Sept. 9, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma Head Wrestling Coach Jack Spates announced the 2009-10 wrestling scheduled Wednesday.
“As always, this is a very challenging schedule,” Spates said. “The competition at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic has been bolstered with 2009 national runner-up Ohio State joining the field. We have added the Las Vegas tournament and will also compete in the Virginia Duals this season. This is a schedule that will challenge our young men and prepare them for the NCAAs.”
The Sooners will kick off the season by holding the annual Red/White intrasquad scrimmage on Nov. 5 at the McCasland Field House in Norman before official competition begins Nov. 11 on the road at Central Oklahoma.
Oklahoma will host its home opener on Nov. 22 against the Pac-10’s Arizona State. The 15-match season also includes seven home duals versus Oklahoma City and North Carolina State (Nov. 28), Oklahoma State (Dec. 1), Cal Poly (Jan. 3), Iowa State (Jan. 22), Chattanooga (Feb. 12) and Oregon State (Feb. 14).
The dual versus Chattanooga will mark the third annual Beauty and the Beast event, where Sooner wrestlers will compete alongside the women’s gymnastics team at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Spates’ squad will challenge for its 11th straight Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic title on Nov. 14 in Brockport, N.Y. Also on this season’s slate is the Cliff Keen Invitational in Primm, Nev., held Dec. 4-5 and the Virginia Duals held Jan. 8-9 in Hampton, Va.
Other road contests include Big 12 matchups at Nebraska (Feb. 4) and Missouri (Feb. 6). OU will close its schedule on the road with its second matchup of the season versus in-state rival Oklahoma State on Feb. 21 in Stillwater, Okla.
For the first time since 2002, Oklahoma will play host to the 2010 Big 12 Championships in Norman at the McCasland Field House on March 6. Omaha, Neb., will host this season’s NCAA Championships March 18-20 at the Qwest Center.
“One of the highlights of our year will be hosting the Big 12 Championships in Norman,” Spates said. “We won the championship last time we hosted in 2002. We are eager to once again bring the Big 12’s best to Norman.”
2009-10 Oklahoma Wrestling Schedule
|Nov. 5||Red/White Match (scrimmage)||Norman|
|Nov. 11||at Central Oklahoma||Edmond, Okla.|
|Nov. 14||Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic||Brockport, N.Y.|
|Nov. 22||Arizona State||Norman|
|Nov. 28||Oklahoma City and North Carolina State||Norman|
|Dec. 1||Oklahoma State||Norman|
|Dec. 4-5||Cliff Keen Invitational||Primm, Nev.|
|Jan. 3||Cal Poly||Norman|
|Jan. 8-10||Virginia Duals||Hampton, Va.|
|Jan. 16||Lonestar Duals||Arlington, Texas|
|Jan. 22||Iowa State||Norman|
|Feb. 4||at Nebraska||Lincoln. Neb.|
|Feb. 6||at Missouri||Columbia, Mo.|
|Feb. 12||Chattanooga (Beauty and the Beast)||Norman|
|Feb. 14||Oregon State||Norman|
|Feb. 21||at Oklahoma State||Stillwater, Okla.|
|March 6||Big 12 Championships||Norman|
|March 18-20||NCAA Championships||Omaha, Neb.|