Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wrestling: Rosselli Announces First Signing Class

Oklahoma head wrestling coach Lou Rosselli announced Monday the signing of eight wrestlers to National Letters of Intent. The first-year head coach secured seven top-100 signees to his first class.

“This class is really important to me because it’s our first class," Rosselli said. "It’s a time we can grow together and do the things we want to do. They’ll get a great education and hopefully we can hold up our end and make them excellent wrestlers as well. It’s important for us to get off on the right foot, and I think we got some of the right guys. We’re excited for them to get here and get to work.”
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JAKE BOYD

Smithville, Mo. (Smithville HS)
2016 Cadet Nationals Freestyle Champion at 195 pounds
Also a finalist in Greco Roman at the 2016 Cadet Nationals
2016 Missouri State Champion
Ranked No. 6 at 195 pounds by Flo
No. 60-overall recruit for the class of 2017

OU Assistant Coach Michael Lightner on Jake:

“He’s a football player, a multi-sport athlete. He’s got extremely good grade, and everything we hear on him is that he enjoys putting the work in. Looking at his athletic ability we think he has great potential to succeed at this level. He’s powerful and he goes out there and pushes guys around the mat. With the technique he’ll get at OU he can really improve.”

DOMONICK DEMAS

Columbus, Ohio (Dublin HS)
2015 Ohio State Champion
2016 Ohio State Runner-Up
Cadet Greco Roman World-Team member
Ranked No. 3 at 145 pounds by Flo
No. 27-overall recruit in the 2017 class
OU Head Coach Lou Rosselli on Domonick:

“Dom is a 141-149 pounder and is really athletic. He’s beaten a couple of the top guys ahead of him, and he has some characteristics about him that make him tough to wrestle. He can throw a little bit His talent level is definitely enough to be very successful here at either of those weight classes. Because he can throw he’s dangerous. I really like his ability and he’s been successful at the national level. I’m excited about him.”

KYLE LAWSON

Colombus, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty HS)
Three-time Ohio State Champion
Two-time Ironman placer
Ranked No. 10 at 170 pounds by Flo
No. 40-overall recruit for the class of 2017
OU Head Coach Lou Rosselli on Kyle:

“Kyle is going for his fourth state title this year. He’s a great top wrestler from a great program. He came from Graham to Liberty, and he brings a lot to the table. I think he’s going to contribute at 157 for us.”

TANNER LITTERELL

Tuttle, Okla. (Tuttle HS)
Three-time Oklahoma State Champion
Three-time NHSCA Champion
Ranked No. 5 at 138 pounds by Flo
No. 32-overall recruit in the class of 2017
OU Assistant Coach Michael Lightner on Tanner:

“He’s a good student and a hard-working wrestler. He has a lot of upside and a lot of wrestling ability. We’re expecting him to challenge for a starting spot right away. He’s a good mat wrestler. He’s good on top and he’s just got a lot of natural ability.”

ANTHONY MANTANONA

Palm Desert, Calif. (Palm Desert HS)
Two-time California State Championships placer, including a runner-up finish
2016 FloNationals Champion
2016 Junior Greco Roman Champion
Ranked No. 9 at 170 pounds by Flo
No. 42-overall recruit in the 2017 class

OU Assistant Coach Keith Gavin on Anthony:

“Anthony is an ultra-talented guy from California. He’s a FloNational Champ, and if you watch him wrestle it’s definitely fun to watch.”

MATT WADDELL

Gilmer, Ga. (Gilmer HS)
Two-time Georgia State Champion
Junior Nationals All-American
Placed third at the 2016 NHSCA Junior Nationals
Sixth-place finisher at the 2016 Super 32 Challenge
Ranked No. 9 at 183 pounds by Intermat
No. 85-overall recruit by Intermat
OU Head Coach Lou Rosselli on Matt:

“Matt is a 184 pounder and he’ll fit in well. He’s an All-American at Fargo and he should come in and do well for us. We’re definitely excited to have him. Hopefully he can come in and make an impact right away.”

CONNOR WEBB

Davis, Okla. (Davis HS)
Two-time Oklahoma State Champion
OU Assistant Coach Michael Lightner on Connor:

“Connor is a multi-sport athlete, so once he starts focusing 100 percent on wrestling he’s got a lot of upside and potential. He’s a heavyweight, and we’re in need for that weight. We also expect him to come in and get mat time right away. Most of the feedback that we get on Connor is that he’s an extremely hard worker.”

JAKE WOODLEY

Pittsburgh, Penn. (North Alleghany HS)
Pennsylvania State Champion
Three-time Fargo All-American
Ranked No. 11 at 195 pounds by Flo
No. 70-overall recruit in the class of 2017
OU Assistant Coach Keith Gavin on Jake:

“Jake is a hard-working kid from Pennsylvania. He’s a great student. I’ve known Jake for a while. He’s from an area I’m very familiar with since I went to Pitt. He’s the kind of guy we want in this program as far as the culture we’re trying to build and the work ethic that we like to say.”


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