Oklahoma wrestling: Top-ranked Kendric Maple says Sooners have 'a lot of potential'

Oklahoma wrestler Kendric Maple is off to an 8-0 start and is currently ranked No. 1 in the 141-pound weight class.
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer, tshadid@opubco.com Published: December 8, 2012
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photo - Sooner Kendric Maple escapes from Julian Feikert in the 141pound match in Bedlam wrestling as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) in college NCAA wrestling at McCasland Field House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Sooner Kendric Maple escapes from Julian Feikert in the 141pound match in Bedlam wrestling as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) in college NCAA wrestling at McCasland Field House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma wrestler Kendric Maple is off to an 8-0 start this season and is currently ranked No. 1 in the 141-pound weight class. The junior is a returning All-American for the 10th-ranked Sooners after placing fourth at the NCAA Championships last season. Maple was selected as the Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Month for November.

Maple talked with The Oklahoman about Sunday's Bedlam dual, being ranked No. 1, and former teammate Tyler Caldwell.

What are some things about Bedlam that make it different from other duals?

“It's obviously a huge rivalry and we are very aware of that. All the fans come out, everyone on both sides has high expectations, and it's just a great feeling to be out there wrestling in a rivalry like this.”

You guys are Bedlam underdogs this year, what's it going to take to pull the upset?

“We know we're underdogs. We're a young team, coming off a hard loss to Wyoming. But we have a lot of potential and I think that gives us a chance to meet the high expectations that come with being the Sooners.”

Your former OU teammate, Tyler Caldwell, is at OSU now. What will it be like to see him on the other side of Bedlam?

“It's definitely going to be weird seeing him on the other side. But he had to do what he had to do. We've been friends going back even before high school and he was actually my roommate when he was here.”

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Bedlam wrestling

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: McCasland Field House, Norman

TV: FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)

Radio: KSPI-FM 93.7

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