Lou Rosselli at WrangleMania (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Today, the Oklahoma athletic department announced that Lou Rosselli has stepped down from his post as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners wrestling program.
Rosselli just finished his seventh season at the helm for the Sooners. Oklahoma is coming off of a fourth-place finish at the 2023 Big 12 Championships with 97.5 points. Eight Sooners qualified for the 2023 NCAA Championships; however, only one managed to win more than one match; Josh Heindselman at 285 lbs, who went 2-2. With the NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, you would hope to have a banner performance.
Since Oklahoma did not have an All-American in 2023, it made back-to-back years without one.
Oklahoma finished the 2022-23 dual season with a 9-8 record, but were just 2-6 in the Big 12, with a pair of losses to Bedlam rival Oklahoma State. The biggest win for OU during the 2022-23 season came late in the year when they knocked off South Dakota State 18-13.
During his time at Oklahoma, Rosselli went 56-49 in dual action and produced two NCAA All-Americans. Additionally, after the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, two Sooners were tabbed NWCA All-Americans.
In 2021, Oklahoma captured their first Big 12 title since the 2002 season. The 2021 national tournament also saw the Sooners post their best NCAA finish under Rosselli (24th - 17 points).
The Sooner athletic department will conduct a national search for a successor to Rosselli. Given that this is the only current DI opening, and in a Power Five conference, there should be no shortage of high-quality applicants.