OU Welcomes Two Big 12 Opponents this Weekend
NORMAN — The Oklahoma wrestling team wraps up a three-match homestand this weekend with two home duals, hosting conference opponents Iowa State on Friday night and South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon.
The Sooners are returning to McCasland Field House after earning a big win on Jan. 23 over Northern Colorado, 28-10, inside Lloyd Noble Center. OU claimed seven bout victories in the dual, including a pin from Mike Longo (141 pounds) and technical fall wins from Christian Moody (125 pounds) and Davion Jeffries (149 pounds). Additionally, Marquise Overton (285 pounds) battled through overtime to claim his first OU wrestling win.
Two OU wrestlers appear in the latest InterMat rankings in No. 11 Yoanse Mejias (174 pounds) and No. 17 Moody. Additionally, seven Sooners appeared in the first NCAA coaches’ panel rankings of the season.
Both Friday and Sunday’s matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox College Sports Central. Live stats will be available on TrackWrestling.com, and live updates will be available on Twitter (@OU_Wrestling).
IOWA STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Sinjin Briggs, Fr. (1-7; 0-5)
133: Ian Parker, RFr. (15-6; 3-3)
OR Markus Simmons, RSo. (19-9; 2-2)
149: No. 18 Jarrett Degen, RFr. (15-3; 8-0)
157: Chase Straw, RSo. (13-8; 6-4)
165: Skyler St. John, RJr. (3-6; 0-3)
OR Brady Jennings, RSo. (13-6; 0-0)
174: Danny Bush, RJr. (13-10; 2-3)
184: Dane Pestano, RSr. (15-7; 7-3)
197: Sam Colbray, RFr. (10-9; 4-4)
OR Joe Teague, RSo. (5-7; 1-1)
HWT: Marcus Harrington, RJr. (16-8; 7-2)
OU VS. ISU HISTORY
Friday night’s dual marks the 95th meeting between the Sooners and the Cyclones, with Iowa State leading the all-time series 50-41-3. The Sooners won the most recent matchup, 30-12, on Jan. 27, 2017 in Ames.
ISU MATCH PROMOTIONS
Friday is Alumni Night, and OU wrestling alumni can receive discounted admission by contacting the OU Ticket Office prior to the match. Alumni will be recognized at halftime. Additionally, there will be a giveaway of OU chant stress balls.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: No. 19 Connor Brown, Fr. (16-9; 7-4 dual)
133: No. 1 Seth Gross, Jr. (16-1; 7-1)
141: Henry Pohlmeyer, So. (14-7; 5-4)
OR Isaac Andrade, Sr. (3-4; 2-0)
149: Colten Carlson, RFr. (8-11; 3-7)
157: No. 12 Luke Zilverberg, Sr. (20-6; 9-2)
165: Logan Peterson, Jr. (14-8; 5-2)
OR Zach Carlson, So. (4-6; 0-4)
174: No. 9 David Kocer, Sr. (17-4; 7-2)
184: Martin Mueller, So. (16-4; 7-2)
OR Brady Ayers, Sr. (7-6; 1-2)
197: No. 9 Nate Rotert, Sr. (18-2; 10-0)
HWT: Alex Macki, Sr. (9-9; 4-4)
OU VS. SDSU HISTORY
Sunday’s contest marks the fourth all-time between the Sooners and the Jackrabbits, with OU holding a 2-1 advantage. In the last meeting on Feb. 3, 2017, SDSU edged OU, 20-19, in a tiebreaker by criteria of match points scored in decisions, major decisions and technical falls.
The Sooners will be joined by honorary coaches Rodney Thornton on Friday and Chance Leonard and David Kjeldgaard for Sunday’s dual. Thornton, a graduate of Tuttle High School, wrestled for the Sooners from 1987-1992, earning his undergraduate degree in economics. Thornton earned his MBA from OCU in 1995 and currently works in the oil and gas field. A current member of the O Club, Thornton has been a continual supporter of OU wrestling since graduating, most recently donating $1 million toward facility renovations.
A native of Perry, Okla., Leonard was a two-time state wrestling champion. Leonard was a two-year OU wrestling starter, finishing his career as a Big 8 Place Winner and an NCAA qualifier before graduating in 1992. In 2017, Leonard was honored by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as Medal of Courage Recipient. He serves as a board member of the Oklahoma Regional Training Center and is a youth wrestling coach for the Oklahoma Wrestling Academy.
Kjeldgaard wrestled at OU from 1996-2000, finishing his career as a two-time NCAA qualifier, a Big 12 runner-up and a three-time All-America scholar. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oklahoma in finance. Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kjeldgaard lives in Dallas with his wife, Lori, and their three children, who will all be joining him on Sunday. Today, Kjeldgaard works for CBRE Real Estate and serves as a youth wrestling coach in the Dallas area.
Fans can purchase tickets for both duals online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.