Signing day brings bright future for Cowboy wrestling

GIA wrestling crowd

A sellout crowd of 13,811 fills Gallgher-Iba Arena in Stillwater for the Oklahoma State vs Iowa wrestling dual. 

Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith signed one of the best classes in his tenure in 2019.

The Cowboys have the No.1 class in the nation, according to FloWrestling, headlined by the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked wrestlers overall in AJ Ferrari and Dustin Plott.

Here is a summary of all seven wrestlers (and their projected weight class) who have committed to OSU.

AJ Ferrari, 285 pounds, Allen, Texas

Ferrari is one of the highest rated recruits in the past few years.  He is the top-ranked recruit of this class on almost every board and is projected as a heavyweight for the Cowboys.

Ferrari fills a major need at heavyweight. Derek White graduated last season and given Ferrari’s talent, it appears he could start right away for the Cowboys.

Dustin Plott, 184 pounds, Tuttle, Oklahoma

Behind Ferrari, Plott is the second rated overall recruit in the 2020 class.  Plott has several impressive victories on his resume, including a victory against an Ohio State wrestler during his sophomore in high school.

Plott is projected to be a 184 pounder for OSU and could help fill the gap that Joe Smith and Dakota Geer will leave in the next couple of seasons.

Trevor Mastrogiovanni, 125 pounds, Blair Academy, New Jersey

Trevor Mastrogiovanni is the No. 11 recruit in the country, which gives OSU three of the top 11 recruits overall. 

Mastrogiovanni comes to OSU by way of Blair Academy in New Jersey. He has won several high-profile matches and will no doubt be a contributor for the Cowboys.

Jakason Burks, 133 pounds, Omaha, Nebraska

Burks is the No. 20 overall recruit in the nation. He will likely wrestle at 133 pounds once Kaid Brock graduates or Daton Fix moves down to 125.

He has won two Nebraska state championships at 106 and 120 pounds, respectively.  Burks was also a part of the 2018 Cadet world team. 

Luke Surber, 174 pounds, Tuttle, Oklahoma

Luke Surber, who comes from the same high school as Plott, is the No. 28 ranked recruit in this class.  Although Plott is the higher-ranked wrestler of the two, Surber is a great wrestler in his own right.

Surber is a bonus-point machine and routinely pins his opponents.  Together, he and Plott have led Tuttle to multiple state championships in Oklahoma.

At the college level, Surber projects as a 174 pounder for the Cowboys.

Konner Doucet, 285 pounds, Comanche, Oklahoma

Konner Doucet is another big in-state get for coach John Smith.  Doucet has won three state championships and will be going for his fourth this year.

Alongside Ferrari, Doucet will help to fill a much-needed spot at 197 or heavyweight. He is projected to wrestle at heavyweight, but that could change based on the Cowboys’ needs at different spots. 

Alexander Yokubaitis, 125 pounds, Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Similar to Doucet, Yokubaitis has won three state titles out of his home state of Louisiana. 

Yokubaitis will help fill a lower weight spot and will help with the Cowboys’ depth at 125.

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