Sooners Host Missouri for Senior Night

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 29, 2014
 No. 6 Oklahoma (8-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 10 Missouri (5-1 overall, 3-1 MAC)
 Date & Time Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. CT
 Location Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House
 Promotions Senior Night | Student Appreciation Night (free pizza to first 200 student; enter to win for $50 VISA Gift Cards and an iPad Mini)
 Broadcast Info Sooner Sports TV
FOX Sports Oklahoma; FOX College Sports
 Live Stats
 OU Info 2013-14 RosterOklahoma Coaching Staff
 Schedule 2013-14 Sooner Wrestling Schedule

NORMAN, Okla. -- In its last home dual of the season, the sixth-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team (8-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) will look to send its senior class out with a win over No. 10 Missouri (5-1 overall, 3-1 MAC). The match is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 30, inside McCasland Field House.

Senior Night
Seven Sooners will be honored prior to Thursday night's dual as part of Senior Night. Jarrod Patterson, Nick Lester, Kendric Maple, Andrew Howe and Travis Rutt are all a part of OU's starting lineup. Also, they all succeed both as wrestlers and scholars, as they all have at least one All-America honor, are currently ranked in the top-20 of their respective weight classes and are currently pursuing graduate degrees. Derek Geiges and Chase Gordon will also be recognized during the festivities.

Ranked Competitors
OU is coming off a 20-18 victory at then-No. 24 Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 25, and enters the dual with eight probable starters ranked in the top 20, according to the latest InterMat poll.

Sooners appearing in the latest rankings include Jarrod Patterson (No. 7 at 125 pounds), Cody Brewer (No. 8 at 133 pounds), Nick Lester (No. 15 at 141 pounds), Kendric Maple (No. 2 at 149 pounds), Justin DeAngelis (No. 18 at 157 pounds), Andrew Howe (No. 1 at 174 pounds), Travis Rutt (No. 3 at 197 pounds) and Ross Larson (No. 16 in heavyweight).

Five of Missouri's wrestlers are ranked, including No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (149 pounds), No. 12 Zach Toal (165 pounds), No. 18 Mikey England (174 pounds), No. 14 Johnny Eblen (184 pounds) and No. 6 J'den Cox (197 pounds).

OU vs. Missouri Series
Thursday's dual marks the 52nd meeting between the Sooners and the Tigers. OU leads the overall series 41-10, but Missouri has won six of the last eight meetings, including last year's by a score of 26-8 on Feb. 2, 2013, in Columbia, Mo.

Matchup to Watch
The 149-bout features the No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers in the country in Missouri's Drake Houdashelt and OU's Kendric Maple, respectively. On the season, Maple has posted a 15-2 record, including a 7-1 mark in duals, and currently has a nine-match winning streak. Houdashelt is 25-1 overall in his junior season.

Oklahoma Probable Lineup (with InterMat Rankings)
125: No. 7 Jarrod Patterson, RSr., 14-2 (6-1) OR Sean Williams, Fr., 6-4 (0-1)
133: No. 8 Cody Brewer, RSo., 15-3 (7-2)
141: No. 15 Nick Lester, RSr., 14-5 (5-4)
149: No. 2 Kendric Maple, RSr., 15-2 (7-1)
157: No. 18 Justin DeAngelis, RJr., 13-4 (7-2)
165: Clark Glass, RFr., 10-8 (4-5)
174: No. 1 Andrew Howe, RSr., 16-0 (8-0)
184: Danny Chaid, Fr., 10-7 (4-3)
197: No. 3 Travis Rutt, RSr., 16-1 (8-1)
HWT: No. 16 Ross Larson, RFr., 19-5 (7-2)

Missouri Probable Lineup (with InterMat Rankings)
125: Barlow McGhee, Fr., 17-5 OR Zach Synon, RFr., 27-9
133: Matt Manley, RFr., 20-7
141: Lavion Mayes, RFr., 21-8 OR Trevor Jauch, So., 16-4
149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, Jr., 25-1
157: Joey Lavallee, Fr., 21-5
165: No. 12 Zach Toal, Sr., 20-4
174: No. 18 Mikey England, Jr., 14-8
184: No. 14 Johnny Eblen, Jr., 18-7
197: No. 6 J'den Cox, Fr., 24-2
285: Devin Mellon, Jr., 17-8

Up Next
The Sooners head to Morgantown, W.Va., for a Big 12 matchup with the West Virginia Mountaineers at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 6. Although Thursday marks OU's last home dual, it will host the Big 12 Championship on Saturday, March 8, inside McCasland Field House. Limited tickets are still available online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.



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