2008-09 Oklahoma State Wrestling Schedule

STILLWATER, Okla. ? A visit from reigning national champion Iowa, a trip to Minneapolis to face Big Ten power Minnesota and the yearly home-and-home series with Bedlam rival Oklahoma highlight the 2008-09 Oklahoma State wrestling schedule released today by coach John Smith.



Owning more NCAA team championships than any other sport at any other school, the Cowboys open their quest toward their 35th title when they travel to Warrensburg, Mo., for the Central Missouri Open on Nov. 16. The dual match slate begins when Old Dominion visits Gallagher-Iba Arena at 1 p.m. on Nov. 22.



A trip to Troy, N.Y., for the Northeast Duals on Nov. 29 will include dual matches against Lehigh, Virginia, Appalachian State and American University. The event will be held at Hudson Valley Community College.



The Cowboys return home to host Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 before traveling to Norman for the first of two Bedlam Series duals on Dec. 7. Start time is set for 2 p.m., and the Cowboys are looking to extend their all-time series advantage over the Sooners to 125-25-9. Since John Smith took over as OSU head coach in 1992, Oklahoma State is 33-4-2 against OU.



A western swing follows the Bedlam dual, as the Cowboys travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to square off against Cal Poly on Dec. 16 before heading directly to Reno, Nev., for the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18.



After a brief holiday break, Oklahoma State rings in the new year with a Jan. 1 dual at Minnesota. The Cowboys handed the Gophers an 18-14 beating in Stillwater last year and the Gophers will be looking for payback in a rivalry that is fast becoming one of the sport?s best.



OSU returns home to host UC Davis at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4 before competing at the Virginia Duals in Norfolk Jan. 9 and 10. The Cowboys? opponents at the Virginia Duals will not be known until the week of the tournament.



Two of the richest traditions in all of college sports collide at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Jan. 18 when the Iowa Hawkeyes come to town. When Oklahoma State and its 34 NCAA team titles squares off against Iowa and its 21 NCAA team championships, passions are sure to be high, especially given the fact that the Cowboys have beaten the Hawkeyes soundly in recent years by winning nine straight and 12 of the last 13 head-to-head matchups.



The first of two day-night doubleheaders on the schedule follows, as OSU travels to Ames to face NCAA title-hopeful Iowa State at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25, then get on the bus and drive two hours to Cedar Rapids to tangle with an always-dangerous Northern Iowa squad at 7 p.m. that same day.



OSU?s road finale comes on Feb. 5, when the Cowboys travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face off against a Nebraska team that has emerged as a Big 12 contender in recent years. Oklahoma State then returns home to host Missouri at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 before hosting its second doubleheader on Feb. 15 when it takes on the Pat Popolizio-coached Binghamton Bearcats at 2 p.m.

followed immediately by a dual against the Mark Branch-coached Wyoming Cowboys at 4 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Binghamton and Wyoming will face each other immediately following the OSU-Wyoming dual.



The regular season finale is set for 2 p.m. on Feb. 22, when the Cowboys host Oklahoma in Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU hasn?t lost to their in-state rivals in Stillwater since 1995.



The 2009 Big 12 Tournament will be held March 7 in Lincoln, Neb., with the NCAA Championships returning to St. Louis March 19-21.

2008-09 Oklahoma State Wrestling Schedule
Nov. 16................ Central Missouri State Open....................... Warrensburg, Mo................. All Day

Nov. 22................ Old Dominion.......................................... ..... Stillwater, Okla...................... 1 p.m.

Nov. 29................ Lehigh (Northeast Duals)............................ Troy, N.Y............................... 8:15 a.m.

Nov. 29................ Virginia (Northeast Duals)........................... Troy, N.Y............................... 10:15 a.m.

Nov. 29................ Appalachian State (Northeast Duals)......... Troy, N.Y............................... 2:15 p.m.

Nov .29................ American (Northeast Duals)........................ Troy, N.Y.............................. 4:15 p.m.

Dec. 5.................. Northern Colorado...................................... Stillwater, Okla...................... 7 p.m.

Dec. 7.................. at Oklahoma.......................................... ....... Norman, Okla....................... 2 p.m.

Dec. 16................ at Cal Poly.............................................. ....... San Luis Obispo, Calif......... 9 p.m.

Dec. 18................ Reno Tournament of Champions............... Reno, Nev............................. All Day

Jan. 1................... at Minnesota......................................... ........ Minneapolis, Minn............... 2 p.m.

Jan. 4................... UC Davis............................................. .......... Stillwater, Okla...................... 2 p.m.

Jan. 9-10............. Virginia Duals............................................. .. Norfolk, Va............................ All Day

Jan. 18................. Iowa.............................................. ................. Stillwater, Okla...................... 2 p.m.

Jan. 25................. at Iowa State............................................. ..... Ames, Iowa............................ 1 p.m.

Jan. 25................. at Northern Iowa........................................... Cedar Rapids, Iowa............. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5................... at Nebraska.......................................... ......... Lincoln, Neb......................... 7 p.m.

Feb. 7................... Missouri.......................................... .............. Stillwater, Okla...................... 7 p.m.

Feb. 15................. Binghamton........................................ .......... Stillwater, Okla...................... 2 p.m.

Feb. 15................. Wyoming........................................... ........... Stillwater, Okla...................... 4 p.m.

Feb. 15................. Wyoming vs. Binghamton.......................... Stillwater, Okla...................... 6 p.m.

Feb. 22................. Oklahoma.......................................... ........... Stillwater, Okla...................... 2 p.m.

March 7............... Big 12 Championship.................................. Lincoln, Neb......................... All Day

March 19-21........ NCAA Championship.................................. St. Louis, Mo......................... All Day