NCAA Wrestling Action Begins Thursday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 19, 2014
 No. 14 Oklahoma (11-5) at the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships
 Date & Time Thursday, March 20: 11 a.m. CT (Session 1) and 6 p.m. CT (Session 2)
Friday, March 21: 10 a.m. CT (Session 3) and 7 p.m. CT (Session 4)
Saturday, March 22: 10 a.m. CT (Session 5) and 7 p.m. CT (Session 6)
 Location Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena
 Television Info Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 5: ESPNU
Sessions 4 and 6: ESPN
 Live Video
 Championship Info | Brackets
 OU Info Notes | 2013-14 RosterOklahoma Coaching Staff
 Schedule 2013-14 Sooner Wrestling Schedule

NORMAN, Okla. -- In its own backyard, the 14th-ranked Oklahoma wrestling squad will look for its eighth national title at the 2014 NCAA Championships March 20-22 (Thursday-Saturday) inside Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Eight Sooners will participate in the three-day event, seven of whom qualified automatically following the Big 12 Championship on March 8, including Jarrod Patterson (125), Cody Brewer (133), Nick Lester (141), Kendric Maple (149), Justin DeAngelis (157), Andrew Howe (174) and Travis Rutt (197). Redshirt freshman Ross Larson received an at-large bid at heavyweight.

The total surpasses the five participants OU sent to the NCAA Championships last season, where it finished 12th overall. Sooners awarded national seeds are No. 6 Patterson, No. 13 Brewer, No. 4 Maple, No. 2 Howe and No. 7 Rutt.

“They’re excited to have it right here in our own backyard,” OU head coach Mark Cody said. “It’s nice to be able to work out here, not having to worry about jumping on an airplane and going somewhere to wrestle. It works out pretty well, especially for the biggest tournament of the year.”

Cody said he is looking forward to seeing the Sooners compete with an attack mode mindset throughout NCAAs, as they have done all season.

“The good thing is that they’re all healthy, and this is the healthiest we have been all year long,” Cody added. “Even between the Big 12s and now we’ve gotten some more time to get some of those injuries healed up, and so my expectations would be that you’re going to see a different team than you even saw at the Big 12s. “

The first session of the NCAA Championships is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, March 20, with the matches airing on ESPNU and online at ESPN3.

OU's NCAA History
The Sooners will look for their eighth NCAA title when they take the mat this week. Wrestlers in OU's lineup who have individual titles are Kendric Maple (2013 at 141 pounds) and Andrew Howe (2010 at 165 pounds). Maple placed fourth in 2012, earning All-America recognition, while Howe earned honors with second-place and third-place finishes in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

Additionally, four other Sooners have All-America honors to their names, including Jarrod Patterson (2011 at 125 pounds), Cody Brewer (2013 at 133 pounds), Nick Lester (2012 at 149 pounds) and Travis Rutt (2011 at 184 pounds).

OU's last team title came in 1974. Last season, OU finished 12th at the NCAA Championships inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Broadcast Info
ESPN has expanded its TV and digital coverage of the NCAA Championships by televising all six sessions and carrying every match on ESPN3, both for the first time. ESPN will televise the semifinals and championship finals, while ESPNU will air the preliminary sessions and medal round. The entire tournament will be available on ESPN3.

Oklahoma Qualifiers (with tournament seeding)
125: No. 6 Jarrod Patterson, RSr. (18-2)
133: No. 13 Cody Brewer, RSo. (20-7)
141: Nick Lester, RSr. (17-11)
149: No. 4 Kendric Maple, RSr. (22-4)
157: Justin DeAngelis, RJr. (16-5)
174: No. 2 Andrew Howe, RSr. (24-1)
197: No. 7 Travis Rutt, RSr. (21-5)
HWT: Ross Larson, RFr. (21-10)

Oklahoma First-Round Matchups
125: No. 6 Jarrod Patterson vs. Nick Hermann (UVA)
133: No. 13 Cody Brewer vs. Vincent Pizzuto (EMU)
141: Nick Lester vs. Gabe Moreno (Iowa State)
149: No. 4 Kendric Maple vs. Tywan Claxton (Ohio)
157: Justin DeAngelis vs. Brian Murphy (Michigan) in a pitgail match
174: No. 2 Andrew Howe vs. Mike England (Missouri)
197: No. 7 Travis Rutt vs. Brandon Palik (Drexell)
HWT: Ross Larson vs. No. 4 Adam Coon (Michigan)

A limited number of all-session tickets for the NCAA Championships are 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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