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OSU athletics to host multiple NCAA championships in coming years

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has been selected as the host for several NCAA championship events in the coming years, including the 2023 wrestling championships, which will be held at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

OSU will also serve as the host for the men’s and women’s cross country championships in 2022, the men’s and women’s tennis championships in 2024 and a men’s golf regional in 2025, it was announced on Wednesday.

“What a great opportunity for all of us here at Oklahoma State to host these events,” athletic director Mike Holder said in a statement. “Our facilities are some of the best around and I know that our people will make these events truly special for all involved.”

OSU will partner with the Tulsa Sports Commission to host the 2023 wrestling championships. It marks the ninth time Oklahoma State has either hosted or co-hosted the event, most recently in 2006. It will be the first appearance of the event at the BOK Center. 

OSU was slated to host the 2020 NCAA Tennis Championships in Stillwater but lost the chance when the event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We were very confident in our preparation for 2020 because we were going to add some unique things that would have enhanced the championship experience for players and fans alike,” tennis coach Chris Young said. “The committee saw the work we had put in and we’re thankful they thought enough of those efforts to give us another opportunity. I’m looking forward to putting on an event student-athletes will remember for the rest of their lives.”

It was a similar story for the cross country program, which was scheduled to host the 2020 NCAA championships this November on its completely renovated cross country course before the season was altered by the pandemic.

“We’ve built the best cross country course in America here at Oklahoma State and it’s exciting for us to have the top runners in the nation come to Stillwater for the chance to compete on this stage,” coach Dave Smith said.

Postseason golf returns to Karsten Creek in 2025. The Cowboys hosted the NCAA championships in 2018, when the Cowboys won the team championship.

“Oftentimes, we talk about creating championship opportunities for our student-athletes and that was a great example of what it looks like,” Holder said. “We’re so thankful to have great support from the Stillwater community and look forward to creating similar memories in this next cycle.”

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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›