Wrestling Hosts No. 2 Iowa State in Big 12 Showdown

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 20, 2010

Jan. 20, 2010

 Wrestling vs. No. 2 Iowa State 
 Date  Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. CST
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Howard McCasland Field House
 Admission  Free to the public | Doors open at 6 p.m.
 Online  Live Stats
 Webcast  OU All-Access

 *Celebration of 1951-1960 Sooner wrestling teams
 *First 250 fans receive beanies
 *50-cent hot dogs while supplies last

NORMAN, Okla. - The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (12-1-1) hosts a top-10 Big 12 battle this Friday, Jan. 22, when the second-ranked Iowa State Cyclones visit Norman at 7 p.m. inside the Howard McCasland Field House.

Oklahoma will attempt to snap a seven-match skid against the squad from Ames, Iowa, dating back to 2003.

The Sooners are coming off an impressive 4-0 weekend at the Lonestar Duals in Arlington, Texas, sprinting past Northwestern (40-3), Harvard (44-6), Brown (36-4) and Nebraska-Kearney (34-4).

Iowa State (7-2), winners of back-to-back Big 12 titles (co-champion in 2009 with Nebraska), topped Oklahoma last season by a 23-15 final on Feb. 23. Both losses for Iowa State this season have come from the hands of No. 1 Iowa.

Additionally, members from the 1951-60 Oklahoma wrestling squads will be honored at Friday's match. Deemed the "Golden Decade of Oklahoma Wrestling," the teams claimed four national championships (1951, 1952, 1957 and 1960), 15 individual national titles, 42 individual conference champions and seven conference championships (1951-57).

The teams combined for a .868 winning percentage (76-9-6) during the ten-year span, the most successful decade in program history.

Doors to the conference showdown open at 6 p.m. and admission is free to the public. First 250 fans will receive a beanie and fans can enjoy 50-cent hot dogs while supplies last.


Oklahoma enters the battle on Friday boasting 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 ten are fifth-ranked Zack Bailey and sixth-ranked Eric Lapotsky at 141 and 197 pounds, respectively.

Shane Vernon is No. 11 at 157 pounds and heavyweight Nathan Fernandez is No. 12. True-freshman Tyler Caldwell is 18th at 165 pounds, Jeff James is 19th at 174 pounds and 125-pound Jarrod Patterson is 20th.

The Cyclones counter with nine ranked this week, including two grapplers voted No. 1 in the country in Nick Gallick (141 pounds) and Jake Varner (197). Also ranked in the top five are No. 3 Jon Reader at 165 pounds, No. 4 David Zabriskie at heavyweight and No. 5 Andrew Long wrestling at 125 pounds.

Jerome Ward is No. 8 at 184 pounds, Mitch Mueller is 10th at 149 pounds, and Nick Fanthorpe is 12th at 133 pounds. Duke Burk, No. 13 at 174 pounds, rounds out ranked Cyclones.


The Cyclones, ranked No. 2 in the country, enter Friday's contest against the Sooners with a 7-2 record overall dual, with both losses coming from No. 1 Iowa (16-18, 12-19). The co-defending Big 12 champions are coming off of a 33-9 stomping of Illinois on Jan. 16. In its wins, ISU is outscoring its opponents 32-7.

The match against the Sooners will mark Iowa State's first Big 12 matchup of the season. The Cyclones will travel to Stillwater this Sunday, Jan. 24 to take on Oklahoma State to complete the Oklahoma swing.

The Cyclones are led by first year head coach Kevin Jackson, a former Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion. Jackson is an alum of ISU, as he transferred to the program his senior year after attending Louisiana State. He is assisted by Chris Bono and Yero Washington.

 Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)  Hometown (Year)  Record
 No. 20 Jarrod Patterson (125)  Cushing, Okla. (Fr.)  20-5
 Kendric Maple (133)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  20-5
 No. 5 Zack Bailey (141)  Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)  17-5
 No. 4 Kyle Terry (149)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  18-2
 Chad Terry (157)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  6-2
 No. 18 Tyler Caldwell (165)  Santa Fe, N.M. (RSo.)  18-7
 No. 19 Jeff James (174)  El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)  18-5
 Erich Schmidtke (184)  Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)  14-10
 No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (197)  Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)  18-3
 No. 12 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)  Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)  22-6


Oklahoma continues Big 12 competition when it hits the road to take on Nebraska in Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 4, followed by a matchup with Missouri later that weekend in Columbia on Feb. 6. Both matches are scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. CST.

Perhaps no other Sooner will be more prepared for the postseason as Sooner redshirt-junior Zack Bailey (17-5), as the Kansas City, Mo., product has competed in six matches vs. ranked opponents this season, including four in the top five. Friday's test only gets tougher for fifth-ranked Sooner, as he is set to face No. 1 Nick Gallick of the Cyclones.

Iowa State leads the all-time series by a 47-33-3 margin. The Cyclones have won the last seven meetings against the Sooners, dating back to 2003.

Last season, ISU defeated Oklahoma by a 23-15 final in Ames on Jan. 23. Only two Sooners on the current roster recorded wins a year ago against Iowa State (Kyle Terry and Jeff James).

The Sooners will fire three true freshmen on the mat Friday against the Cyclones. The trio were a part of the nation's No. 2 recruiting class last season and are an impressive 58-17 overall on the season and 20-6 in duals. Additionally, redshirt freshman Erich Schmidtke starts at 184 pounds for OU.

Sooner head coach Jack Spates' career mark at home stands at 88-26-3 (.785) now in his 17th season in Norman, including a 4-0-1 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  $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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