Five Sooners Head to Las Vegas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN - Five Oklahoma wrestlers will head to Las Vegas on Wednesday for the Marine Corps US Open Wrestling Championships, held at the South Point Hotel and Casino from April 24-28.

Jake Boyd, Dom Demas, Anthony Mantanona, Matt Waddell and Jakob Woodley are all slated to compete in the men’s junior nationals (ages 17-20) in freestyle and Greco-Roman.

The 2018 UWW Men’s Junior Nationals in freestyle and Greco-Roman qualifies student-athletes for the UWW Junior World Team Trials. The freestyle world team trials will be held in Rochester, Minn., from May 18-20, while the Greco-Roman team trials will be in Indianapolis on June 8.

All five Oklahoma wrestlers heading to Las Vegas are true freshmen. Additionally, all action will be available live on FloWrestling, and a complete schedule of each event can be found here.

"I think it's going to be fun," Waddell said. "We've got five guys going and we've got some pretty high expectations. We should have a couple guys in the finals and hopefully a few winners."

Oklahoma wrestling celebrated its 2017-18 campaign over the weekend with its spring banquet, led by head coach Lou Rosselli. Season award winners included senior Yoanse Mejias (Most Outstanding Wrestler and Jimmy White Award), senior Dawaylon Barnes (Most Improved Wrestler), Jakob Woodley (Most Outstanding Freshman) and Mike Longo (Warrior Award).

For more information on Oklahoma wrestling, follow the team on Twitter @OU_Wrestling or like the team's Facebook page here.