08/01/2011 By UCO Athletic Media Relations
University of Central Oklahoma - Wrestling
EDMOND (Aug. 2) – Hosting the biggest tournament of the season highlights what is otherwise a light home slate for Central Oklahoma wrestling in 2011-12, according to the schedule released Tuesday.
The Bronchos have just four home duals during the regular season, but UCO will be the host school for the all-important NCAA Division II Super Regional II Tournament Feb. 25-26 at Hamilton Field House.
Twelve teams will compete in that two-day event, with the top-four placers from each of the 10 individual weights qualifying for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships on March 11-12 in Pueblo, Colo.
“Hosting the most important tournament of the year is a big deal for us and we’re looking forward to it,” said long-time head coach David James, who has a 341-120-5 dual record and 12 national championships in 29 years at the UCO helm. “You can’t do anything at the national tournament without getting through the regional and we’re excited about having that event at home.
“We have a good, tough schedule with several duals and events we’ll point to throughout the season and I think we can accomplish some big things this year.”
The Bronchos, who return all 10 starters from last year’s 15-4 dual team that finished 13th in the national tournament, will preview the 2011-12 squad with the annual Bronze-Blue intrasquad dual on Nov. 2 before opening the season at the Oklahoma City Open on Nov. 6.
UCO will make its home debut on Dec. 9 against Wayland Baptist, with the other home duals coming Jan. 12 (Nebraska-Kearney), Feb. 2 (Central Missouri) and Feb. 11 (Ouachita Baptist).
The Bronchos have 10 duals scheduled in addition to the NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 7-8 in Chicago. UCO will also compete in five tournaments, including four open events.
By UCO Athletic Media Relations