Sooners Ready For Pair of Weekend Duals

Mikey McCareins
By Mikey McCareins
Student Assistant
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Oklahoma (7-9)
Feb. 10 | 7 p.m. CT | Lloyd Noble Center | Norman, Okla.
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Oklahoma (7-9)
Feb. 11 | 2 p.m. CT | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.

NORMAN — The Oklahoma wrestling team returns to the Sooner state following a weekend trip out West, as the Sooners host Edinboro University on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center before traveling to Stillwater on Sunday for a 2 p.m. showdown with No. 4 Oklahoma State. 

Saturday will be a special day for OU head coach Lou Rosselli, who is an alumnus of Edinboro. Rosselli was a two-time All-American as a Fighting Scot, a three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honoree and is a member of the Edinboro Hall of Fame.

Heading into the match, two OU wrestlers are in the latest InterMat rankings: No. 10 Yoanse Mejias (174 pounds) and No. 16 Christian Moody (125). 

Both Saturday 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).

EDINBORO PROBABLE LINEUP

125: No. 11 Sean Russell (R-Jr., 23-4; 8-0 dual)
133: No. 17 Korbin Myers (R-So., 21-8; 7-1 dual)
141: Nate Hagan (Jr., 10-14; 3-5 dual)
149: Jensen Lorea (R-Jr., 4-8; 1-1 dual)
157: Andrew Shomers (R-So., 23-5; 8-0 dual)
165: Fritz Hoehn (R-So., 12-10; 5-2 dual)
174: Ty Schoffstall (R-Sr., 16-1; 6-1 dual)
184: Zach Ancewicz (Fr., 8-12; 1-3 dual)
197: Dylan Reynolds (R-So., 8-8; 4-0 dual)
HWT: No. 14 Billy Miller (R-Jr., 12-3; 7-0 dual)

OU VS. EDINBORO HISTORY

The Sooners are 1-0-0 all-time versus Edinboro, having beaten the Fighting Scots, 23-12, in 2001.

SCOUTING THE FIGHTING SCOTS

Edinboro enters the weekend at 6-3 overall during the 2017-18 season, riding a three-match winning streak. The Fighting Scots will be in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday night to take on Oklahoma State prior to their showdown with the Sooners on Saturday. Edinboro ventures to Oklahoma coming off a 22-14 win over No. 23 Lock Haven. Redshirt junior Sean Russell has been dominant for the Fighting Scots, posting a 23-4 record (8-0 dual) at 125 pounds. Redshirt junior Billy Miller also enters the weekend undefeated in dual action at 7-0 at heavyweight, while redshirt sophomore Korbin Myers is 7-1 in duals at 133 pounds.

OKLAHOMA STATE PROBABLE LINEUP

125: No. 7 Nick Piccininni (15-3)
133: No. 3 Kaid Brock (20-2)
141: No. 6 Dean Heil (18-4)
149: No. 14 Boo Lewallen (20-5)
157: Jonce Blaylock (14-7)
165: No. 10 Chandler Rogers (14-3)
174: No. 13 Jacobe Smith (15-4) OR Hestin Lamons (2-3)
184: Keegan Moore (12-7) or Andrew Marsden (13-7)
197: No. 5 Preston Weigel (8-1)
HWT: No. 11 Derek White (17-2)

BEDLAM HISTORY

Oklahoma State leads the all-time series over Oklahoma with a 137-27-9 record. The then-No. 1 Cowboys took down the Sooners in both meetings in the 2016-17 season.

SCOUTING THE COWBOYS

Oklahoma State enters the weekend at No. 4 in the nation with a 10-2 dual meet record on the campaign. The Cowboys, coming off a 24-10 win over No. 15 Northern Iowa, will face Edinboro on Friday prior to Sunday’s dual with the Sooners. In his 27th year at the helm, OSU head coach John Smith has led the program to 34 wins in its past 37 dual meets dating back to 2015. Oklahoma State’s marquee win in 2018 was a 19-16 take down of No. 5 North Carolina State, handing the Wolfpack their only loss of the season. The Pokes have top-15 wrestlers in Division I in eight of 10 weight classes, including redshirt sophomore Kaid Brock (No. 3 at 125 pounds) and redshirt junior Preston Weigel (No. 5 at 197 pounds).

SENIOR NIGHT

Oklahoma will honor four senior wrestlers on Saturday night: Dawaylon Barnes, Andrew Dixon, Mike Longo and Yoanse Mejias. All four have been key contributors in their combined 10 seasons in Norman. Longo and Mejias, transfers from Appalachian State and Northern Iowa Area CC, respectively, both qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships as juniors. Barnes, a transfer from Northeast Oklahoma, has compiled a 24-15 overall record during his time in Norman with a 7-7 record in duals this season. Dixon, an Edmond, Okla., native, has racked up 38 career wins.

HONORARY COACHES

The Sooners will be joined on Saturday by honorary coaches TJ Sewell and Byron Tucker. Sewell, a graduate of Moore High School, wrestled at OU from 1986-1990 at 194 pounds. He finished his illustrious career in Norman as a four-year starter, three-time All-American, NCAA Runner-Up in 1989 and the second-winningest wrestler in program history.   

Tucker, a native of McKinney, Va., wrestled at Oklahoma from 1995-2000. A four-year letterman, Tucker was an All-American in 2000 with a trio of top-three finishes in the Big 12 throughout his career. As a senior in 2000, he won the Big 12 Title and was the National Champion at 174 pounds.

TICKETS

Fans can purchase tickets for both duals online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.

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