Top 20 Battle on the Mat Sunday in Norman

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 01, 2010

Jan. 1, 2010

 No. 10 Wrestling vs. No. 16 Cal Poly
 Date & Time  Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Howard McCasland Field House
 Match Information  Live Scoring

- First 250 fans receive an OU wrestling stadium cup and free drink voucher
- Pre-match youth wrestling clinic 

NORMAN, Okla. -- The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (4-0-1) returns from the holidays this Sunday, Jan. 3 when it takes on No. 16 Cal Poly (3-0) in its first dual of the new year inside the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman at 2 p.m.

In their last action, the Sooners claimed third place at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Primm, Nev., on Dec. 5. OU is 1-0-1 against top 20 teams this season, as it earned a win over then-No. 20 Arizona State on Nov. 22 and tied No. 3 Oklahoma State on Dec. 1.

Oklahoma holds a 29-3-2 advantage over Cal Poly in the overall series. The two schools have faced every season since 1981.

The Sooners boast eight wrestlers ranked in InterMat’s Top 20, including three in the top five. Zack Bailey and Eric Lapotsky are No. 4 at 141 and 197 pounds, respectively. Ranked fifth is 149-pound Kyle Terry. Jeff James is No. 8 at 174 pounds and heavyweight Nathan Fernandez is slotted ninth.

Also ranked are No. 11 Shane Vernon (157 pounds), No. 12 Jarrod Patterson (125) and No. 17 Tyler Caldwell (165).

The Mustangs have three nationally ranked by InterMat, led by No. 4 Chase Pami at 157 pounds. Boris Novachkov is No. 9 at 133 pounds and Filip Novachkov is 13th at 144 pounds.

The first 250 fans entering the Howard McCasland Field House for the top 20 dual will receive an OU wrestling stadium cup and free drink voucher.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and admission is free to the public.


The University of Oklahoma marketing department has also announced an opportunity for young Sooner fans to attend a free wrestling clinic put on by members of the Oklahoma wrestling team and coaches prior to Sunday’s match.

The clinic is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. for participants and a free pizza lunch will be served at the conclusion of the clinic.

All interested in attending the clinic should RSVP via E-mail to

 Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)  Hometown (Year)  Record
 No. 12 Jarrod Patterson (125)  Cushing, Okla. (Fr.)  15-3
 Alex Ekstrom (133)  Palmyra, N.Y. (Fr.)  5-8
 No. 4 Zack Bailey (141)  Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)  10-4
 No. 5 Kyle Terry (149)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  11-2
 No. 11 Shane Vernon (157)  Broken Arrow, Okla. (Sr.)  11-2
 No. 17 Tyler Caldwell (165)  Santa Fe, N.M. (RSo.)  12-5
 No. 8 Jeff James (174)  El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)  13-2
 Erich Schmidtke (184)  Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)  11-6
 No. 4 Eric Lapotsky (197)  Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)  13-1
 No. 9 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)  Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)  16-4


Oklahoma will travel to the Virginia Duals Jan. 8-9 in Hampton, Va. The Sooners’ next home match is Nov. 22 against Big 12 foe Iowa State at 7 p.m.

Current Oklahoma head assistant coach Sammie Henson spent the last two seasons (2007-09) as the head assistant at Cal Poly.

Sooner head coach Jack Spates' career mark at home stands at 87-26-3 (.765) now in his 17th season in Norman, including a 3-0-1 record this season.

Oklahoma wrestling coach Jack Spates recently signed nine high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, including four ranked in the top 12 nationally in their respective weight classes by Intermat and five from the state of Oklahoma.

Leading ranked recruits is Kyle Colling from Yorkshire, N.Y., ranked No. 4 nationally among 215 pounders. Colling's accomplishments include a New York state title and champion at High School Nationals.

Jenks, Okla., product Justin Deangelis, a two-time state champion and Junior National All-American, is seventh in the 145 pound division and Stilwell, Kan., native Parker Madl is 11th at 171 pounds. Madl is a Kansas state champion and a Junior National All-American.

Ronnie Balfour, an Oklahoma state champion and Junior National All-American, from Tulsa, Okla., rounds out the group ranked No. 12 among 160 pounders.

Other Oklahomans joining the roster next season are Dustin Reed from Choctaw, Pawhuska native Dax Perrier and Quincy Mondaine from Muskogee. All three have earned runner-up finishes at the Oklahoma state championships.

The class is completed with the signings of Sean Datte from Las Flores, Calif., and Chase Gordon of Oveido, Fla. Gordon joins the Sooners as a Florida state champion and Junior Nationals runner-up.

All-session tickets are now available for the 2010 Big 12 Wrestling Championships. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.

 All-Session Prices
 Lower Reserved  $25
 Upper Reserved  $15
 2 & Under (Must Sit on Lap)  Free


 Single-Session Prices
 Lower Reserved  $15
 Upper Reserved  $10
 2 & Under (Must Sit on Lap)  Free
There are a total of two sessions for this event. Both sessions are on March 6, 2010. Times will be announced as they become available.

An all-session ticket consists of a ticket for both sessions. Single-session tickets will be made available at the event on the first day of competition and are based on availability. All seats are reserved.



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