Oklahoma wrestling: Top-ranked Kendric Maple says Sooners have 'a lot of potential'

Oklahoma wrestler Kendric Maple is off to an 8-0 start and is currently ranked No. 1 in the 141-pound weight class.
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer, tshadid@opubco.com Published: December 8, 2012
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photo - Sooner Kendric Maple escapes from Julian Feikert in the 141pound match in Bedlam wrestling as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) in college NCAA wrestling at McCasland Field House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Sooner Kendric Maple escapes from Julian Feikert in the 141pound match in Bedlam wrestling as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) in college NCAA wrestling at McCasland Field House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Have you kept in touch with him since the transfer?

“I do keep in contact with him a little bit and he's a really great guy that I have a lot of respect for and I hope the best for him, but he's on the other team so I still want to … well, we still want to win.”

You're currently ranked No. 1 at your weight (141), does that come with any added pressure?

“I don't really look at the rankings that way. Everyone wants to come after the top guy with nothing to lose, but I'm just going to wrestle my match regardless of the rankings.”

Jordan Oliver at OSU is currently the top-ranked wrestler at 149, have you thought about the possibility of seeing him at 141 this season?

“I've definitely thought about it. He beat me in a really close match freshman year and I've been waiting for my chance to get that rematch. He's a great wrestler and that's a match I think everyone would be excited to see. Even I'd be excited to see it. We could really give the crowd a show.”

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