Friday, December 7, 2012

OU Wrestling Hosts Bedlam Sunday

NORMAN, Okla. -- The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team will face two top-25 opponents in a span of three days, including the annual Bedlam Dual against No. 2 Oklahoma State (2-0, 0-0) in Norman on Sunday at 2 p.m. CST at McCasland Fieldhouse, home of Oklahoma Wrestling.

Sunday's match against the Cowboys will be broadcast live on FSSW/FCSP.

The Sooners (4-1, 0-0) travel to Arkansas City, Kan., on Friday to face No. 20 Wyoming (1-1, 0-0). The match will be held at Cowley College and competition will begin at 7 p.m. CST.

The Sooners are 14-1-2 all-time against Wyoming. The Cowboys' lone victory came last season on Jan. 3 in Laramie, Wyo., when they narrowly topped the Sooners, 18-17.

Wyoming brings two ranked wrestlers to the mat in 157-pounder Any McCulley who is ranked 12th in his weight class, and 197-pounder Alfonso Hernandez, who settles in at fourth overall.

McCulley will battle it out with top-10 opponent, No. 10 Matt Lester (7-0 overall, 3-0 duals) in the 157-pound bout, while freshman Brad Johnson (8-3 overall, 3-1 duals) will have the task of taking on Hernandez.

Oklahoma is fresh off a 31-9 home victory against Binghamton last weekend. This will be Wyoming's first dual since a 22-15 loss to No. 9 Nebraska at home on Nov. 11. After their dual, the Cowboys traveled to Nebraska for the Nebraska-Kearney Open where they left with seven titles and placed ninth in last weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Wyoming follows their matchup against Oklahoma with a dual in Stillwater against Oklahoma State on Saturday. Following its matchup against Wyoming, Oklahoma State will head to Norman on Sunday for their matinee dual with Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State, ranked second in the latest USA Today Coaches poll, knocked off the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers in Minneapolis last weekend. The Cowboys will bring eight ranked wrestlers to Norman, including two number one wrestlers in 149-pounder Jordan Oliver and 174-pounder Chris Perry.

Oklahoma's Nick Lester, ranked 7th at 149 pounds, will take on Oliver, while freshman Matt Reed will battle it out with Perry. Reed leads the Sooners with three victories via fall in dual competition.

Other matchups that feature a pair of ranked wrestlers include No. 10 133-pounder Cody Brewer (OU) against No. 8 Jon Morrison (OSU) and No. 10 Matt Lester in the Crimson and Cream versus No. 14 Alex Dieringer in the 157-pound dual. Bubby Graham, ranked sixth at 165 pounds, will take to the mat against Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell, who sits third in the latest rankings.

Top-ranked 141-pounder Kendric Maple will take on the Cowboys' Julian Feikert.

Other Sooners wrestling include Greg Wilson versus No. 17 Chris Chionuma in the 184-pound bout, Brad Johnson versus No. 14 Blake Rosholt in the 197-pounders and Keldrick Hall and No. 4 Alan Gelogaev in the heavyweight clash.

Freshman Kyle Garcia will wrestle Tyler Dorrell in the only Bedlam matchup between two Oklahoma natives when the 125-pounders take to the mat. Garcia won four state championships for Choctaw, while Dorrell won two state championships for Del City throughout their high school playing careers.

Sooner fans can help their neighbors in need by bringing spare cold-weather clothing and accessories to the Bedlam dual on Sunday afternoon.

OU's chapter of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has organized the Warmer for Winter Clothing Drive. Donated items will be given to Norman's Food and Shelter for Friends, Inc., for dispersal to needy families in Cleveland County.

For more information on items in need and how you can contribute to the Warmer for Winter Clothing Drive, click here.

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