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  Matt Ridings
Matt Ridings
Player Profile

St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Hazelwood East

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 125


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2001 Big 12 Runner-up
2001 NCAA Qualifier

2001-02: Champion of the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Defeated teammate Bo Maynes in the finals, 3-2.

2000-01: Went 2-2 in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships...Both losses came to eventual All-Americans...Placed second at the Big 12 Championships...Won 17 consecutive matches before having his streak snapped in the Big 12 final...Had not lost since Nov. 25 at the Oklahoma Open...Registered a career-best 27 wins...Began the season as OU's backup at 125...Moved into the starting lineup after Bo Maynes injured his ribs at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals...Placed second at the Oklahoma Gold Classic, falling to Maynes, 10-7, in the finals...Placed fourth at the Missouri Open, losing to Maynes again in the third-place match...Defeated then-sixth-ranked Ryan Escobar of Illinois, 4-2, at the Missouri Open...Started OU's first dual, downing Central Oklahoma's Mark Dodgen, 6-5...Decisioned Oklahoma State's Matt Brown, 3-2, at the Oklahoma Open...Started two matches at the Lone Star Duals and one bout at the National Duals...Moved into the starting lineup permanently against Missouri Valley (1/24) and won by major decision, 14-5, over Charles Gonzalez...Claimed the championship at the Jack Hancock Invitational...Scored a takedown with 44 seconds remaing in his match against No. 14 Justin Spates of Missouri for a 7-6 victory...Overcame a 4-0 deficit against Nebraska's Jason Powell and scored a reverse with 42 seconds remaining for an 8-7 come-from-behind win...Dominated sixth-ranked Brown in an 8-1 win in Stillwater...Downed Michigan State's No. 12 Chris Williams in sudden victory, 5-4...Downed No. 16 Spates, 3-1, in the Big 12 semifinals.

1999-00: Posted a career-best 12-7 record...Five wins by major decision or better...Won his only dual action of the season, 7-6, over George Cintron of N.C. State...Finished fifth at the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Losses at the Oklahoma Gold Classic were to teammates Quantres Bates and Bo Maynes.

1998-99: Saw action in the first three duals of the season...Filled in for the injured Dane Valdez in the season's first two duals...Only loss in dual action was to three-time national champion Eric Guerrero of Oklahoma State while wrestling up a weight at 133 pounds...Also wrestled against Missouri...Finished second at the Cowboy Open and Oklahoma Open to All-American teammate Shane Valdez...Compiled a 7-5 mark on the season...Four of his losses came against eventual All-Americans.

1997-98: Redshirted...Enjoyed a solid season wrestling unattached in open tournaments...Finished the year 13-4.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman in wrestling at Hazelwood East High School...Compiled a 115-9 record...Finished as state runner-up as a sophomore and senior...Won the state championship as a senior...Named a High School Nationals All-American...Also named a Junior National All-American.

OTHER INFORMATION: A three-year letterman in soccer...Also recruited by Missouri and Syracuse...Older brothers Mark (Missouri) and Mike (Missouri Valley) wrestled collegiatelly...Mike serves as an assistant coach on Missouri Valley's staff...Majoring in business management...The son of John Ridings and Nancy Sweeney.

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