OU welcomes Big 12 competitor Iowa State to McCasland Field House on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on FSOK.
Jan. 4, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 10 University of Oklahoma wrestling team opens 2013 with its second Conference dual of the season against Iowa State Saturday evening at McCasland Field House. The Sooners and the Cyclones will begin competition at 7 p.m.
For those unable to make it to the field house, the match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Oklahoma. For complete channel listing, please look here.
Saturday's match will feature select OU Wrestling Alumni, for Alumni Night. The first 250 people to the event will receive a free small popcorn and drink, along with a complimentary stadium cup. For a list of all of OU's wrestling promotions, please follow this link.
The Sooners return to Norman after they spent last weekend in Evanston, Ill., at the 50th Annual Midlands Championships where the team finished third overall behind Illinois and Virginia Tech, respectively. Oklahoma was just one of two schools, alongside runner up Virginia Tech, that produced two individual champions after Kendric Maple and Bubby Graham took home the 141- and 165-pound championships, respectively.
With an unscathed record at Midlands and his second consecutive title at the event, Maple returns to the matt as the No. 1 141-pounder in the country - a spot he has held all season - and maintains an undefeated 16-0 overall and 10-0 dual record throughout the 2012-13 season. Graham sits fourth out of all 165-pounders after he finished with a 5-0 record in Illinois.
Freshman Cody Brewer is 10th in the latest Amateur Wrestling News individual rankings at 133 pounds. Brother Nick (149) and Matt Lester (157) round out the Sooners five ranked wrestlers at No. 11 and No. 14 respectively.
Iowa State (1-2) was also at Midlands, as the only other Big 12 competitor at the event. The Cyclones finished 17h overall with 32.5 points.
The Cyclones head to Norman with six individually ranked wrestlers in No. 15 Luke Goette (141), No. 15 Boaz Beard (184), No. 16 Kyven Gadson (197), No. 19 Ryak Finch (125), No. 20 Michael Moreno (165) and No. 20 Matt Gibson (HWT).
With their potential lineup, fans can look forward to two top-25 matchups with Maple (No. 1) and Goette (No. 15) and Graham (No. 4) and Moreno (No. 20) at McCasland Field House on Saturday evening.
Oklahoma claimed both duals against Iowa State last year, despite ISU leading the overall series 48-35-3. Before OU swept both of last year's pair of duals the Cyclones had claimed the last eight duals against the Sooners, dating back to 2003.
| Probable Participants
|| Hometown (Year)
|Kyle Garcia (125)
|| Chocktaw, Okla. (Fr.)
|| Kansas City, Mo. (RFr.)
||Wichita, Kan. (RJr.)
||St.Louis Mo. (RJe.)
|Matt Lester (157)
||St. Louis, Mo. (RJr.)
|Bubby Graham (165)
||Annapolis, MD (RSr.)
||Wichita, Kan. (Fr.)
||Keller, Texas (Fr.)
||Lockport, Ill. (Fr.)
||Dallas, Texas (Sr.)