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University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013
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Header   OU at NCAAs  | Saturday, March 17

Oklahoma finished the 2011-12 NCAA Championships in 13th-place with 38 team points. Penn State (143) took home the title, while Minnesota (117.5) and Iowa (107.5) rounded out the top three.

Kendric Maple and Nick Lester added to OU's prestigious number of All-Americans as the number now stands at 265 after they finished fourth and eigtht, respectively.

Below is a link to photogallery from the three day NCAA event.

Final Team Standings | Photos

Header   NCAA Selection Show  | Tuesday, March 6

Beginning at 1 p.m. ET the list of 33 competitors in each weight class will be systematically rolled out as they are finalized by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Selection Committee. The unveiling will begin with the participants in the 125-pound weight class and will continue with each of the subsequent weight classes throughout the afternoon until the 33 Heavyweight participants have been released.

Wrestling fans can log on to to find an up to the minute list of competitors in the championships field. In addition, fans with a Facebook account can track on the latest qualifiers by following the NCAA Wrestling Facebook page ( Status updates linking to the list of qualifiers will be posted the minute the latest weight class has been finalized.

Once all 330 participants have been released fans can log on to at 6 p.m. ET where the NCAA Division I Wrestling Selection will reveal the 13 seeded wrestlers in each weight class as well as all 170 first-round matchups.

Following the selection show, complete brackets for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be available on

Fans wishing to view the show can do so by clicking here.

Under the qualifying criteria for the NCAA, eight Sooners -- Patterson, Keller, Maple, Nick Lester, Matt Lester, Graham, Detmer and Schmidtke -- automatically punched their tickets to the National Tournament held in St. Louis, Mo., March 15-17.

Header   Automatic Qualifiers  | Thursday, Feb. 23

The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Big 12 was awarded 31 total automatic qualifiers. To see the complete list click here.

Header   First Round Updates  | Sunday, Feb. 12

The Sooners are less than an hour away from their battle with American. For live scoring click here.

Follow @OUWrestling on twitter to get even more coverage. Visit the National Duals preview to get links to the live webcast and more.

Header   National Duals  | Monday,  Feb. 7

The regional seeds for this weekend's Mat Mayhem were announced for the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals and OU will compete as the No. 3 seed. Oklahoma will face Mark Cody's former squad in sixth-seeded American on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Ithaca, N.Y.

To see the regional brackets click here.

Header   Intro Video  | Monday,  Jan. 30

Header   Lehigh Change  | Tuesday,  Jan. 24

The University of Oklahoma's wrestling dual against Lehigh scheduled for this Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. CT has been moved to a 12 p.m. CT start.

Sunday's dual will be webcast on and live stats will also be available.

Prior to the Lehigh dual, the Sooners will embark on the fifth annual Beauty and the Beast, which pits the Sooners' wrestling team against Virginia Tech. The wrestlers will compete alongside the 10th-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team, who is set to take on 18th-ranked North Carolina State, inside the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27

Header   Lone Star Duals Updates  | Saturday,  Jan. 14

The Sooners opened action at the Lone Star Duals blanking Utah Valley, 43-0, and dismantled Appalachian State, 41-0. For Blow-By-Blow of each dual click links below.

Oklahoma 28, Harvard 9

Oklahoma 41, Appalachian State 0

Oklahoma 43, Utah Valley 0

Header   Lone Star Duals Change  | Friday,  Jan. 13

The Sooners will no longer face UT-Chattanooga on Saturday and will open action at 1 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 11 a.m. matchup. Click the link for live stats. Final results can be found on the blog folllowing each dual.

Header   Maple a Primetime Performer  | Tuesday,  Jan. 3 chose Kendric Maple as one of their Clutch Performers of the week after his outing at the Midlands Championships where he defeated Iowa's then-No. 1 ranked Montell Marion to take home the 141 pound title.

Primetime Performers | Maple on Takedown Radio

Header   Navy Dual Time Change  | Wednesday,  Dec. 21

Please note that the dual at Navy has been changed from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CT.

Header   Patterson in All-Star Classic  | Monday,  Nov. 21

Oklahoma junior Jarrod Patterson will take on Kent State's fourth-ranked Nic Bedelyon in the 125 pound showdown at the 46th-annual NWCA All-Star Classic on Monday, Nov. 21, in Tempe, Ariz., at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Last season Patterson went 29-9 and finished seventh overall at the NCAA Championships where he was named a 2011 All-American. In addition, Patterson earned a silver medal at the 2011 Big 12 Championships.

Patterson becomes the 46th Sooner wrestler to compete in the event. Last year, OU's Zack Bailey defeated Ohio's Germane Lindsey, 3-2, in the 141 pound matchup.

The event will be brought to you by Fox Sports Arizona and LiveSportsVideo and will be FREE to all viewers. To view this event please click here.

Header   Single-Meet Tickets On Sale  | Monday,  Oct. 31

All home wrestling matches will be ticketed during the 2011-12 season. Season tickets and single-meet tickets are now on sale online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.

Single-Meet Tickets
• $8 - Public General Admission
• $5 - Youth (K-HS) & Senior Citizens (55+)
• $4 - Groups (pre-arranged 10-99)
• $3 - Groups (pre-arranged 100+)
Bedlam Tickets
• $15 - Reserved (lower level)
• $10 - General Admission (upper level)
• $10 - Youth (K-HS) & Senior Citizens (55+)
• $5 - Groups (pre-arranged 10+)

Header   Frayer Wins Sunkist Open | Sunday,  Oct. 30

Oklahoma assistant coach Jared Frayer won the 66 kilogram men's freestyle title at the Sunkist Kids International Open on Sunday, Oct. 30, after posting a 5-0 record. The event was the first domestic qualifier for the Olympic Trials, which is set for Oct. 29-30 in Mesa, Ariz.

In route to the title, Frayer had a technical fall, two pins and two victories by decision. In the finals, Frayer topped Joe Johnston 4-0, 1-3, 3-1.

Current Sooners Jarrod Patterson (2-2) and Cody Brewer (3-2) each competed at 55 kilograms, while Erich Schmidtke (2-2) and Keldrick Hall (1-2) wrestled at 84 and 96 kilograms, respectively.

Volunteer assistant coach Tyrone Lewis was yet another Sooner who competed in the Open.

The annual Sunkist Kids International Open serves as a Trials qualifier in all seven of the men's Greco-Roman and freestyle weights and the four Olympic women's freestyle weights. The top U.S. finisher in freestyle placing in the top four will punch their ticket to Iowa City in each weight.

Header   Golf Outing Photo Gallery  | Monday,  Oct. 3

The OU wrestling program hosted its annual Golf Classic on Friday, Sept. 30. Click the link below to check out pictures from the event.

Photos Golf Outing

Header   Brand Induction Ceremony  | Friday,  Sept. 30

Former OU wrestler Dennis Brand is being inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Stillwater, Okla.

Brand will receive the Outstanding American Award for his work outside the sport of wrestling. In 1970 Brand was a Big Eight champion for the University of Oklahoma at 158 lbs. He applied the skills learned in the wrestling room to a highly successful lifelong career in banking.

Reservations are $45 per person and are available online at and are being accepted at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater.
Header   WIN Preseason Rankings  | Thursday,  Sept. 15

WIN Magazine released its 2011-12 Preseason Team Tournament Power Index rankings where the Sooners came in tied at No. 18 with Pittsburgh. Penn State, Iowa and Oklahoma State topped the rankings.

Individually, the Sooners are well represented with six ranked wrestlers in their individual weight classes. Jarrod Patterson, who finished sixth at nationals last year, leads OU as the third-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds. Jordan Keller checks in at No. 11 among 133 pounders. Chase Nelson, 157 pounds, sits at No. 12. Kendrick Maple, a national qualifier at 133 pounds two years ago, and Elijah Madison are ranked No. 13 at 141 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. Matt Lester (149 pounds) rounds out the rankings at No. 15

Header   Cody Tabbed Top Coach  | Monday,  Sept. 12

Mark Cody was named the nation's "Best Head Coach" in a recent coach's poll taken by Cody, last year's NWCA National Coach of the Year, topped the poll with 23 percent of the votes.

Cornell's Rob Koll (17 percent) came in second, while Iowa's Tom Brands and Penn State's Cael Sanderson tied for third with 14 percent.

To read the entire article click here.

Header   Sooners No. 16 in Preseason  | Monday,  Aug. 22 ranks OU 16th in their preseason rankings, which came out Aug. 20. Iowa tops the rankings, followed by Oklahoma State and Penn State.

Additionally, Oklahoma has nine wrestlers individually ranked in their respective weight classes by the WrestlingReport. Leading the way for the Sooners is returning All-American Jarrod Patterson who is ranked No. 4 in the 125 pound weight class. Kendrick Maple and Chase Nelson are ranked ninth at 141 and 157 pounds, respectively. Ranked No. 11 at 133 pounds is senior Jordan Keller. Matt Lester checks in at No. 15 amongst 149 pounders, while Elijah Madison, OU's heavyweight, is No. 18 in his weight class. Erich Schmidtke, competing at 184 pounds, falls in at No. 19 and American transfer Bubby Graham sits at No. 29 at 165 pounds. Junior Keldrick Hall, ranked No. 32 at 197 pounds, rounds out the rankings.

Coming off a 16th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, Oklahoma returns six starters and among the Sooners' starters seven are NCAA qualifiers.

Header   Tyrone Lewis on TD Radio  | Friday,  Aug. 12

Click below to listen to OU volunteer assistant coach Tyrone Lewis on Takedown Radio.

Audio Tyrone Lewis

Header   Get to Know Jared Frayer  | Monday,  Aug. 8

Get to know OU assistant coach Jared Frayer. The former Wisconsin assistant and Sooner wrestling star stat down with to discuss a number of Oklahoma wrestling topics.

Header   Former Sooner to be Inducted  | Tuesday,  May 17

Former OU wrestling great Dick Delgado will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on June 8-9 in Stillwater, Okla. Delgado wrestled at Oklahoma from 1956-58 where he won back-to-back national titles at 115 pounds. During his tenure at OU Delgado was a three-time All-American and Big 7 Champion.

Header   Photo Galleries from NCAAs  | Sunday, March 20

Below are photo galleries of each of the three days at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

Photos Thursday | PhotosFriday | PhotosSaturday

Header   Philly Day Two  | Wednesday, March 16

Check out the OU wrestling team on the eve of the NCAA Tournament.

Photos Day Two in Philadelphia

Header   Wrestling in Philly  | Tuesday, March 15

Get a behind the scenes look at the OU wrestling program as they embark on their eighth national title at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

Photos Photos of the OU in Philadelphia

Header   Spates' Feature  | Monday, March 14

Mike Wolfe will feature OU head coach Jack Spates on SportsNight Oklahoma everynight this week at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Cox Channel 3 and 703.

Header   NCAA Selection Show  | Tuesday, March 8

The NCAA will announce the 330 student-athletes set participate in the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships via a Web stream selection show on on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. ET.

Shane Sparks will serve as the host as he unveils each of the 10 brackets in the championships field.

Fans wishing to view the show can do so by clicking here.

Under the qualifying criteria for the NCAA, six Sooners -- Jarrod Patterson, Jordan Keller, Zack Bailey, Tyler Caldwell, Erich Schmidtke and Nathan Fernandez -- automatically punched their tickets to the National Tournament by placing at the 2011 Big 12 Championships this past weekend.

Header   Bobby Douglas' Book  | Friday, March 4

If you are a fan of books about wrestling then head coach Jack Spates has a recommendation for you. Order your copy of Bobby Douglas: Life and Legacy of an American Wrestling Legend.

"This is a great book about wrestling and one I highly recommend," Spates exclaimed.

For more information and details on ordering click here.

Header   Takedown Radio Interview  | Wednesday, Feb. 23

Listen to Head Coach Jack Spates audio interview with

Audio Audio Interview

Header   Wichita Area Sooners  | Thursday, Feb. 17

KSN News 3 in Wichita, Kan., did a feature on Wichita area wrestlers and the success they are having at the University of Oklahoma.
To watch the story Videoclick here.
Header   Pre-match Coaches Clinic  | Tuesday, Feb. 1

The Oklahoma wrestling program will host a wrestling clinic on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 12:30-1:30 at the McCasland Field House prior to the Missouri dual. The clinic is free but space is limited.

Participants will be coached by members of the OU coaching staff, Oklahoma wrestlers and other affiliates of Sooner wrestling. Following the clinic attendees will be fed pizza.

For more information contact volunteer assistant coach Ross Thatcher at 325-8209.

To register for the event click here.

Header   Open Tournament Update  | Monday, Jan. 31

Many Oklahoma wrestlers had strong outings at two open tournaments over the weekend. Below are the Sooners that placed at either the Central Baptist College Mustang Open or the Grandview Open.

Mustang Open (Conway, Ark.)
First Place - Dustin Reed (133 pounds), Kendrick Maple (141), Seth Vernon (149), Clay Reeb (157) and Sean Datte (174)
Second Place - Kosta Karageorge (HWT)
Third Place - Ian Fisher (141), Justin DeAngelis (149) and Kyle Detmer (165)
Fourth Place - Nolan McBryde (174)
Fifth Place - Dillon Dennis (149) and Quincy Mondaine (197)

Grandview Open (Des Moines, Iowa)
Second - Elijah Madison (HWT)
Fourth - Scott Chene (141)
Fifth - Parker Madl (157)

Header   Watch OU vs. ISU Friday  | Friday, Jan. 21

Watch No. 7 Oklahoma take on 15th-ranked Iowa State. Friday's webast is free, but will be split between wrestling and women's gymnastics because it is Iowa State's "Beauty and the Beast" event.

BroadcastsLive Webcast | Stats Live Scoring

Header   Sooners 2-0 at Lone Stars  | Saturday, Jan. 15

Oklahoma defeated its second opponent, Citadel, 31-3. Earlier in the day the Sooners outlasted No. 8 American, 22-14, in Oklahoma's first dual of the Lone Star Duals.

pdfHarvard: Final results and play-by-play
pdfCitadel: Final results and play-by-play
pdfAmerican: Final results and play-by-play

Header   Wrestling Intro Video | Wednesday, Jan. 12

The 2011 wrestling intro video debuted at OU's fourth annual "Beauty and the Beast" event on Friday, Jan. 7. Check out the latest SoonerVision creation here:

Header   Wrestling Visits Children's Center | Thursday, Dec. 16

The University of Oklahoma wrestling program brought presents, signed autographs and visited with patients at the Children's Center in Bethany, Okla. The gifts were donated to the Center's Holiday Baby Basics gift drive. 
See the Sooners as they give back to the community and wish everyone happy holidays!
Photos OU at the Children's Center Visit | Video The Children's Center
Header   Bedlam Time Moved | Wednesday, Dec. 8

This Sunday's Bedlam showdown, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., has been moved to 6 p.m. and will be held inside Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Tickets for the Bedlam dual are $12. Admission is $6 for groups of 20 or more, but to be eligible for that rate, the tickets need to be reserved ahead of time.
Header   2010-11 Wrestling Guide | Tuesday, Dec. 7

Click on the History and tradition link below to check out the 2010-11 Oklahoma Wrestling Guide. The interactive guide allows fans to get an inside look at the team, coaches and OU history. In addition, follow sophomore Tyler Caldwell as he shows off the Sooners' facilities.
Header   Cliff Keen Photo Gallery | Monday, Dec. 6

Check out the eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in action at the 2010 Cliff Keen Invitational. The Sooners finished in fourth place out of 36 teams and five wrestlers claimed top-five finishes.
Photos Photos of Cliff Keen Invitational | Final Bracket
Header   Hazewinkel Earns Silver | Tuesday, Nov. 30

Former Oklahoma wrestler Sam Hazewinkel won the men's freestyle silver medal on behalf of the at the Henri Deglane Challenge in Nice, France, this past weekend.

Hazewinkel, a four-time All-American at OU, added a big win to his resume after defeating 2003 World silver medalist Ghenadie Tulbea of Monaco in the semifinals. Hazewinkel completed competition with a 3-1 record after falling to the 2010 European champion Makmud Magomedov of Azerbaijan.

To view the article and results click here.
Header   Sooners Blank OCU, 43-0 | Saturday, Nov. 27

The eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners trounced Oklahoma City 43-0 to open collegiate action at the Oklahoma Open Saturday morning.

The Sooners (4-0) recorded four technical falls and added a pin to earn the victory over the NAIA's 12th-ranked Stars.

Oklahoma will take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 2 p.m. Saturday to close out Oklahoma Open action.

Oklahoma 43, Oklahoma City 0
125 - Patterson (OU) dec. Gomez (OCU), 9-2
133 - Reed (OU) tech. fall Wright (OCU), 4:38
141 - Bailey (OU) tech. fall Wheeler (OCU), 5:20
149 - Vernon (OU) fall Perez (OCU), 2:35
157 - M. Lester (OU) dec. Meyer (OCU), 3-2
165 - Detmer (OU) dec. Campbell (OCU), 11-6
174 - Caldwell (OU) tech. fall Pontikes (OCU), 6:23
184 - Bridell (OU) maj. dec. Brigance (OCU), 11-3
197 - Hall (OU) tech. fall Mabry (OCU), 23-8
285 - Bach (OU) maj. dec. Lattimore (OCU), 16-4
Header   A.W.N Ranks OU No. 2 | Wednesday, Nov. 17

The Sooners jumped five spots to No. 2 nationally in the latest Amateur Wrestling News rankings released today.

"Rankings do not make a season, but they are evidence that people are recognizing the hard work and progress that our young men have made," head coach Jack Spates said. "We are very proud of them. Now we have to continue to work hard and try to exceed those expectations set before us."

TEAM (Amateur Wrestling News)
1. Cornell
2. Oklahoma
3. Minnesota
4. Oklahoma State*
5. Boise State
Header   Sammie Leads Pack | Tuesday, Oct. 26

Tim Foley of InterMatWrestling tabbed Oklahoma assistant coach Sammie Henson as the top assistant in the country. Henson, a former two-time All-American and Olympic medalist, joined the staff last year (2008) and helped lead the Sooners to a top-five finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

To read the full story click here.
Header   Why Oklahoma? | Thursday, Oct. 7
Current Oklahoma stars talk about their decision to attend OU and be a part of the Sooner wrestling family:

Header   Another Top 10 Ranking | Wednesday, Sept. 29

Amateur Wrestling News ranks OU seventh in their preseason rankings, marking the third publication that has the Sooners ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Earlier this week Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine tabbed OU as the seventh best team in the country and The Open Mat ranked the Sooners at No. 9 entering the season.

Additionally, Oklahoma has six wrestlers individually ranked in their respective weight classes by Amateur Wrestling News. Leading the way for the Sooners is returning All-American Zack Bailey who is ranked No. 1 in the 141 weight class. Fellow All-American Tyler Caldwell is ranked No. 4 at 165 pounds. Ranked No. 10 at 125 pounds is the returning Big 12 Champion Jarrod Patterson. Senior Nathan Fernandez checks in at No. 12 in the heavyweight category. Senior Jeff James, competing at 174 pounds, falls in at No. 16. Erich Schmidtke, ranked No. 18, rounds out the rankings at 184 pounds.

Coming off a fifth place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships Oklahoma returns seven starters and seven NCAA qualifiers to this year's squad. Also added to the team are 16 newcomers that comprised a stellar 2010 recruiting class that ranked in the top ten nationally.



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