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BIG 12 ALL-STARS TO BATTLE KOREANS IN FREESTYLE DUAL MEET IN NORMAN, OKLA., SUNDAY, MAY 21

A team of Big 12 wrestling all-stars will battle a Korean all-star team in a freestyle wrestling dual meet on Sunday, May 21, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.

The dual meet will be held at the OU Field House, starting at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.

A free wrestling clinic by 1998 World Champion Sammie Henson will be held prior to dual meet from 12:30-2:00 p.m. An autograph session will be held immediately following the dual.

The Big 12 team, coached by University of Oklahoma Head Assistant Coach Chuck Barbee, contains six All-Americans, including Nebraska national champion Brad Vering.

The University of Nebraska will be led by three athletes, junior Todd Beckerman at 134.2 pounds, sophomore Bryan Snyder at 156.2 pounds and junior Brad Vering at 198 pounds. Beckerman finished second at the 2000 Big 12 Championships. Snyder was the 2000 Big 12 champion. Vering won a 2000 NCAA Div. I title.

Oklahoma State, the Big 12 Conference team champion, will be represented by Reggie Wright at 149.6 pounds. The junior captured the conference title at 149 pounds.

Iowa State will be represented by Joe Heskett at 165 pounds. Heskett, a sophomore, finished second at both the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Championships.

Oklahoma will be represented by two wrestlers, Michael Lightner at 140.8 pounds and Witt Durden at 129.8 pounds. Lightner was the conference champion at 141 pounds. Durden finished fourth in the Big 12 Tournament at 133 pounds.

Missouri will have three team members: Jesse West at 129.8 pounds, John Kopnisky at 173.8 pounds and Chad Hertzog at heavyweight. Kopnisky was second in the conference at 174 pounds, and Hertzog placed fourth at heavyweight.

The Korean team will feature a number of talented athletes, including three 2000 Korean Junior National champion and two University National champions.

Sponsored by USA Wrestling and the Big 12 Conference, funding for the event is provided from a grant from the United States Olympic Committee and the NCAA. A Big 12 All-Star team traveled to South Korea in 1999 to participate in the Korean University Nationals tournament.

2000 BIG 12 ALL-STARS FREESTYLE WRESTLING ROSTER

Weight class, Name, School, Class, Hometown

129.8 - Jesse West, Missouri, sophomore, Iowa City, Iowa

134.2 lbs. - Todd Beckerman, Nebraska, junior, Crofton, Md.

134.2: Witt Durden, Oklahoma , freshman, Dublin, Ga.

140.8 - Michael Lightner, Oklahoma, junior, Marlow, Okla.

149.6 - Reggie Wright, Oklahoma State, junior., Chicago, Ill.

156.2 - Bryan Snyder, Nebraska, sophomore, Easton, Pa.

165 - Joe Heskett, Iowa State, junior, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

173.8 - John Kopnisky, Missouri , sophomore, Jefferson City, Mo.

198 - Brad Vering, Nebraska, junior, Howells, Neb.

HWT - Chad Hertzog, Missouri, sophomore, Greenwood, Mo.

Coach - Chuck Barbee, Oklahoma

KOREAN UNIVERSITY NATIONAL TEAM

Weight, name, year, achievement

129.8: Kim Jong-Dae, freshman, 1st in Korean National Junior Championship 2000 (54kg)

134.2: Na Dae-Young, sophomore, 3rd in Korean Univ. Sport Festival 1999 (54kg)

134.2: Yeo Wun-Chung, freshman, 1st in All Inter-High School 1999 (58kg)

140.8: Hwang Sun-Ho, sophomore, 3rd in Korean National Junior Championship 2000 (63kg)

149.6: Hong Kyung-Rea, freshman, 1st in All Inter-High School 1999 (63kg)

156.2: Mun Jin-Tae, no information

165.0: Jung Dae-Lee, freshman, 1st in Korean National Junior Championship 2000 (69kg)

173.8: Cheon Jong-Min, sophomore, 3rd in Korean National Junior Championship 2000 (76kg)

198.0: Noh Jae-Hyoun, freshman, 1st in Korean National Junior Championship 2000 (85kg)

281.6: Han Ki-Young , sophomore, 2nd in Korean National Championship 2000 (97kg)

Coach: Jeon Hae - Sub

Coordinator : Kim Byung - Shik

THE BIG 12 ALL-STARS VS. THE KOREAN UNIVERSITY NATIONAL TEAM TENTATIVE LINEUP

129.8: Jesse West, Missouri vs. Kim Jong-Dae

134.2: Todd Beckerman, Nebraska vs. Na Dae-Young

134.2: Witt Durden, Oklahoma vs. Yeo Wun-Chung

140.8: Michael Lightner, Oklahoma vs. Hwang Sun-Ho

149.6: Reggie Wright, Oklahoma State vs. Hong Kyung-Rea

156.2: Bryan Snyder, Nebraska vs. Mun Jin-Tae

165.0: Joe Heskett, Iowa State vs. Jung Dae-Lee

173.8: John Kopnisky, Missouri vs. Cheon Jong-Min

198.0: Brad Vering, Nebraska vs. Noh Jae-Hyoun

281.6: Chad Hertzog, Missouri vs. Han Ki-Young

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