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Cody says his wrestling team needs a fresh start, resigns

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mark Cody is no longer the Oklahoma Sooners wrestling coach. He has resigned, because he felt like it was time for a fresh start.

The school has appointed Michael Lightner as the team’s interim head coach. He’s been an assistant coach for the past seven-years.

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“I am extremely grateful to have had the privilege to coach at the University of Oklahoma,” Cody said. “I believe it is time for new leadership and for this reason, I am resigning effective immediately. I want to wish nothing but the best for everyone associated with the program.”

During his tenure, he went 55-34 over the past five-years. They had a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

However, this past season, the team went 6-10 on the season and were third in a four team wrestling conference. Cody had six wrestlers, who went to the NCAA Championships.

He came to the program after nine-years at American University in Washington, D.C. He previously served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Missouri and Bloomsburg, a Division II school in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

“I want to express our sincere appreciation for the leadership Mark has provided the last five years,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in the release. “In addition to producing some highly accomplished wrestlers, he developed high-character student-athletes who also performed well in the classroom.

“Mark was well respected by his student-athletes, by members of the OU community and by his peers. We thank him for his time here and we wish him the very best.”

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