• Spates still looking for first win over Cowboys

The fact that Oklahoma is hosting Bedlam wrestling at 3 p.m. today is reason enough to visit Howard McCasland Field House. It’s Bedlam, and Oklahoma State is ranked No. 2.

But OU coach Jack Spates has another reason: today will be the last time Teyon Ware wrestles in Norman.

Ware, a two-time national champion, will wrestle at Oklahoma City later this month at the NCAA’s, but this will be his final match at the old fieldhouse.

“That’s a big, big deal,” Spates said. “He’s on track to be one of the greatest OU wrestlers of all time.”

Ware is 19-1 and ranked No. 2 at 141 pounds. He was 132-0 and a four-time state champion at Edmond North. As a Sooner, he carries a career mark of 105-13. He won an NCAA title his freshman year and won it again last season. He was sixth as a sophomore.

He’s one of 17 OU wrestlers to win two national titles and could be one of just three others to win three.

This year, he was ranked No. 1 before losing a 4-3 decision to No. 2 Nate Gallick of Iowa State Jan. 28. Dating back to last season’s Big 12 Tournament final, Ware is 24-2, with both losses coming to Gallick

“I would think fans would not want to miss a chance to see him wrestle,” Spates said.

Today, Ware will probably face Daniel Frishkorn.

Ware beat Frishkorn 4-3 when OSU beat the Sooners 23-12 at Gallagher-Iba Arena Dec. 9.

Ware will be one of three Sooners Spates is counting on to win. The others are No. 2 Sam Hazewinkel (24-0) at 125, No. 5 Joel Flaggert at 197 and No. 15 Justin Dyer at 184.

The Sooners have six ranked wrestlers, but the problem is OSU’s strengths mirror OU’s.

Hazewinkel will probably be matched with No. 5 Coleman Scott, while No. 6 Matt Storniolo at 149 will face No. 3 Zack Esposito.

Fifth-ranked Joel Flaggert at 197 will face No. 4 Jake Rosholt, while No. 6 Jake Hager will face No. 2 Steve Mocco in the heavyweight bout.

In Stillwater, the Sooners’ only win among those bouts was Hazewinkel’s 6-4 victory over Scott.

OU led OSU 12-11 after Wes Roberts beat Brandon Mason at 174. But Rusty Blackmon upset Dyer (6-3) at 184 and the Cowboys won the final two bouts to claim the dual.

“We had a chance to win that dual. The match turned when Justin Dyer lost in the last 15 seconds,” Spates said. “But the key is not Oklahoma State. The key is us focusing on ourselves. We have to wrestle from whistle to whistle. We have to make things happen.”

The Sooners are coming in on a small roll, having won their last two duals over No. 20 Hofstra and No. 4 Nebraska. Oklahoma State is coming to Norman after a 16-13 loss to No. 1 Minnesota in last week’s televised dual at the Ford Center.

“I think Oklahoma State is a great, great team,” Spates said. “And what happened last week doesn’t change my opinion. I think it does show that they’re not invincible.”

Spates is hoping the crowd can make a big impact. Whatever the numbers, the smaller fieldhouse is sure to be louder than Lloyd Noble Center’s theater seating.

“A good crowd is going to be essential to us,” Spates said. “That’s something Oklahoma State’s always had. We need that for this dual.”

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