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Cowboy Wrestling: Edinboro’s Dakota Geer Transferring to Oklahoma State

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The Cowboys picked up a big time transfer today that may help solidify the top half of the lineup the next few years with NCAA qualifier and EIWA champ Dakota Geer.

Geer was big name recruit out of high school as a Pennsylvania state champ and two-time Flo-nationals champ. He was ranked most of his senior season as the top 182-pounder in the country.

Geer wrestled as a true freshman, had a thirty win season and qualified for the NCAA tournament where he won two matches. He opted to redshirt last year as a sophomore, but prior to his decision to redshirt he was the preseason No. 9 ranked wrestler at 184 pounds last year. He has wins and higher tournament finishes over a few All-Americans from last year. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining and will not be required to sit out a year. He is eligible to start immediately.

In this video here you can catch a few clips of him giving fits to two time OSU All-American Nolan Boyd at about the six minute mark. Geer was ranked 18th in the country at the time.

The head coach at Edinboro was recently hired on at WVU, and with the move Geer now heads to Stillwater.

184 was a weight under some scrutiny for OSU this year. Coach John Smith hinted early in the year he contemplated removing starter Keegan Moore from the team. Eventually there was a bit of a battle to start here. Moore was the starter most of the year with Andrew Marsden getting the nod at times as he tried to make the weight cut down from 197. Many questioned Moore’s gas tank and effort, but he ultimately seemed to sort it all out by the Big 12 tournament and wrestled well there and in the last few weeks of the regular season. He qualified for the NCAA tournament and at the NCAA’s he went two and out and didn’t win a match.

Geer could definitely be the Cowboy starter at 184 and have big impact on the team next year and going forward. Simply based on his resume and wins, he looks like he’ll have a legit shot to be an All-American as a sophomore. The following year most of the top guys in that weight class graduate and he could eventually be a contender to make the NCAA finals.

The Cowboys have also had some health issues at 197 and Geer could bump up a weight and make an impact there.

There eventually could be a bit of a logjam with some of the freshman coming in now, but that’s a great problem for the Cowboys to have that I’m sure they’ll be glad to sort out.

This next year there are a number of lineups the Cowboys could send out with the depth they have but this transfer assures that pretty much no matter what lineup they send out they’ll have an All-American caliber wrestler at every single weight. Penn State will still be the favorite to win the NCAA tournament next year, but this makes it a bit more interesting. The Cowboys have one or two guys wrestle a little over their heads this year, and they could pull off the upset.

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