Nov. 16, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State wrestling has signed seven athletes to national letters of intent for the 2012-13 academic year, the program announced today.
Jordan Rogers, widely considered the best high school wrestler in the nation at 182 pounds, highlights the Cowboys’ recruiting class.
“The level of wrestling at Oklahoma State is just phenomenal,” Rogers said. “The opportunities they have there outside of the collegiate season with freestyle and international wrestling played a big role. That’s one of my favorite things to do is to wrestle freestyle and my goal is to go win the Olympics and World Championships. Coach Smith has already done it, so you can’t really go wrong with that.”
Five of OSU’s signees are from the state of Oklahoma, including brothers Kyle and Brian Crutchmer from Tulsa Union, Chase Ferman from Broken Arrow, Conner Cline from Blackwell and Landry Chappell from Guthrie.
Kyle Crutchmer was the 2011 6A state champion at 171 pounds, while Brian Crutchmer is a two-time 6A runner-up at 135 pounds.
“It’s definitely cool having my brother sign with the same school,” Kyle Crutchmer said. “We are pretty close and it will make things easier on us. I’m looking forward to hanging out with all the guys. I met them on an official visit and they all seemed really cool.”
His brother showed the same excitement to sign with the Cowboys.
“OSU is like a family with all the tradition they have there,” Brian Crutchmer said. “I like the coaches a lot and it just seemed like the right place. Me and my brother both decided we were going there. I like the way they do things.”
Case Garrison, who grandfather, Walt Garrison, played football for OSU and the Dallas Cowboys, is another big name on the list. He helped lead Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, to its 11th-straight state title last year and is considered one of the top high school wrestlers in the country at 135 pounds.
The remaining three signees are all Oklahoma high school state champions.
Ferman claimed the 6A state championship at 135 pounds in 2011. He also went 34-2 and placed second in the 2011 Junior Greco-Roman Fargo Nationals at 135 pounds. He was a high school teammate of current Cowboy Zach Skates.
Chappell won the 2011 5A state championship at 215 pounds and holds a 7-1 all-time in the state tournament. He is also a football and baseball standout for Guthrie.
The final signee is Conner Cline of Blackwell. Cline won the Oklahoma 4A state title at 112 pounds to close his junior year in 2011.
Cowboy Wrestling Signees (Listed Alphabetically by Last Name):
Landry Chappell – Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie High School)
Conner Cline – Blackwell, Okla. (Blackwell High School)
Brian Crutchmer – Tulsa, Okla. (Union High School)
Kyle Crutchmer – Tulsa, Okla. (Union High School)
Chase Ferman – Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow High School)
Case Garrison – St. Paris, Ohio (Graham High School)
Jordan Rogers – Spokane, Wash. (Mead High School)