After a two-year hiatus, the Bedlam wrestling series is back to a home-and-home wrestled in both Stillwater and Norman.
The stage is set…
The 2019-20 schedule is here! 🗓
— Oklahoma Wrestling (@OU_Wrestling) September 4, 2019
The Cowboys have yet to release their schedule, but the Sooners announced on Wednesday that OSU will travel to Norman December 15 and the Sooners will come to Stillwater February 16.
From the 1940’s until two years ago, Bedlam wrestling was a two-dual event where the majority of the time the Cowboys walked away as winners. The series now stands at 141-27-10 in favor of OSU. In the 2017-18 season OU head coach Lou Roselli opted to not wrestle the match in Norman and followed it up by doing the same in the 2018-19 season.
This prompted criticism from all angles for the Sooners. Stories from writers like The Daily Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel took an objective approach, but noted it wasn’t a good look. Bloggers from Pistols Firing tweeted things like this.
Maybe if OU had her, they wouldn't have canceled the Bedlam dual? https://t.co/aAPS7dWDqZ
— Seth Duckworth (@Seth_Duckworth) August 28, 2019
OU head coach Lou Roselli had this to say when his program dropped the home Bedlam match. “Until we challenge and it’s competitive and fun to watch, you’re still in a very difficult situation.”
It’s unknown if the public criticism got to the Sooners and prompted OU to make the change back or if they feel they can actually challenge the Cowboys at this point.
FloWrestling released its Big 12 rankings and according to them there are only three weights where OU would be favored. With Kaid Brock out, Daton Fix possibly redshirting, and a few unproven wrestlers stepping into the lineup for the first time at the some of the upper weights, Bedlam could be a bit more competitive than the blowouts we’ve recently seen. OSU will still certainly still be a heavy favorite.