No. 3 Oklahoma State sends selected wrestlers to compete in the Kaufman-Brand Open at the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha, Neb., this Saturday. The all-day event begins at 9 a.m.
Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students. Contact the University of Nebraska-Omaha ticket office at 402-554-MAVS for more information.
Cowboys To Watch At The Kaufman-Brand
With most of OSU?s starting lineup not in action this weekend, the Kaufman-Brand Open provides several of the Cowboys? unproven wrestlers with a chance to make an impression. Perhaps the most intriguing storyline for OSU this weekend is that of senior Jake Dieffenbach, who graduated from Lindenwood University with a year of eligibility remaining. Dieffenbach was a two-time NAIA champion and a three-time NAIA finalist during his time at Lindenwood and is a strong candidate for the starting spot at 165 pounds. He has been sidelined for a chunk of the preseason with a knee injury and the Kaufman-Brand Open marks his first time suiting up for the Cowboys, as he did not compete at the Orange and Black Dual nor the Central Missouri Open.
Another OSU wrestler to watch in Omaha is freshman 197-pounder Clayton Foster, who won his weight class at the Central Missouri Open by beating teammate and returning Cowboy starter Jared Shelton in the title bout.
Foster remains very much in the hunt for the starting spot at 197 pounds even as a true freshman.
Redshirt freshman Neil Erisman is another key figure in action this weekend, as he has a chance to crack into the lineup at 157 pounds.
About The OSU Wrestling Program
No program at any school in America has enjoyed as much success through the years at the wrestling program at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have won 34 NCAA team championships, have crowned 132 individual NCAA champions and 418 All-Americans. OSU has 45 undefeated seasons to its credit and has produced 36 Olympic wrestlers.
2007-08 marks the 89th season of Cowboy wrestling and the 66th season in which Oklahoma State has called Gallagher-Iba Arena home. The Cowboys enter the 2007-08 season with a 411-31-5 record duals wrestled at Gallagher-Iba (92.5 winning percentage).