Stillwater, Okla. Â Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith announced the signing of four prep standouts to national letters of intent Tuesday. Alex Meade (Camden, Del./Caesar Rodney HS), Jordan Oliver (Easton, Pa./Easton HS), Johnny Koepp (Forney, Texas/Bishop Lynch) and Tyson Yoder (Weatherford, Okla./Weatherford) are set to join the most storied program in all of college sports.
“I’m excited about this class because we are picking up some needs that we will have for the future, specifically at 133 and 165,” Smith said. “We’re confident that Jordan Oliver has a good future at 133 and Alex Meade has a good future at 165. Both have demonstrated the ability to win at a high level and that’s what excites me about this class.
“I can see Tyson Yoder as wrestling at 197 for us in the future and Johnny Koepp is likely to begin his time here wrestling at 157,” Smith said. “It’s very nice to have an Oklahoma kid coming here in Yoder and I believe that Koepp is a very talented wrestler who has been well-coached in high school.”
A closer look at the Oklahoma State wrestling signing class of 2007:
Camden, Del./Caesar Rodney HS
High School: Attended Caesar Rodney HS in Camden, Del., where he was coached by Dicky Howell ... Ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 145-pound weight class as a junior in the final 2006-07 rankings by InterMat ... Was one of only five juniors ranked in the top 20 ... Enters the 2007-08 season ranked No. 3 in the nation at the 152-pound weight class by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 5 in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine ... Ranked as the No. 9 wrestler in the nation at any weight class by RevWrestling.com ... Two-time FILA cadet freestyle national champion, winning the distinction in 2005 and in 2007 ... Won the Beast of the East and Walsh Ironman Tournaments ... Compiled a 39-0 record as a junior and recorded a 20-5 tech fall victory in the Delaware 145-pound state title match ... Delaware state champion as a freshman after compiling a 42-2 record on the year ... Recruited by all of the nation’s top programs, including offers from Iowa State, Ohio State and Nebraska, among others.
Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith on Alex Meade: “Alex Meade is very explosive. He’s still developing into the wrestler he wants to become and his style will fit in well here. We can progress him rather quickly. I was very excited when I watched him wrestle the first time. He’s a guy who is on the attack and maintains the attack from start to finish.”
High School: Attends Easton HS, where he is coached by Steve Powell ... 2007 freestyle junior national champion ... Ranked No. 2 in the nation at the 125-pound weight class entering the 2007-08 season by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 3 in the nation in the preseason by W.I.N. Magazine ... Ranked No. 3 in the nation in last year’s InterMat all-class rankings and was the No. 1 junior in those rankings ... Ranked as the No. 7 wrestler in the nation at any weight class by RevWrestling.com ... Took second at the Pennsylvania state meet as a freshman before winning the event as a sophomore and again as a junior ... Finished his sophomore season a perfect 48-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally at his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat. He also was voted the outstanding wrestler in the Class AAA state tournament ... Named 2005-06 Express-Times Wrestler of the Year, becoming only the third sophomore ever to win the award ... Went 46-1 as a junior and owns a 136-5 high school record entering his senior year.
Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith on Jordan Oliver: “Jordan Oliver is the type of guy who lives on the wrestling mat and you love to see at student-athlete like that, spending a lot of his waking time on the mat. He is following in the footsteps of the last Pennsylvania kid to come here in Coleman Scott. Our past and future in Pennsylvania is very positive. Jordan is very technical and is very smart when he competes. What I like most about him is that he never fears competition. He will go wherever the competition is and that excites me about him.”
Forney, Texas/Bishop Lynch
High School: Attends Bishop Lynch HS in Dallas, where he is coached by Kenny Monday ... Part of the same Bishop Lynch pipeline that has produced five current members of the Oklahoma State wrestling team ... Ranked 12th in the nation and third among all juniors at 152 pounds in the final 2006-07 InterMat rankings ... Enters his senior season ranked No. 6 in the nation at 152 pounds by W.I.N. Magazine and ranked 10th in the 160-pound weight class in the Amateur Wrestling News preseason rankings ... Finished third at the 2006 Beast of the East Tournament.
Personal: Johnny Koepp is the son of Steve and Debbie Silver and the brother of current Oklahoma State freshman Luke Silver.
Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith on Johnny Koepp: “Johnny has been consistent in where he finishes in the elite tournaments and is due for a breakthrough. He’s got a great upside to him that will need to be developed. He’s a great athlete who is playing football right now and putting up big numbers as a running back. He comes from a great coaching staff at Bishop Lynch with Kenny Monday there.”
High School: Attends Weatherford HS in Weatherford, Okla., where he is coached by Mike Carmin ... Ranked No. 4 in the nation at the 215-pound weight class in the W.I.N. Magazine preseason rankings and is fourth by Amateur Wrestling News ... Took sixth at the 2007 USA freestyle junior national championships ... 2006 state champion wrestling at 189 pounds ... State runner-up at 189 pounds in 2007.
Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith on Tyson Yoder: “Having Tyson Yoder join us definitely gives us the ability to have more depth at the upper weights. He’s a late bloomer who’s getting better and better. He turned in an All-America performance at nationals and it’s always nice to pick up another Oklahoma kid. We look to have him wrestling at 197 in the future.”