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High (After)Noon Highlights: O’Brate Stadium took persistence

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New baseball facilities took persistence from Mike Holder:

We all know by now that the Oklahoma State baseball team has been in need of a facility upgrade for year’s now. Well they’re finally giving it. Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World wrote a report on what it took to make that a reality as well as some plans for the future.
More recently, Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday guided media members during a tour of the construction site of the Cowboys’ new ballpark. When O’Brate Stadium is finished in time for the start of the 2020 season, there won’t be a better college baseball venue. Both for players and fans, the amenities are off the charts.

If the Holder’s gotta go movement had gained more traction — and if enough of the right people had been in support of a change in the athletic director’s office — there probably would not have been a ballpark tour last week.

There probably would not be a new ballpark.

For 15 years, as OSU’s golf coach, Holder worked to raise money that led to the development of Karsten Creek — OSU’s five-star course.

Karsten Creek is located 10 miles west of Holder’s other favorite place. That would be Boone Pickens Stadium.

In 1977, Holder became acquainted with Karsten Solheim — the man who created Ping golf clubs. The acquaintance blossomed into a friendship of the Holders (Mike and wife Robbie) and the Solheims (Karsten and wife Louise).

....He is determined to secure money for a new Cowboy wrestling facility — and for wrestling coach John Smith soon to be as happy as Holliday is today. {Tulsa World}

Check out this shot from Matt Wolff:

Matt Wolff almost his this one all the way back to Karsten Creek.

Iowa coach talks Sunday’s meet:

Head coach of the Hawkeyes Tom Brand talked to the media on Tuesday ahead of their match against the Cowboys on Sunday. He talked about the excitement of the match, and about getting college wrestling more exposure on EXPN’s main network.