Let's be real, Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith didn't expect to finish in 14th place at NCAAs last season.
So can they improve in 2023? Let's look at the lineup. . .
Who's Returning & Leaving?
Good news - most of OK State's team is returning, including 3X NCAA runner-up Daton Fix (133), 2021 finalist AJ Ferrari (197), and All-Americans Dustin Plott (174) and Travis Wittlake (165).
On top of those cowboys, NCAA qualifiers Trevor Mastrogiovanni (125) and Carter Young (141) are also returning.
As far as seniors leaving, 2022 NCAA qualifier Wyatt Sheets and 2X NCAA place winner Dakota Geer both graduated. Additionally, Kaden Gfeller is moving on from the Cowboys even though he has one year of eligibility remaining.
After the season ended, Anthony Montalvo announced his transferred to Arizona State (Sun Devils lineup here).
When Will Ferrari Start?
You may be as excited as me to see AJ Ferrari return to the mat right away. But, his devastating car accident has repercussions, including a surgery.
He appears to be out of his cast, lifting and training, and attending various WWE events with girls (via social media); however, I expect to see him ease back into competition. My guess is he starts with a few opens in 2022 and lets Gavin Stika start. Then Ferrari will make a full return in January 2023.
Top Starting Recruits
Oklahoma State's top recruit from 2021 is Victor Voinovich, a 2X Ohio State Champion from Brecksville. As the #15 overall recruit in 2021, he'll likely get the nod at 149.
Top 50 recruit Kyle Haas wrestled a perfect redshirt season (11-0) and will likely start at 184 lbs.
At 157, #23 recruit in 2022 Anthony Ferrari could start as a true freshman. However, veteran cowboys Jalin Harper (JR) and Chance McLane (SO) may be competition.
2023 Lineup Preview
This is my best guess at the top projected lineup for Oklahoma State.
- 125. Trevor Mastrogiovanni (NQ)
- 133. Daton Fix (2nd)
- 141. Carter Young (NQ)
- 149. Victor Voinovich
- 157. Anthony Ferrari
- 165. Travis Wittlake (4th, 2021)
- 174. Dustin Plott (6th)
- 184. Kyle Haas
- 197. AJ Ferrari (1st, 2021)
- 285. Luke Surber (NQ)
What to Expect
Based off of FloWrestling rankings, Oklahoma State can crack the top 10 again and improve from 2022. In fact, they'll likely battle for a top 5 finish at NCAAs.
Look for Oklahoma State to score around 60 points (an improvement from 38.5 last season). They may be competitive in the Big 12, but I think Mizzou has their number next season.
Where do you think they will finish in 2023? And are you watching Final X Stillwater on June 3 (Live on FloWrestling)?
Josiah Hritsko Wrestling Fan & Founder of Fanco Wrestling
Wrestling Fan & Founder of Fanco Wrestling
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