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Mastrogiovanni, Voinovich highlight OSU's fall signees

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John Smith during the No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Pittsburgh wrestling dual on January 18, 2020 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

The rich get richer.

Coach John Smith is putting together a talented 2021-22 recruiting class, with five wrestlers signing National Letters of Intent, including two top-15 recruits during the fall signing period.

Travis Mastrogiovanni from Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey, is the No. 9 overall recruit in the class and will join his brother Trevor Mastrogiovanni, who is a freshman for the Cowboys.

Victor Voinovich III is the No. 15 overall recruit, and the second overall at his 152-pound weight class. Voinovich, a Brecksville, Ohio, native won an Ohio state championship as a freshman and placed third his sophomore year.

He is a three-time All-American in Fargo, placing third in back-to-back years and most recently as a runner-up. He also placed seventh in the UWW Juniors Freestyle Tournament, wrestling in the 65-kg class.

The No. 82 recruit, Teague Travis, also joins the Cowboys.

He is a two-time Missouri state champion and moved to Stillwater to wrestle in his senior season for the Pioneers.

This is a big recruiting win for Smith, bringing Travis to Stillwater rather than leaving him in Columbia to wrestle for the University of Missouri, where Travis’s father wrestled.

Cooper Birdwell, out of Lewistown, Montana joins the Cowboys with a 134-0 record and three Montana state championships and is aiming for a fourth this season. Birdwell is 126 pounds and will be the second Montanan on the Cowboys roster, joining Chance McLane.

Pawnee native Blake Skidgel rounds out the team’s signing class. Skidgel won the Class 3A championship at 160 pounds as a junior for Pawnee and placed fourth as a sophomore wrestling at 152 pounds.

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