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  Michael Lightner
Michael Lightner
Player Profile

Marlow, Okla.

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1998, 1999, 2000 All-American
1998, 1999, 2000 Big 12 Champion   

1999-2000: Earned NCAA runner-up honors for the second straight season and All-America honors for the third time...Fell to Carl Perry of Illinois, 5-3, in the NCAA final...Defeated seventh-seeded Chris Marshall of Central Michigan, 5-2, in the quarterfinals...Downed Northwestern’s third-seeded Scott Schatzman by major decision, 12-4, in the semifinals...Claimed his third-consecutive Big 12 title, becoming OU’s first three-time Big 12 Champion and the Sooners’ first three-time conference champion since “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (1980-82)...Champion of the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Defeated eighth-ranked Jason DeBruin of Hofstra, 3-2, for the title...Won the championship at the St. Louis Open...Selected to compete in his second NWCA All-Star Classic...Upset OSU's third-ranked Jamill Kelly, 5-1, at the National Duals...Defeated #14 Sonny Marchette, 3-0, in the dual's final match to propel OU to an 18-17 upset of Iowa State...Downed seventh-ranked Damion Logan, 8-3, at the NWCA All-Star Classic...Defeated fifth-ranked Kelly in Norman, 2-1, for his 100th career victory...Defeated Jeremy Spates from Missouri, 10-1, at the Big 12 Championships...Defeated fifth-ranked Kelly for the third time of season for the Big 12 title, 3-1.

1998-99: Earned All-America honors for the second time, finishing as the runner-up at 141 pounds...Claimed his second Big 12 Championship...Broke the school single-season win record with 42 wins...Lost to top-ranked Mark Angle (Clarion) at the NWCA All-Star Dual...Defeated Angle, who was unbeaten and the No. 1 seed at 141 pounds, to advance to the NCAA championship match...Started season with a 21-match winning streak before falling to eventual national champion Doug Schwab...Won championships at the Cowboy Open, St. Louis Open and the Oklahoma Open...Named team co-MVP...Led team in total falls...One of two Sooners to wrestle in every dual...Was ranked no lower than fourth during the season.

1997-98: The hottest Sooner wrestler at the end of the season...Earned All-America honors after finishing fifth at the NCAA Tournament...Defeated three opponents seeded higher than him to finish fifth...Downed Virginia's Jason Mutarelli, 9-3, in his opening round match...Then downed Oklahoma State's ninth-seeded Jamill Kelly, 5-3, in overtime before dropping an 11-8 decision to top-seeded Mark Ironside of Iowa...Defeated fourth-seeded Dustin Denunzio of Harvard in the fifth-place match, 5-4...Claimed the conference title at 134 pounds at the Big 12 Championships, downing Nebraska's Brad Canoyer, 10-3, in the finals...Finished third at the St. Louis Open...Won the Oklahoma Open, downing teammate Jared Frayer, 3-2, in overtime of the finals...Captured first at the Sheridan Tournament, downing Virignia Tech's Sean Gray, 10-2, in the finals...Finished the season with the most wins on the team with 32.

1996-97: Redshirted...Wrestled in open tournaments...Compiled a 6-0 record.

HIGH SCHOOL: Considered to be one of the top recruits in the state of Oklahoma...Won four state titles at 130 pounds...Only the ninth Oklahoman to win four titles...Earned the Outstanding Wrestler award his sophomore and senior seasons...Compiled a 132-1 record...Won the Pittsburgh Classic...Named to the Amateur Wrestling News 1996 High School All-America Team...Selected as Wrestler of the Year at the All-State Games.

OTHER INFORMATION: Placed second at the Junior Nationals in 1996 with seven wins and only one loss...Named to the all-area football and baseball teams...Biggest thrill in wrestling was winning the fourth state title...Lettered four years in wrestling and three years in football and baseball...Recruited by Arizona State, North Carolina and Oklahoma State...Most influenced by former Sooner assistant and Marlow product Ray Miller...Favorite athlete is Walter Payton...Majoring in history...The son of Mike and Becky Lightner...Goal after college is to wrestle on the international level.

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