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  Witt Durden
Witt Durden
Player Profile

Dublin, Ga.

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Height / Weight:
5-6 / 133


Two letters

2002 All-American
2001 All-American

2001-02: Finished third at the NCAA Championships to garner his second consecutive All-American honors...Two-time NCAA qualifier...Began the season red hot, winning 23 of his first 24 matches and climbing to No. 3 in the national polls...Stayed at third almost all season before slipping to fourth...Tallied bonus wins in 16 of 29 matches...Was the lone Sooner to win all five matches at the National Duals...Four of those wins against top 10 opponents...Three-time open tournament champion...Named Outstanding Wrestler at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Wrestled in the NWCA All-Star Classic at Hofstra...Lost to Oklahoma State's Johnny Thompson, 4-2...Four of his five losses came against Thompson...Other loss was to David Douglas of Arizona State (7-4)...Had 12 top-20 victories on the year, tied for the team high...Led the team with seven major decisions...Set a career high with 34 wins...Was selected to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall 2001 semester.

2000-01: Made an improbable run through the NCAA Championships, winning seven of eight matches, to place third and earn All-America honors...Only loss at nationals came to national champion Eric Juergens...Upset Iowa State's seventh-seeded Matt Azevedo, 5-4, to advance past the round of 12...Avenged a regular season loss to No. 11 David Douglas of Arizona State, 6-4, in sudden victory...Upset fifth-seeded Roman Fleszar of Hofstra, 10-5...Claimed the third-place match by downing Nebraska's third-ranked Todd Beckerman, 4-3...Posted a career-high 34 wins...Claimed the championship at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Placed third at the Missouri Open...Finished second at the Oklahoma Open...Downed No. 13 Foley Dowd of Michigan, 12-8, at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals...Winner of the Jack Hancock Invitational...Defeated Oregon State's No. 18 Ben Richards, 7-5, at a dual in Marlow, Okla...Named a second team Academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and second team Academic All-Big 12.

1999-00: Finished as the runner-up at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Finished second to former NCAA Champion and current national team member Teague Moore at the St. Louis Open...Pinned Central Oklahoma's Weston Moore (:37) in his first collegiate dual...Upset Michigan State's second-ranked Pat McNamara, 3-2...Ranked No. 13 in the nation before failing to qualify for the NCAA Championships and fell out of the polls.

1998-99: Redshirted...Competed unattached in open tournaments...Won the championship at the Oklahoma Open...Also claimed the championship in the freshman/sophomore division of the St. Louis Open.

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top recruits in the country...Finished his high school career with a 155-4 record...A four-time Georgia state champion...A two-time Espoir National finalist...A six-time Junior and Cadet All-American...1998 Regional Dave Schultz winner...Four-year letterman...Two-year captain.

OTHER INFORMATION: Chose the Sooners over Edinboro, West Virginia, Oregon, Northwestern and Wisconsin...A three-year letterman in soccer and a two-year letterman in cross country...The son of Wayne and Sherra Durden...Majoring in math.

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