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Jakason Burks wrestles during Bedlam on Feb. 21 inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Photo Courtesy: Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

Jakason Burks will no longer wear the orange and black.

Burks, an Oklahoma State 125-pound freshman wrestler, joins Daniel Jezik, a freshman 174-pounder in the transfer portal, per Willie Saylor of Intermat. He has five years of eligibility remaining.

“Thank you OSU for all your support!” Burks said in a tweet. “I appreciate everything that I have gained this year and I hope you guys support my decision. Love.”

Prior to his arrival in Stillwater, Burks won two Nebraska state titles at Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska. He was also a member of the United States world team at the 2018 United World Wrestlers Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

As a Cowboy, Burks compiled a 6-2 record with one start — a 141-pound bout against Dom Demas of Oklahoma on Feb. 7. Burks was pinned in the second period.

A highly-touted lightweight, Burks was also recruited by Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State. His departure leaves Alexander Yokubatis and Colten Klein as the only true 125-pound backups to Trevor Mastrogiovanni, OSU’s starter.

125/133-pounders Cooper Birdwell, a four-time Montana state champion and Cade Nicholas of Stillwater will arrive in the fall.

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