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Oklahoma State Wrestler AJ Ferrari Involved in Car Accident

Ferrari was flown to Oklahoma City, but his injuries are “not life-threatening.”



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

Oklahoma State national champion wrestler AJ Ferrari was involved in a car accident Monday.

Ferrari’s father, AJ Ferrari Sr., shared a post on Facebook on Monday. An OSU spokesperson told PFB the university was “aware of the situation.”

“Everyone please get on your knees and pray for AJ Jr.,” Ferrari Sr. wrote. “I have no details but he got into a bad wreck.”

Ferrari was in Cushing on Monday, making an appearance at a youth practice.

He won a national championship as a true freshman last season at 197 pounds, becoming the third true freshman in program history to win a national title. He went 20-1 in his true freshman season. Ferrari is the No. 1 wrestler at 197 pounds this season and is 10-0 on the year, having most recently defeated Lehigh’s JT Davis on Sunday via major decision.


Ferrari was flown to OU Medical in Oklahoma City, where his brother, Anthony, provided an update in a Snapchat obtained by The O’Colly‘s Adam Engel.

“Nothing broken on him they said and he will be okay,” Anthony wrote. “Thank you for your prayers everyone.”


OSU Athletics releases a statement late Monday night regarding the situation, and most importantly, clarifying that Ferrari’s injuries were “not life-threatening.” OSU All-American cross-country runner Isai Rodriguez was with Ferrari and is being treated for “minor injuries.”

“Oklahoma State wrestler A.J. Ferrari and runner Isai Rodriguez were involved in an auto accident at approximately 8 p.m. tonight as they were returning to Stillwater following an appearance at a youth wrestling practice in nearby Cushing,” OSU’s statement reads. “Ferrari was transported via helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital, where he is responsive. Ferrari’s injuries are not life-threatening. Rodriguez is being treated for minor injuries.

“According to law enforcement officials, there were no fatalities or serious injuries to anyone else involved in the accident.”

Ferrari’s father added an update on Facebook as well:

“Thank you everyone for your prayers,” Ferrari Sr. wrote. “They flew AJ to OU Medical Center. It looks like a miracle that he didn’t have anything broken or any long term head issues. He has fluid in his lungs that is affecting his oxygen levels and some bad bruising with some internal bleeding, so they are keeping him here. If you saw the car and AJ, you would know this was a miracle. Thank you to the Medics and police for their care. I am so thankful to our great and powerful God. All praise to Him! I sincerely thank everyone who prayed for AJ and reached out. Please continue to pray for his oxygen levels to get back to normal, the removal of the fluid on his lung and the internal bleeding to stop. GodisGreat!”


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the crash report late Monday night that states Ferrari struck a pickup truck head-on while trying to pass three cars in a no-passing zone just east of Perkins on State Highway 33. After hitting the vehicle, Ferrari’s car turned an unknown number of times, according to the report. The 56-year-old driver in the pickup truck was not injured.

PFB will update this post as more information becomes available.

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