NORMAN — The No. 18 Oklahoma wrestling team hits the mat for the first time in 2018 this week, competing in a pair of duals on the road. The Sooners open Big 12 competition on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at West Virginia before taking on Pittsburgh on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Most recently, OU downed Appalachian State, 19-13, in its home opener on Dec. 17 to move to 2-2 on the season.
This weekend’s duals mark OU’s first true road duals of the season. In addition to the home matchup in December, the Sooners have also competed in three neutral-site duals, all taking place at the Journeymen Northeast Duals on Nov. 11.
WEST VIRGINIA PROJECTED STARTERS
125: No. 19 Zeke Moisey, RJr.
OR Devin Brown, So.
133: Matthew Schmitt, RFr.
141: Christian Monserrat, Jr.
OR Keegan Moore, RSo.
149: Kyler Rea, RFr.
157: Zachary Moore, RSo.
165: Nick Kiussis, Fr.
174: Parker VonEgidy, RSr.
184: Brenden McRill, Fr.
197: No. 5 Jake Smith, RSr.
OR Hunter DeLong, Fr.
HWT: Brandon Ngati, So.
OU VS. WVU COVERAGE
Thursday’s dual will be streamed on WVUSports.com, and live scoring will be available on TrackWrestling.com. Additionally, live updates can be found on Twitter (@OU_Wrestling).
OU VS. WVU HISTORY
The Sooners hold a 7-1 record over the Mountaineers. In last season’s conference matchup, Oklahoma downed WVU, 37-6, in Norman.
PITTSBURGH PROJECTED STARTERS
125: LJ Bentley, Jr. (1-1)
133: No. 11 Dom Forys, Sr. (7-2)
141: No. 17 Nick Zanetta, RSr. (11-7)
149: Robert Lee, Jr. (5-4)
157: No. 18 Taleb Rahmani, RSo. (12-5)
165: Jake Wentzel, RFr. (9-5)
174: Austin Bell, RFr. (2-7)
184: Gregg Harvey, RFr. (8-7)
OR Zach Bruce, RJr. (0-3)
197: Kellan Stout, RSo. (2-8)
HWT: No. 15 Ryan Solomon, RSr. (13-4)
OR Cole Rickert, Fr. (3-4)
OU VS. PITT COVERAGE
Sunday’s dual will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and available on WatchESPN or the WatchESPN App. Live updates can also be found on TrackWrestling.com and on Twitter (@OU_Wrestling).
OU VS. PITT HISTORY
The Sooners have won all three meetings between OU and Pittsburgh. The two programs most recently met in 2008, when OU defeated the Panthers 17-15 in Norman.
Additionally, Pittsburgh is coached by Keith Gavin, who served as an assistant to OU head coach Lou Rosselli during the 2016-17 season.