Wrestlers, Gymnasts Set for Beauty and the Beast

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 11, 2010

Feb. 11, 2010

 No. 9 Wrestling vs. Chattanooga
 Date  Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Match Info  Live Stats | OU Roster | 2009-10 Schedule and Results
 Online  Live Webcast in Oklahoma All-Access
• A pair of roundtrip plane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. courtesy of American Airlines
• (1) $200 MidFirst gift card
• (1) $100 MidFirst gift card
• (3) $30 Raising Cane's gift cards

NORMAN, Okla. - The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (14-2-1, 2-1-1) returns to Norman this Friday, Feb. 12 to host the Chattanooga Mocs (10-6) in the third annual "Beauty and the Beast" event at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m.

The wrestlers will compete alongside the No. 1-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team in the special event, who is set to take on the 16th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones.

Sooner wrestlers are coming off a successful week where they defeated Big 12 foe Nebraska last Thursday by a 22-15 final in Lincoln, followed by a dominating 25-10 win over No. 17 Missouri in Columbia last Saturday. It is first time since the 2002-03 campaign the Sooners have recorded two conference wins in a season.

Oklahoma is 2-0 in the all-time series against the Chattanooga, with both meetings coming in the past two seasons. OU topped the Mocs by a 23-14 final on Jan. 11 last season on the road in Tennessee.

 Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)  Hometown (Year)  Record
 No. 18 Jarrod Patterson (125)  Cushing, Okla. (Fr.)  23-9
 Kendric Maple (133)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  28-7
 No. 3 Zack Bailey (141)  Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)  20-5
 No. 3 Kyle Terry (149)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  21-2
 No. 12 Shane Vernon   Broken Arrow, Okla. (Sr.)   17-4
 No. 15 Tyler Caldwell (165)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  23-10
 No. 15 Jeff James (174)  El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)  20-6
 Erich Schmidtke (184)  Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)  14-13
 No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (197)  Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)  19-5
 No. 15 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)  Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)  22-9


Eight Sooners are ranked this week in InterMat's Top 20 individual rankings, led by third-ranked Zack Bailey at 141 pounds and Kyle Terry at 149 pounds. Also slotted in the top 10 is No. 6 Eric Lapotsky wrestling at 197 pounds. Senior

Shane Vernon is twelfth in the 157-pound weight class, and a trio of Sooners - Tyler Caldwell (165 pounds), Jeff James (174) and Nathan Fernandez (HWT) - is ranked No. 15. True-freshman Jarrod Patterson rounds out the list with a No. 18 ranking at 125 pounds.


The OU marketing department has announced promotions for the "Beauty and the Beast" event Friday evening. The first 250 fans attending will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, popcorn and soda.  Prizes raffled off to OU fans at the event include a $100 and a $200 MidFirst Bank gift card, as well as three $30 Raising Canes gift cards. 

Additionally, a lucky fan will win a pair of roundtrip airline tickets to any destination inside the continental United States, courtesy of American Airlines.


Tickets for the events are on sale and can be purchased online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. Prices are $8 for public general admission and $5 for student (k-12) general admission. Group tickets are also available for a discounted price.


The Sooners will fire three true freshmen -- Jarrod Patterson, Kendric Maple and Tyler Caldwell -- onto the mat Friday against the Mocs. The trio were a part of the nation's No. 2 recruiting class last season and are an impressive 74-26 overall on the season. Additionally, redshirt freshman Erich Schmidtke starts at 184 pounds for OU.

Sooner head coach Jack Spates' career mark at home stands at 88-27-3 (.785) now in his 17th season in Norman, including a 4-1-1 record this season.

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.

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
 Upper Reserved
 Age 2 & Under (must sit on lap)
 Single-Session Prices
 Lower Reserved
 Upper Reserved
 Age 2 & Under (must sit on lap)

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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