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  Robbie Waller
Robbie Waller
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Latrobe, Pa.

High School:
Mt. Pleasant, Pa.

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 165

Birthdate:
03/27/1979

Experience:
Two letters

2002 All-American
2001 Big 12 Runner-up

2001-02: Recorded his first All-American honors...A two-time NCAA qualifier...Battled injuries and, quite possibly, the toughest competition of any OU wrestler...Was ranked in the top-10 all year...17 of his 25 matches came against opponents in the top 20, including 12 in the top-10 nationally...Seven of his 16 wins were via bonus...Rallied toward the end of the regular season with a three-match winning streak...Also had a pair of key falls in the first period of two conference matches (1:55 over Nebraska's Jason High and 1:48 over Tyron Woodley of Missouri)...Defeated Woodley at the Big 12 Championships, an 8-6 tiebreaker, to gain a third-place finish and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season...Was selected to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall 2001 semester.

2000-01: Advanced to the round of 12 for the second straight season...Placed second at the Big 12 Wrestling Championships...Compiled a career-high 31 wins...Blanked Edinboro's Yanni Diamond, 6-0, in the finals of the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Placed third in the Missouri Open...Downed No. 10 Matt Lackey of Illinois, 5-4, in the Missouri Open...Upset Oklahoma State's then-sixth-ranked Ty Wilcox, 5-2...Decisioned Matt Anderson of Iowa, 7-4, at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals...Upset Joe Heskett, 9-6, at Iowa State...Beat OSU's Chris Pendleton, 4-2, in the Bedlam dual in Stillwater...Claimed 16 of his 31 victories by bonus, including 13 major decisons...Downed Pendleton, 11-9, in sudden victory in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships.

1999-00: Advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championships before being eliminated by eventual All-American Travis Doto of Lehigh...Entered the NCAA Championships as the eighth seed...Knocked out of the championship bracket by eventual All-American Brad Pike of Minnesota...Finished third at the Big 12 Championships, pinning Nebraska's Tony Denke...Defeated Hofstra's Noel Thompson, 15-4, to win the championship of the Oklahoma Gold Classic...Won the championship at the St. Louis Open...Defeated Wisconsin's Don Pritzlaff (ranked fourth nationally) and Heath Eslinger of Tennessee-Chattanooga (No. 13) on his way to the championship...Reversed seventh-ranked Ty Wilcox of Oklahoma State with four seconds remaining in their match for a 4-3 win...Collected two falls in one day when he pinned Matt Demers of Fresno State and Nate Knutson of Cal Poly...Downed Michigan State's No. 10 Greg DeGrand, 4-3.

1998-99: Redshirted...Competed unattached in open tournaments...Finished second in the Oklahoma Open to teammate Rodney Jones...Claimed a third-place finish at the Great Plains.

HIGH SCHOOL: Considered one of the top recruits in the country by several publications...Finished his high school career with a 128-3 record...Won 89 matches by pin...Completed his senior season with a perfect 29-0 mark...1998 High School National Runner-up at 160 pounds...State champion his senior season...Runner-up his sophomore and junior seasons...1998 Mid-Atlantic Classic Champion...1997 East Coast Freestyle Champion...Placed fourth at the Cadet Freestyle World Team trials in 1995.

OTHER INFORMATION: Named the Fox 53 Athlete of the Week twice in the state of Pennsylvania...A four-year letterman and two-year captain...Also recruited by Michigan, Arizona State, Nebraska, North Carolina and Penn State...Father Rob was a junior college national champion and 1972 Olympic Trials finalist...Uncle Mike also wrestled in college...Also lettered one year in football...Chose Oklahoma to acheive athletic and academic success...The son of Robert and Deborah Waller.

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