|No. 14 Oklahoma (11-5 overall, 2-1 Big 12) at the 2014 Big 12 Championship|
|Date & Time||Saturday, March 8 at 3 p.m. CT|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House|
|Broadcast Info||Big 12 Digital Network powered by Campus Insiders on Big12Sports.com
Semifinal Matches (3 p.m.) and Third-place Matches (5 p.m.)
FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus
Championship matches (7 p.m.)
|Championship Central||Big12Sports.com | Bracket|
|OU Info||2013-14 Roster | Oklahoma Coaching Staff|
|Schedule||2013-14 Sooner Wrestling Schedule|
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 14th-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team is set to host the Big 12 Championship inside McCasland Field House on Saturday, March 8. Semifinal matches begin at 3 p.m. CT, third-place matches at 5 p.m. and championship matches at 7 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
The event will mark the first time since mid-January that Oklahoma will have its lineup at full strength. OU head coach Mark Cody said his squad has done a good job of staying focused despite facing some injuries this season.
“This whole year we’ve been staying the course and trying not to get rattled, particularly with the injuries that we’ve had and some of the tough losses that we’ve taken," Cody said. "I think the guys have done that. I know that they’re as ready as they’re going to be right now for this competition. It’s positive that we’re all back in the room, all wrestling live, all going 100 percent. Now it’s up to them how they’re going to go out and compete.”
Competing against this Sooners this weekend are No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Iowa State and West Virginia. In Big 12 action, OU went 2-1, defeating Iowa State and West Virginia and losing to Oklahoma State. On Dec. 1, 2013, the Sooners defeated OSU 16-15 in comeback fashion in a nonconference matchup.
A total of 24 automatic bids to the 2014 NCAA Championships will be filled on Saturday.
OU is coming off a fourth-place finish out of 14 teams at the EAS Sports Nutrition/NWCA Division I National Duals inside St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. In the event, the Sooners went 2-2 in dual competition.
Sooners appearing in the latest InterMat rankings include Jarrod Patterson (No. 7 at 125 pounds), Cody Brewer (No. 12 at 133 pounds), Kendric Maple (No. 4 at 149 pounds), Justin DeAngelis (No. 17 at 157 pounds), Andrew Howe (No. 1 at 174 pounds) and Travis Rutt (No. 7 at 197 pounds).
OU's Big 12 History
The Sooners will look for their 24th conference championship and first since 2002. Wrestlers in OU's lineup who have Big 12 titles are Kendric Maple (2012, 2013) and Jarrod Patterson (2010). Last season, OU finished third with 58 points at the Big 12 Championship inside Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
The event's semifinal matches at 3 p.m. as well as the consolation round at 5 p.m. will be shown live on the Big 12 Digital Network powered by Campus Insiders on Big12Sports.com. Championship matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus beginning at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma Probable Lineup (with tournament seeding)
125: No. 1 Jarrod Patterson, RSr., 16-2 (8-1)
133: No. 2 Cody Brewer, RSo., 19-6 (11-5)
141: No. 3 Nick Lester, RSr., 16-10 (7-9)
149: No. 1 Kendric Maple, RSr., 20-4 (12-3)
157: No. 2 Justin DeAngelis, RJr., 15-4 (9-2)
165: No. 3 Clark Glass, RFr., 18-11 (8-8)
174: No. 1 Andrew Howe, RSr., 23-0 (15-0)
184: No. 2 Danny Chaid, Fr., 10-7 (4-3)
197: No. 2 Travis Rutt, RSr., 20-4 (12-4)
HWT: No. 4 Ross Larson, RFr., 21-8 (9-5)
Limited tickets for the Big 12 Championship are still available online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.
The Sooners will host the 2014 NCAA Championships inside Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The tournament is scheduled for March 20-22 (Thursday-Saturday).