Big 12 All Stars defeat Korea 30 9 in Norman Okla May 21

By Gary Abbott | May 22, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)
BIG 12 ALL-STARS DOWN KOREA, 30-9, MAY 21, CLAIMING EIGHT OF 10 MATCHES IN NORMAN, OKLA.

NORMAN, Okla. - The Big 12 All-Stars wrestling team, led by Oklahoma Head Assistant Coach Chuck Barbee, won eight of 10 matches to defeat the Korean University National Team, 30-9, today at the OU Field House. Highlighting the match were pins by Oklahoma's Witt Durden and Michael Lightner and Oklahoma State's Reggie Wright.

The Korean team got off to an early start, winning the dual's first match before the Big 12 All-Stars claimed the next six. Nebraska's Todd Beckerman scored five-second period points to pull away from Na Dae-Young for a 7-2 victory. The Big 12 followed with pins by Durden (5:00), Lightner (5:34) and Wright (:45).

NU's Bryan Snyder won 10-4 at 156.2 pounds and Joe Heskett of Iowa State claimed 4-1 decision at 165. Cheon Jong-Min recorded Korea's second victory at 173.8 pounds in a 4-3 come-from-behind win against Missouri's John Kopnisky. The Big 12 countered with Nebraska's NCAA champion Brad Vering scoring a 4-0 shutout at 198 pounds. Missouri heavyweight Chad Hertzog won the dual's final match by injury default

A second dual with the Korean National Team will take place on Tuesday, May 23. The second dual will feature the Korean team against standouts from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Action begins at 6 p.m. at the OU Field House.

Big 12 All-Stars 30, Korean University National Team 9

129.8: Kim Jong-Dae, Korea, dec. Jesse West, Big 12, 6-4

134.2: Todd Beckerman, Big 12, dec. Na Dae-Young, Korea, 7-2

134.2: Witt Durden, Big 12, fall Yeo Wun-Chung, Korea, 5:00

140.8: Michael Lightner, Big 12, fall Hwang Sun-Ho, Korea, 5:34

149.6: Reggie Wright, Big 12, fall Mun Jin-Tae, Korea, :45

156.2: Bryan Snyder, Big 12, dec. Hong Kyung-Rae, Korea, 10-4

165.0: Joe Heskett, Big 12, dec. Jung Dae-Lee, Korea, 4-1

173.8: Cheon Jong-Min, Korea, dec. John Kopnisky, Big 12, 4-3

198.0: Brad Vering, Big 12, dec. Noh Jae-Hyoun, Korea, 4-0

281.6: Chad Hertzog, Big 12 won by injury default

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, sophomre, Greenwood, Mo.

Coach - Chuck Barbee, Oklahoma