Wrestlers Square-Off Against No. 17 Missouri Saturday

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 05, 2010

Feb. 5, 2010

 No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 17 Missouri 
 Date  Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
 Location  Columbia, Mo. | Hearnes center
 Match Information  Missouri Live Scoring
 Sooner Info  2009-10 Roster | Season Schedule | OU Coaching Staff

NORMAN, Okla. – The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling squad (13-2-1, 1-1-1 Big 12) will attempt to make it a Big 12 road sweep this Saturday, Feb. 6 when it takes on the 17th-ranked Missouri Tigers (7-4, 1-0) in Columbia, Mo., at 7 p.m.

Oklahoma defeated Nebraska Thursday evening by a 22-15 final to earn its first conference victory of the season. The Sooners trailed 15-0 after four bouts against the Huskers but rallied to win the next six matchups to steal the road win.

With a win over MU, the Sooners will own two Big 12 victories in a season for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.

Despite leading the Tigers by a 39-8-0 mark in the overall series, Missouri owns a four-match winning streak against OU. Last season the Tigers defeated Oklahoma in Norman on Feb. 6, 18-12.

 Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)  Hometown (Year)  Record
 No. 18 Jarrod Patterson (125)  Cushing, Okla. (Fr.)  22-9
 Kendric Maple (133)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  27-10
 No. 3 Zack Bailey (141)  Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)  19-5
 No. 3 Kyle Terry (149)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  20-2
 No. 12 Shane Vernon (157)  Broken Arrow, Okla. (Sr.)  16-4
 No. 16 Tyler Caldwell (165)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  23-9
 No. 18 Jeff James (174)  El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)  19-6
 Erich Schmidtke (184)  Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)  14-12
 No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (197)  Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)  18-5
 No. 12 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)  Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)  22-8

Oklahoma boasts eight individuals ranked this week by InterMat, led by Zack Bailey at 141 pounds and 149-pound Kyle Terry, both ranked third. Also ranked in the top 10 is No. 6 Eric Lapotsky competing at 197 pounds.

Sooners Shane Vernon and Nathan Fernandez are 12th at 157 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Ranked 16th is 165-pound Tyler Caldwell, followed by Jarrod Patterson (125 pounds) and Jeff James (174), both ranked No. 18.

Missouri counters with six ranked this week, led by No. 3 Max Askren at 184 pounds. Also ranked in the top five is No. 5 Nick Marable competing at 165 pounds. Mark Ellis is seventh at heavyweight and Dorian Henderson and Brent Haynes are 15th at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively. Todd Schavrien rounds out ranked Tigers with a No. 19 ranking at 141 pounds.

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