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Wrestlers Head South for Lonestar Duals Saturday
January 14, 2010

Jan. 14, 2010

 Wrestling at the Lonestar Duals  
 Date  Saturday, Jan. 16 (All Day)
 Location  Arlington, Texas | South Grand Prairie High School Colosium
 Tickets  Ticket Information
 Event Info  Lonestar Duals Official Site
 Online  Live Stats
 Opponents  -Northwestern (10 a.m. CST)
 -Harvard (12 p.m. CST)
 -Brown (2 p.m. CST)
 -Nebraksa-Kearney (4 p.m. CST)

NORMAN, Okla. - The 11th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (8-1-1) hits the road this Saturday, Jan. 16 to compete in the Lonestar Duals in Arlington, Texas.

If the Sooners tally at least two dual wins in Texas, it will mark the 15th straight season under head coach Jack Spates of recording 10 or more victories. Set to challenge the Sooners are Northwestern (2-5-1), Brown (2-1), Nebraska-Kearney (1-4) and Harvard (2-3-1).

Oklahoma is coming off a third place finish at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 8-9. The Sooners went 3-1 at the tournament with victories against Bucknell (28-7), No. 18 Virginia (21-13) and No. 14 Penn State (22-5). Defeating the Sooners was then-No. 11 Lehigh by an 18-16 final.

"We are excited to get back on the mat after a hard-fought weekend at the Virginia Duals," Spates said. "We will use this weekend as our final preparation for the Big 12 season starting up next week. It will be great experience for some guys and will also be a good time to get some of our other guys on the mat as well. We are eager for the competition."

 Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)  Hometown (Year)  Record
 No. 13 Jarrod Patterson (125)  Cushing, Okla. (Fr.)  18-4
 Kendric Maple (133)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  17-5
 No. 6 Zack Bailey (141)  Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)  14-5
 No. 4 Kyle Terry (149)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  16-2
 No. 11 Shane Vernon (157)  Broken Arrow, Okla. (Sr.)  13-4
 No. 18 Tyler Caldwell (165)  Santa Fe, N.M. (RSo.)  15-7
 No. 19 Jeff James (174)  El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)  15-5
 Erich Schmidtke (184)  Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)  13-8
 No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (197)  Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)  16-3
 No. 13 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)  Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)  19-6

Last season, Oklahoma breezed through competition at the Lonestar Duals, beating North Carolina, Nebraska-Kearney, Appalachian State and Stanford by an average margin of 34-4. The Sooners won 35 of 40 possible matches.

Oklahoma enters the weekend with eight ranked in this week's InterMat Top 20 individual rankings, led by No. 4 Kyle Terry at 149 pounds. Also ranked in the top 10 are Zack Bailey at 141 pounds and Eric Lapotsky at 197 pounds, both ranked sixth.

Shane Vernon is No. 11 at 157 pounds and Jarrod Patterson (125 pounds) and heavyweight Nathan Fernandez are ranked 13th. Tyler Caldwell is No. 18 at 165 pounds and 174-pounder Jeff James is 19th.

  SOONER WRESTLING NOTES

LAST ACTION...
The Sooners went 3-1 at the 30th-Annual Virginia Duals, Jan 8-9 in Hampton, Va. The Sooners topped Bucknell, 28-7, and No. 18 Virginia, 21-13, to advance in the championship bracket. OU dropped a heartbreaker to No. 11 Lehigh in the semifinals, as the Sooners saw a 16-0 lead erased by the Hawks to lose, 18-16. Oklahoma capped off the weekend with an impressive 22-15 win over No. 14 Penn State to earn third place.

LAST SEASON AT LONESTAR DUALS...
Oklahoma went 4-0 at the Lonestar Duals, topping North Carolina (27-3), Nebraska-Kearney (32-7), Appalachian State (43-4) and Stanford (35-3) on Jan. 3 in Arlington, Texas. OU won 35 of 40 possible matches and won by an average margin of 34-4. Oklahoma improved to 11-0 after the successful weekend and climbed to 10th in the country.

UP NEXT...
Oklahoma returns to the Howard McCasland Field House on Jan. 22 to take on No. 2 Iowa State at 7 p.m. in Norman. The Sooners will attempt to break a seven-match Cyclone win streak, dating back to 2003. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and admission is free to the public.

GOLDEN DECADE OF WRESTLING TO BE HONORED...
The University of Oklahoma will honor 1950's wrestling members against No. 2 Iowa State on Jan. 22, a decade when the Sooners claimed three national titles (1951, 1952 and 1957). Additionally, the OU marketing department will give away 250 beanies, while all fans can enjoy 50-cent hot dogs while supplies last.

ANOTHER TOP CLASS HEADED TO NORMAN
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.

2010 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORMAN, TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
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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