OU Hosts Top 15 Battle, Senior Day on Sunday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 14, 2010

Feb. 14, 2010

 No. 9 Wrestling vs. No. 15 Oregon State
 Date  Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Howard McCasland Field House
 Tickets  Free to the Public
 Match Info  Live Stats | OU Roster | 2009-10 Schedule and Results
 Online  Live Webcast in Oklahoma All-Access
• Senior Day
• First 250 fans recieve OU rally towels

NORMAN, Okla. - The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (15-2-1, 2-1-1) makes its final regular season appearance at home this Sunday, Feb. 14 by hosting No. 15 Oregon State (18-2) inside the Howard McCasland Field House at 2 p.m. 

The Sooners will attempt to knock off their sixth top 20 team this season against the Beavers.  A victory would also give Oklahoma its 16th dual win of year for the second straight season.

Additionally, Sunday’s match marks the last at home for seniors Eric Lapotsky, Chad Terry, Kyle Terry and Shane Vernon.  The four, who have combined for 235 career wins at Oklahoma, will be honored prior to the dual.

Oklahoma, who is coming off of a 33-3 victory over Chattanooga Friday evening, owns a 13-4 advantage in the all-time series against Oregon State, with the last meeting coming in 2005 when the Sooners handed the Beavers a 36-6 defeat.

In addition to senior night festivities, the first 250 fans to enter the match will receive an OU rally towel. Admission is free to the public with doors scheduled to open at 1 p.m.

 Probable Sooner Starters (Weight)  Hometown (Year)  Record
 No. 18 Jarrod Patterson (125)  Cushing, Okla. (Fr.)  24-9
 Kendric Maple (133)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  29-7
 No. 3 Zack Bailey (141)  Kansas City, Mo. (Jr.)  21-5
 No. 3 Kyle Terry (149)  Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  22-2
 Chad Terry (157)   Midwest City, Okla. (Sr.)  7-2
 No. 15 Tyler Caldwell (165)  Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)  24-10
 No. 15 Jeff James (174)  El Reno, Okla. (Jr.)  21-6
 Erich Schmidtke (184)  Aberdeen, Wash. (RFr.)  15-13
 No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (197)  Mt. Carmel, Pa. (Sr.)  20-5
 No. 15 Nathan Fernandez (HWT)  Lawton, Okla. (Jr.)  23-9


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.

Oregon State counters with six ranked this week, led by No. 9 Colby Covington at 174 pounds.  Keegan Davis is 13th at 157 pounds and Clayton Jack is No. 14 at heavyweight.  Jason Lara is No. 15 at 125 pounds, followed by No. 16 Kelly Kubec and No. 17 RJ Pena at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively. 

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 Sunday against the Beavers. The trio were a part of the nation's No. 2 recruiting class last season and are an impressive 77-26 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 89-27-3 (.786) now in his 17th season in Norman, including a 5-1-1 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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