Jan. 9, 2009

Courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics

The No. 13 Oklahoma State wrestling team (8-2 overall) travels to Hampton, Va., to compete in the Virginia Duals Jan. 9-10. 

The second-seeded Cowboys are in the National College Division at the event and are set to face Clarion at 10 a.m. Central time in Friday’s first round and will battle either Virginia or Navy at 2 p.m. CT in the second round.

Saturday’s duals are TBD based on how the teams work their way through the bracket.

Virginia Duals National College Division Field
No. 8 Lehigh, No. 12 Central Michigan, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Edinboro, No. 22 Penn, No. 23 Old Dominion, No. 24 Kent State, Virginia, Navy, Bucknell, Clarion, Liberty, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Ohio and Rider.

Familiar Opponents and Chance At Redemption
The Cowboys have already faced four of the teams in the Virginia Duals National College Division field in dual matches this year, claiming wins over Old Dominion, Virginia and Northern Colorado and losing to Lehigh.

Lehigh enters the Virginia Duals as the highest-ranked team in the field and a potential rematch would provide the Cowboys with a chance to not only avenge their loss to the Mountain Hawks, but also will provide an opportunity for OSU to return to the top 10 in the national rankings.

OSU At Last Year’s Virginia Duals
Oklahoma State stormed to a 4-0 record at last year’s Virginia Duals, running over Drexel in the first round, 35-12, Rider in the second round, 39-9, Pennsylvania in the semifinals, 20-13 and No. 17 Illinois in the finals, 21-12.

Mason Likely To Hit Century Mark At Virginia Duals
Cowboy 165-pounder Brandon Mason is nearing the 100-win mark for his career. Mason enters the Virginia Duals with a 98-35 career record. When he reaches the 100-win plateau, he will become the 32nd OSU wrestler to accomplish the feat and the 19th to do it under the guidance of coach John Smith.

Cowboys 276-68-5 All-Time vs. Ranked Opponents
Oklahoma State will likely face at least one ranked team at the Virginia Duals this week. The Cowboys have already toppled three ranked teams this year in No. 20 Old Dominion (30-9 on Nov. 22), No. 24 Virginia (33-7 on Nov. 29) and No. 7 Minnesota (23-13 on Jan. 1).

Oklahoma State has feasted on ranked opposition throughout its history. The Amateur Wrestling News has produced college rankings since the 1974-75 season. Since that time, Oklahoma State is 276-68-5 vs. ranked opponents (79.8 winning percentage).

OSU Has Won 76 Straight Duals vs. Unranked Teams
The Cowboys have traditionally rolled against unranked opponents, winning each of their last 76 duals vs. unranked opposition.

Oklahoma State’s last loss to an unranked opponent was a 22-17 defeat at the hands of Illinois in Stillwater on Feb. 21, 1993. That loss is the only OSU defeat at the hands of an unranked opponent in Gallagher-Iba Arena since the inception of the Amateur Wrestling News team rankings in 1974.