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  Michael Barger
Michael Barger
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sallisaw, Okla.

High School:
Sallisaw

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 174

Birthdate:
11/13/1979

Experience:
Three letters

1999 Big 12 Runner-up
1999, 2001 NCAA Qualifier

2001-02: Champion of the Oklahoma Gold Classic. 2000-01: Advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championships before being eliminated by eventual All-American Ati Conner of Nebraska, 4-3...Defeated Eastern Michigan's sixth-seeded Mike Feeney by injury default in the second round of the NCAA Championships...Was leading 8-0 at the time of the injury default...Lost to eventual NCAA runner-up Maurice Worthy of Army in sudden victory in the quarterfinals of the national tournament...Pinned Missouri's Kopnisky (3:29) to place fourth at the Big 12 Wrestling Championships...Established a career high for wins (27) for the third straight season...Also posted a personal best eight pins...Placed second at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Upset then-No. 10 Cassidy Shults of Bloomsburg, 4-2, in the semifinals of the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Pinned Central Oklahoma's Dennis Parker in OU's first dual...Finished second at the Oklahoma Open to Oklahoma State's Tyrone Lewis...Upset Lewis, 4-3, in his next match in a dual in Norman...Picked up three wins against ranked opponents - Steven Schenk of Wyoming, Brown's Karl Rittger and Northern Iowa's Eric Brown - at the Lone Star Duals...Pinned then-No. 1 Otto Olson of Michigan in 1:52 at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals...Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance at the National Duals...Upset sixth-ranked Kopnisky of Missouri, 6-5...Rode Nebraska's No. 13 Conner for all but six seconds of the third period for a 2-1 win...Lost to Lewis on a takedown with 11 seconds remaining in the third period in their match in Stillwater...Pinned Michigan State's Nate Meslyn in OU's final dual of the season.

1999-00: Compiled a career-high 21 wins while backing up Byron Tucker at 174 pounds...Finished third at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Pinned a career-best six opponents...Won all three duals in which he started...Finished fourth at the St. Louis Open...Compiled a 21-6 record.

1998-99: Finished second at the Big 12 Championships...Made his first NCAA Championships appearance...Dropped his first match of the championships to the No. 12 seed and eventual All-American Ryan Cunningham of Central Michigan, 8-1...Won his next two matches...Eliminated from the championships by eventual All-American Josh Koscheck (Edinboro)...Started the season behind Keith Wilson on the depth chart...Took over the starting spot after Wilson went down with an injury versus Hofstra...Also wrestled at 184 pounds...Recorded his first career fall against Oregon's Jesse Culp...Co-winner of the team's Most Improved Wrestler award.

1997-98: Redshirted...Compiled a 9-4 record in open tournaments...Recorded five major decisions.

HIGH SCHOOL: Compiled a 136-18 record over four years at Sallisaw High School...Coached by Steve Shibley...Tallied 70 pins for his career...Posted a 35-0 record in 1996 on his way to a state title...1997 state runner-up...A four-time state placer...Recorded 74 consecutive victories until the final of the 1997 state tournament...A four-year letterman and captain in wrestling...Earned All-State honors...Also recruited by Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Central Oklahoma, Brown, Columbia, Army and Tennessee-Chattanooga.

OTHER INFORMATION: Named a citizen-scholar in high school...A member of both the State and National Honor Society...Chose Oklahoma because of the educational opportunities and the atmosphere...Majoring in finance...Father Daniel was a professional billiards player...The son of Daniel and Cindi Barger.

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