Sunday will be Bedlam, yet again, as two top-five teams battle inside McCasland Field House.
The No. 4 University of Oklahoma wrestling team hosts the No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, for the 169th edition of the rivalry.
The dual features multiple ranked matchups, including a few that stand out as the Sooners look to defeat the Cowboys for the first time since Dec. 7, 2008. Here is a preview of some of the key bouts of Bedlam.
No. 1 vs. No. 2. National champion vs. national champion. That’s what the 174-pound Bedlam bout showcases.
This match pits first-ranked Andrew Howe of OU and second-ranked Chris Perry of OSU.
About the Wrestlers
Howe, a redshirt senior from Cedar Lake, Ind., is wrestling in his first season as a Sooner after transferring from Wisconsin. He has three Big 10 tiles and a 2010 NCAA National Championship at 165 pounds to his name. Additionally, Howe is a three-time All-American, earning the honor in 2009, 2010 and 2011. With a 19-3 technical fall over Bucknell’s Stephen McPeek on Sunday, Nov. 17, Howe earned his 100th collegiate win and sits at 100-8 overall. This season, Howe has posted three technical fall victories and two by fall.
Howe’s opponent, Perry, is the defending NCAA champion at 174 pounds, after finishing with a 36-2 record in 2012-13. Additionally, Perry has claimed the last three Big 12 titles and has an overall career record of 97-10.
This will be the first meeting between Howe and Perry, but the two competitors are familiar with each other as they were members of the Junior World Team together in the summer of 2009, Howe in the 165-pound weight class and Perry at 174 pounds.
Coach Mark Cody on Andrew Howe
“Andrew approaches every opponent with the same mindset. His goal is to go out and dominate. No stage is too big for Andrew. He is a fearless competitor and a true warrior.”
133 pounds: Brewer vs. Morrison
At 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Cody Brewer, ranked fifth, will face OSU’s Jon Morrison, a senior who is ranked fourth nationally.
About the Wrestlers
As a redshirt freshman in 2012-13, Brewer posted a 25-8 overall record and claimed a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship. The Kansas City, Mo., native went 4-2 at the NCAA Championship and secured the first All-America honors of his career with a 14-4 major decision over Penn State’s No. 11 Jordan Conaway. This season, all but one of Brewer’s victories have come with bonus points attached, including six technical falls and one fall.
Morrison, a senior from Orland Park, Ill., is a three-time NCAA qualifier and 2013 All-American, has a 73-26 overall career mark. Last season, Morrison posted a 30-8 record and claimed his first Big 12 title at 133 pounds.
Brewer and Morrison have faced each other twice, with Morrison claiming a 9-4 decision in the Bedlam matchup last season and a 6-2 decision over Brewer in the 2013 Big 12 finals.
Brewer: 8-0Morrison: 4-0
Coach Mark Cody on Cody Brewer
“Cody Brewer is one of the most improved wrestlers on our team. He is looking forward to this challenge, and he is definitely ready.”
197: Rutt vs. Rosholt
The 197-pound match will again feature two All-Americans in redshirt senior Travis Rutt and senior Blake Rosholt. Rutt, who like Howe transferred to OU from Wisconsin and redshirted last season, is ranked No. 5 in the weight class, while Rosholt comes in at No. 10.
About the Wrestlers
In his junior season (2010-11) at Wisconsin, Rutt, who is from New Prague, Minn., posted a 34-4 overall record and a 17-0 record in duals. He was Wisconsin's starter at 184 pounds and was ranked in the top 12 all season and as high as third. At the NCAA Championships, Rutt posted a 4-2 record and finished seventh, earning him All-America honors. Overall, Rutt is 69-33 in his career. This season, Rutt is 7-0, with three wins coming via fall.
Rosholt claimed the first All-America recognition of his career after he finished eighth place at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Additionally, Rosholt finished as the runner-up at the Big 12 Championship. Overall, Rosholt has a 49-24 record.
This will mark the first meeting between Rutt and Rosholt.
Coach Mark Cody on Travis Rutt
“After a redshirt year and an Olympic redshirt, Travis is ready to make a run for a national title. He makes an effort to improve technically every day. He’s a very strong, explosive wrestler.”
The Bedlam dual will be a “Crimson Out,” and all fans are asked to wear crimson. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free crimson OU Wrestling T-shirt.
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and a limited amount of upper level general admission tickets are still available for purchase, while all lower level reserved have been sold out.
Take advantage of “Fansgiving”, and purchase tickets online before Friday to receive tickets for $5, a 50 percent discount off regularly-priced tickets. General admission tickets can also be purchased by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.
OU students are admitted to the dual free of charge with a valid student I.D.