The Oklahoma wrestling program boasts six returning All-Americans for the upcoming 2013-14 season, and each Tuesday leading up to competition, a different one will be highlighted. Hear from redshirt senior Kendric Maple this week.
In 2013, Maple became the first Sooner in eight years to claim an individual NCAA Championship, doing so at 141 pounds. Maple finished a perfect 31-0 in 2012-13, making him one of six wrestlers nationally to end the season undefeated.
During quarterfinal action of the 2013 NCAA Championships, Maple earned his 100th career win, making him the first wrestler under head coach Mark Cody to reach the milestone. He is one of 13 Sooners all-time to reach at least 100 victories in his career.
The Wichita, Kan., native has assembled an illustrious OU career thus far in which he has posted a 102-18 overall record. Maple garnered back-to-back All-America honors in his redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior seasons and also won Big 12 titles in those years.
Maple has also excelled academically, earning first team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the 2012-13 season, a year after being place on the second team. In May, he was named to the NWCA’s Division I Individual All-Academic wrestling team for the 2012-13 season.
"Kendric has proved to be a great leader for our program," OU head coach Mark Cody said. "He does everything right. He's an exceptional student, a great athlete and equally a great person. He has set the benchmark for this program not only athletically but academically."
The Sooners will hold the annual Red/White Scrimmage at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at McCasland Field House before official competition begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Shorter College at Southmoore High School. The United Way will run the event, with proceeds going toward tornado relief efforts.