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Jack Spates, head wrestling coach at the University of Oklahoma, and his son, Jeremy Spates, an assistant coach at Cornell University, will go “On the Mat” this Wednesday, February 23.
“On the Mat” is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The show can be heard live on the Internet at www.kcnzam.com or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday from 5:05 – 6:00 PM CST on AM 1650, The Fan.
Spates is in his 14th season as the head wrestling coach at the University of Oklahoma and will retire after this season. His Sooner teams have compiled a 243-77-12 dual meet record.
Jeremy Spates, his son, is an assistant coach at Cornell University. Jack was an NCAA Division I All-American for Slippery Rock in 1974 and Jeremy was an All-American for Missouri in 2004.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has a new exhibit and book coming out in March called Family Ties. Jack and Jeremy Spates will be on the program as a celebration of family traditions within the sport.