OU Wrestling Announces 2001-02 Schedule :: Eight home duals; hosting Big 12 Championships highlight season slate. OU Wrestling Announces 2001-02 Schedule




Jack Spates' Sooners will host eight duals this season.

Oct. 1, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma Head Wrestling Coach Jack Spates announced today the schedule for the upcoming 2001-02 season. The Sooners will host eight home duals as well as the Oklahoma Open and the Big 12 Championships. OU last hosted the Big 12 Championships in 1998.

"We head into this year with the finest team of my tenure," said Spates. "As always, we'll be tested early and often but have the talent, attitude and work ethic to prevail. OU is coming off consecutive fourth-place finishes and our goal is to win the Big 12 and contend for the NCAA championship. We have a real aggressive and talented group of guys who Sooner fans will enjoy watching."

Okahoma begins its season at the third annual Oklahoma Gold Classic held in Brockport, N.Y., on Nov. 10. The tournament is co-hosted by OU and SUNY-Brockport. The Sooners first home dual will take place on Nov. 20 when they welcome the Central Oklahoma Bronchos at 7 p.m. Other home duals include tilts with NC State (Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.), Cal Poly (Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.), Northern Iowa (Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.), Iowa State (Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.), Oklahoma State (Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.), Arizona State (Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.) and Michigan State (March 1 at 7 p.m.).

All home duals will be held at the Howard McCasland Field House (formerly the OU Field House) with the exception of the Oklahoma State Bedlam dual which will be held at the Lloyd Noble Center, as well as the Oklahoma Open (Nov. 24). In addition to its duals in Norman, OU will grapple Bacone at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City on Jan. 3 at noon and Fresno State in Yukon at 1 p.m. on Jan. 13.

OU will face its first dual road tests when it travels to Rutgers and Rider on Dec. 1. On Dec. 9, the Sooners will face the OSU Cowboys in Stillwater. The Sooners will also compete in the Lone Star Duals in South Grand Prairie, Texas (Jan. 5), and the prestigious Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (Jan. 19-20). Road duals with Big 12 foes Nebraska (Feb. 8) and Missouri (Feb. 10) are also included in this year's schedule.

Post-season competition begins with the Big 12 Championships held on March 9 at the Lloyd Noble Center. OU will conclude its season when qualified wrestlers compete at the NCAA Championships in Albany, N.Y., held March 21-23.


2001-02 Oklahoma Wrestling Schedule

Day	   Date	   Opponent	          Site	                         Time

Sat.	   10/20   Red/White Classic	  Norman, Okla.	                 After Football

Sat.	   11/10   Oklahoma Gold Classic  Brockport, N.Y.	         All Day

Sun.	   11/18   Missouri Open	  Columbia, Mo.	                 All Day

Tues.	   11/20   Central Oklahoma	  Norman, Okla.	                 7 p.m.

Sat.	   11/24   *Oklahoma Open	  Norman, Okla.	                 All Day

Sat.	   12/1	   Rutgers	          Piscataway, N.J.	         Noon

Sat.	   12/1	   Rider	          Lawrenceville, N.J.	         7:30 p.m.

Sun.	   12/9	   Oklahoma State	  Stillwater, Okla.	         2 p.m.

Thur.	   1/3	   Bacone	          Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall)  1 p.m.

Thur.	   1/3	   NC State	          Norman, Okla.	                 7 p.m.

Sat.	   1/5	   Lone Star Duals	  South Grand Prairie, Texas     All Day

		   Harvard		                                 10:15 a.m.

		   Navy		                                         1:30 p.m.

		   Princeton		                                 2:45 p.m.

		   Cornell		                                 7:30 p.m.

Sun.	   1/13	   Fresno State	          Yukon, Okla.	                 1 p.m.

Sun.	   1/13	   Cal Poly	          Norman, Okla.	                 7 p.m.

Sat./Sun.  1/19-20 at National Duals      Columbus, Ohio	         All Day

Fri.	   2/1	   Northern Iowa	  Norman, Okla.	                 7 p.m.

Sun.	   2/3	   Iowa State	          Norman, Okla.                  2 p.m.

Fri.	   2/8	   Nebraska	          Lincoln, Neb.	                 7 p.m.

Sun.	   2/10	   Missouri	          Columbia, Mo. (Hickman HS)	 2 p.m.

Sun.	   2/17	   *Oklahoma State	  Norman, Okla.	                 3 p.m.

Thur.	   2/21	   Arizona State	  Norman, Okla.	                 7 p.m.

Fri.	   3/1	   Michigan State	  Norman, Okla.	                 7 p.m.

Sat.	   3/9	   *Big 12 Championships  Norman, Okla.	                 All Day

Thur-Sat.  3/21-23 NCAA Championships     Albany, N.Y.	                 All Day

Bold indicates home competition Home duals held at the Howard McCasland Field House *Held at Lloyd Noble Center All times local to match site