For the last few seasons I have made a point to rip Oklahoma. Making fun of their underachievement and Jack Spates were a frequent occurrence with me.
They lost arguably their best wrestler last year(Fio) who had a great shot at AA'ing this year.
This Summer I figured this would be the last season Spates would coach in Norman. Anytime you see your big guns just up and leave the program questions have to be asked about the leadership.
I wrote the Sooners off more than ever after this happened. Now They are sitting in 3rd place at arguably the toughest regular season tournament. They have 4 wrestlers in the championship side and 2 in the cons, same as the 2 teams ahead of them.
Marked improvement is noticeable and you may speculate as to why(I have my opinions) they are so improved. But all this is to say that I was wrong about the Sooners and the ship i thought was sinking fast is actually afloat and prospering.
Congratulations to the wrestlers and staff(Sammie Henson) at Oklahoma for bringing pride back to a proud program.