Nov. 27, 2009
Wrestling vs. Oklahoma City and North Carolina State
Date & Time
Saturday Nov. 28, 2009 vs. OCU (9 a.m.) and NCSU (4 p.m.)
Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team (2-0) is set to host a double-dual this Saturday, Nov. 28 against Oklahoma City and North Carolina State. Oklahoma, who has climbed to No. 11 in this week's rankings, will dual the Stars (2-1) at 9 a.m. and the Wolfpack (1-1) at 4 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Oklahoma is coming off a 24-11 defeat of then-No. 20 Arizona State last Sunday in Norman.
"We are continuing to focus on ourselves," head coach Jack Spates said. "We are just looking forward to competing, looking to implement some of the things we have worked on. We want to wrestle sharp, hard and with focus on Saturday as we near Bedlam next week."
Saturday will be the final tuneup before the Sooners open Big 12 competition next Tuesday, Dec. 1 against in-state rival Oklahoma State in Norman at 7 p.m.
The University of Oklahoma team continues its rise in the rankings this week. The NWCA/Coaches' poll has Oklahoma slotted No. 11 and InterMat ranks the Sooners No. 14.
Seven Sooners are individually ranked this week by InterMat, a season high. Senior Kyle Terry leads all Sooners ranked No. 5 at 149 pounds. Also slotted in the top 10 are No. Eric Lapotsky at 197 pounds, No. 8 Jeff James at 174 pounds and 157-pound Chad Terry.
Also ranked for the Sooners are heavyweight Nathan Fernandez (No. 14), 141-pound Zack Bailey (No. 15) and No. 17 Tyler Caldwell competing at 165 pounds.
|Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)||Hometown (Year)||Record|
|Justin Forrest (125)||Peculiar, Mo. (RFr.)||7-5|
|Alex Ekstrom (133)||Palmyra, N.Y. (Fr.)||0-2|
|No. 15 Zack Bailey (141)||Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)||4-2|
|No. 5 Kyle Terry (149)||Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)||6-1|
|Shane Vernon (157)||Tulsa, Okla. (Sr.)||6-0|
|No. 17 Tyler Caldwell (165)||Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)||13-3|
|No. 8 Jeff James (174)||El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)||6-0|
|Erich Schmidtke||Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)||7-3|
|No. 7 Eric Lapotsky (197)||Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)||6-0|
|No. 14 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)||Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)||9-2|
GET YOUR BEDLAM TICKETS...
Sooner fans wanting to attend the first installment of Bedlam wrestling in Norman may now purchase tickets. The Sooners are set to host the Cowboys on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. inside Howard McCasland Field House.
Tickets are $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission (includes youth k-12). Group tickets are also available pre-arranged for $5. F
ans wishing to attend the match can call the OU ticket office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking here.
BEDLAM MATCH ON TV...
Cox television is set to broadcast the Bedlam matchup on Dec. 1. The dual will air on Cox channel 7 in Oklahoma City, Cox channel 3 in Tulsa, as well as be broadcasted in Woodward (KOMI), Enid (KXOK), Lawton (KSWO) and Ponca City (KTEW).
NOVEMBER EQUALS SUCCESS...
Entering his 17th season as head coach, Jack Spates has yet to lose a November dual at Oklahoma. His record stands at 24-0-1 for the month.