The Oklahoma State wrestling team will face off against Drexel and No. 6 Lehigh this weekend.
True freshman Reece Witcraft, who is coming off an OCU title, has secured a spot in coach John Smith’s lineup.
All signs point to Witcraft wrestling in No. 10 OSU's opening duels.
In his first action as a college wrestler, Witcraft went 4-0 on his way to a title at 133 pounds. He totalled 26 team points, which was the second most of any OSU wrestler. He defeated Paul Bianchi of Arkansas Little Rock 14-4 in the title match.
Before the tournament, there were still questions as to whether or not he would redshirt as a true freshman. But with a title under his belt, Witcraft has proven his worth.
While Witcraft has earned himself a spot in the lineup, OSU could be without four of its projected starters this weekend.
NEO transfer Alex Kauffman won the OCU open at 197 and was in line to be the Cowboys' starter at the weight. However, coach John Smith announced that Kauffman had been suspended on Wednesday for breaking team rules and would miss the weekend’s duels.
It is unclear who Smith will have start at 197, but he's hinted at it being either Dakota Geer or Anthony Montalvo with the other starting at 184.
The three projected starters absent from the OCU open were Joe Smith, Kaden Gfeller and Neal Putnam.
The trio missed the tournament because of academic issues, and in Putnam’s case. it will keep him in Stillwater this weekend.
“There are some things you need to do before you wrestle, and one of them’s school,” Smith said. “Sometimes we need to be reminded why we’re here.”
Smith said that both Gfeller and Joe Smith will still travel with the team and could compete in the duels.
At heavyweight, redshirt sophomore Austin Harris will be the starter for the weekend.
Harris injury-forfeited out of the OCU open, but Smith said that it was merely a precautionary measure to ensure that he would be healthy for Drexel.