Champion of the Oklahoma Open and Great Plains...Won every match by major decision or better...Recorded one fall, five technical falls and one major decision...Was ranked as high as eighth in preseason polls before the announcement of his decision to redshirt.

1997-98: Entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed but finished the event a disappointing 2-2...Downed Illinois' Bill Zeman 12-2 in the opening round of the tournament...Also downed Lehigh's Travis Doto 6-4 in the tournament...Dropped a 5-3 to Purdue's Eric Douglas before being eliminated by 11th-seeded Sam Kline of West Virginia 9-8... Finished third at the Big 12 Championship, downing Missouri's Jared Sears 11-5 in the final...Named the Jan. 13 Big 12 Wrestler of the Week...Began the season redshirting, but was pulled out of redshirt after Keith Wilson injured his knee...Selected to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic in Buffalo, N.Y...Lost to Oklahoma State's Hardell Moore 3-1 in overtime at the Classic...One of seven Sooners to finish with 20 or more wins...Enjoyed a solid regular season, rising as high as second in the country...Started the season strong, winning nine straight matches and 14 of his first 15.

1996-97: One of five Sooner wrestlers with 20 or more wins.... Placed second at the Inaugural Big 12 Championship...Lost a 4-3 tiebreaker to Oklahoma State's Hardell Moore in the final of the championship...Earned a No. 7 seed at the NCAA Championship...Recorded a 10-3 win over Evan Dolan of Rider in the first round...Lost an 8-5 decision to Brian Leitzel of Lock Haven...Beat Arash Alizadeh of Maryland in the consolation bracket before falling to eighth-seeded Rangi Smart 3-2...Was ranked as high as sixth in the country by Amateur Wrestling News...Took second at the St. Louis Open, forfeiting due to injury to Eastern Illinois' fourth-ranked Matt Hughes...Defeated Oklahoma State's Hardell Moore in the third round of the tournament...Won the Sheridan Invitational by defeating Drexel's Josh Stanley 10-3 in the finals...Won 13 consecutive matches after loss to Oklahoma State's Moore on Dec. 3...Went 5-0 at National Duals...Recorded wins over Penn State's Brian Romesburg, Missouri Valley's Dusty Boatright, Michigan's Erick Olson, Michigan State's Greg Degrand and Nebraska's Jason Kraft.

1995-96: OU's true freshman sensation...Ranked as high as ninth in the nation at 158 by Amateur Wrestling News...One of eight Sooner wrestlers with 20 or more wins...Finished the year with a 24-10 record...Was a second-team selection to the AWN All-Rookie team...Placed third in the Big Eight Championship...Lost in the first round to Oklahoma State's Hardell Moore 3-1...Beat Bart Horton of Iowa State in the consolation round with a fall in 3:41...Ended the tournament by decisioning Missouri's Todd Sacksteder 5-3...Earned a No. 11 seed at the NCAA Championship...Was defeated in the first round by Jacob Schaus of Pittsburgh 12-7...Beat UNC Greensboro's Joe Stanton 9-4 in the consolation bracket...Ousted from the tournament by 12th-seeded Alfonzo Tucker of Fresno State 7-6...Scored a 3-2 decision over 1995's Big Eight Champion, Nebraska's Jason Kraft, in the St. Louis Open...Defeated three other nationally ranked opponents: a 3-1 decision over Oklahoma State's Hardell Moore, a 2-1 decision over Matt Suter of Arizona State and a 6-5 decision over Brandon Alderman of Wyoming...Also had a narrow 10-7 loss to former OU assistant coach Ernest Benion of Illinois, the 1995 NCAA champion...Finished third at the Sheridan Tournament.

OTHER INFORMATION: Class 3A state champion in his senior year with a perfect 40-0 record at Western Branch High School...Third-place finisher in High School Nationals his senior year...Selected to the All-State team three times...Three-time district and regional champ...Compiled a 91-20 record during high school career...Four-year letterman in wrestling...Captain of wrestling team one season..Favorite athlete is Tom Brands...Majoring in botany.

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