NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma wrestling team opens its 2005-06 season with the annual Red/White ranking match Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Fieldhouse.
The evening begins at 6 p.m., with an hour-long free wrestling clinic conducted by current Sooner coach and 2001 National Champion Michael Lightner. All participants in the clinic must wear wrestling shoes.
At 7 p.m., the Sooners square off with one another in their annual Red/White ranking match to determine the starters at each weight for the 2005-06 season. The Sooners come into the season ranked No. 2 nationally. They return four All-Americans in Sam Hazewinkel, Teyon Ware, Matt Storniolo and Joel Flaggert.
“This is a great opportunity for the fans to come and see the second-ranked Sooners open our season, said head coach Jack Spates.
We have six wrestlers ranked in the top six in their weight division, and four returning All-Americans.”
“There are also a lot of Oklahoma boys on the roster which should excite the home crowd as well,” Spates said.
With a new season that also brings some new faces in the lineup highlighted by 2004 Junior National Champion Jarrod King. This should also be exciting for UCO as they have their intrasquad scrimmage right along side of us. It’s going to be an exciting evening of wrestling.”
The Sooners open the regular season Nov. 12, in Brockport, N.Y., for the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic. Oklahoma opens the dual portion of the schedule against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in Edmond, Okla.
The matchups for the scrimmage are as follows:
125 pounds, Sam Hazewinkel vs. J.J. Anderson
133 pounds, Trey Blakely vs. Joe Comparin
141 pounds, Teyon Ware vs. Kyle Terry
149 pounds, Matt Storniolo vs. Will Rowe
157 pounds, Jerome Featherstone vs. Shane Vernon
165 pounds, Jarrod King vs. Jake Jackson
174 pounds, Wes Roberts vs. Cody Hilbun
184 pounds, Justin Dyer vs. Josh Hinton
197 pounds, Joel Flaggert vs. Matt Cole
Heavyweight, Jake Hager vs. Austin David.
Admission to the event is free.