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Saturday, Feb. 2 | 6:30 p.m. | Norman | McCasland Field House

NORMAN – The Oklahoma wrestling team returns to McCasland Field House Saturday to host No. 22 Lehigh at 6:30 p.m. CT. The contest will be aired on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Last Time Out

In its last weekend of competition, OU (5-7, 1-3 Big 12) fell to No. 15 Iowa State 25-6 and No. 16 Northern Iowa 28-9 on the road.

Two Sooners picked up wins in the contest with Iowa State. At 149 pounds, senior Davion Jeffries got an upset victory over No. 12 Jarret Degan 12-5. At 157, Justin Thomas defeated the Cyclones’ Chase Straw 9-7.

Against Northern Iowa, three OU wrestlers won their bouts. Anthony Madrigal (133) got a 6-4 win over Jack Skudlarczyk. Wrestling at 157, Justin Thomas defeated UNI’s Paden Moore 6-3. Jake Woodley got a 4-2 win against Tyrell Gordon in the 197 bout.

Sooners in the Rankings

At 141, Dom Demas is the Sooners’ representative in the InterMat and FloWrestling rankings, checking in at No. 13 in InterMat and No. 12 in Flo’s release. Oklahoma is No. 22 in InterMat’s team rankings.

In Trackwrestling’s rankings, Demas is also No. 12, while Woodley is No. 24 at 197. As a team, OU was tabbed 34 in the Trackwrestling release.

Five OU wrestlers are ranked in the first of four NCAA Division I Coaches’ Panel Rankings. Demas is No 10 at 141; at 149 Jeffries is 28. Thomas (157) is No. 33, while at 174 Anthony Mantanona is ranked 28 and Woodley is No. 25 at 197. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Scouting the Mountain Hawks

The Mountain Hawks have compiled a 6-8 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action. The squad checks in at No. 22 in the latest NWCA Coaches’ Poll.

In its last competition, Lehigh dropped to No. 12 Virginia Tech 23-9. Prior to that match, the Mountain Hawks had won their last five matches straight with wins over then-No. 7 Cornell (19-16) and No. 23 Arizona State (23-13).

Five Lehigh wrestlers appear in the latest InterMat rankings. At 157, Josh Humphreys is No. 16, while Jordan Kutler (174) is No. 6. Competing at 184, Ryan Preisch is No. 8; Jake Jakobsen is No. 18 at 197; and at 285, Jordan Wood is No. 7.

Lehigh Projected Lineup

125: Luke Resnick, Fr. (2-12)
133: Brandon Paetzell, So. (8-9)
141: Ryan Pomrinca, Jr. (9-10) OR Dan Moran, Fr. (7-5)
149:
Corlandt Schuyler, Sr. (9-5)
157:
No. 16 Josh Humphreys, Fr. (11-5)
165: Gordon Wolf, Sr. (9-3)
174:
No. 6 Jordan Kutler, Jr. (13-4) OR Chase Gallik, Jr. (5-4)
184: No. 8 Ryan Preisch (12-2) OR Andrew Price (8-6)
197:
Chris Weiler, So. (15-10)
285:
No. 7 Jordan Wood, So. (15-2)

All-Time Series

OU and Lehigh first met in 1960. The Sooners own the all-time record 13-5. The teams last clashed in 2018 at Lehigh, with the then-No. 8 Mountain Hawks prevailing 31-4.

Match Info

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424. Youth and club teams can purchase group tickets to Saturday’s match for $5 and will have access to a post-match autograph session with the Sooners. 

The match will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Live stats will be available through Trackwrestling. 

The Lehigh match will be contested under the spotlight in McCasland Field House, and free glow sticks will be provided for fans in attendance while supplies last. 

OU Athletics has introduced a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season. More information on the policy and procedures can be found here.

Up Next

The Sooners head to Pennsylvania for a contest with Edinboro on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. CT. OU resumes Big 12 action with another two-match road swing at Air Force (Feb. 15) and Fresno State (Feb. 17).

For updates, follow @OU_Wrestling on Twitter, or like Oklahoma Wrestling on Facebook.  



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