Wrestling Hosts Ranking Matches Thursday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 03, 2009

Nov. 3, 2009

The University of Oklahoma Wrestling
 Date & Time  Nov. 5, 2009 at 7 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla.  | Howard McCasland Field House
 Internet  Live Stats 
 Match Info  2009-10 RosterOklahoma Coaching Staff
 Tickets  Admission is free to the public
 Schedule  2009-10 Sooner wrestling schedule

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling squad will conclude the preseason this Thursday, Nov. 5 by hosting its annual Red/White scrimmage held inside the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman at 7 p.m.

The ranking matches will pit the top two wrestlers in each weight class to help determine starters for the upcoming season. The University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos will also hold its Bronze/Blue ranking match alongside the Sooners.

"This is going to be a fan's delight with a lot of great matches right out of the gate for us," head coach Jack Spates said. "A lot of returning starters are going to be pushed by a very talented freshmen class."

Oklahoma, ranked preseason No. 18 by Intermat and No. 17 by W.I.N., returns eight starters from a squad that collected 16 dual wins last season, the most since 2002. Highlighting the returning group is 2009 Big 12 champion Kyle Terry, who collected a 30-3 overall record last season.

Other returning starters include Zack Bailey (141), Seth Vernon (149 pounds), Chad Terry (157), Shane Vernon (157), Jeff James (174), Eric Lapotsky (197) and Nathan Fernandez (285).

"There are going to be a lot of great bouts, a lot of great action," Spates said. "We are excited to see where we are and what we need to improve on to start the season."

OU will officially kick off the 2009-10 season next Wednesday, Nov. 11 when it travels to Edmond to take on the University of Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m.

 Justin Forrest (R. Freshman) vs. Jarrod Patterson (Freshman)  125 Pounds
 Nick Lester (Freshman) vs. Alex Ekstrom (Freshman)  133 Pounds
 Zack Bailey (Junior) vs. Kendric Maple (Freshman)  141 Pounds
 Kyle Terry (Senior) vs. Matt Lester (Freshman)  149 Pounds
 Chad Terry (Senior) vs. Shane Vernon (Senior)  157 Pounds
 Derek Peperas (R. Sophomore) vs. Tyler Caldwell (Freshman)  165 Pounds
 Jeff James (Junior) vs. Nolan McBryde (Freshman)  174 Pounds
 Erich Schmidtke (R. Freshman) vs. Ian Daube (Freshman)  184 Pounds
 Eric Lapotsky (Senior) vs. Kendrick Hall (R. Freshman)  197 Pounds
 Nathan Fernandez (Junior) vs. Joe Bach (R. Freshman)  285 Pounds



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