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OSU Wrestling: David Taylor Names Bryan Pearsall as Recruiting Coordinator

‘There is a high standard of success in Stillwater’



[Courtesy of OSU Athletics]

New Oklahoma State wrestling coach David Taylor added a former teammate to his first coaching staff.

Taylor announced Friday that Bryan Pearsall will join the Cowboy Wrestling staff as recruiting coordinator. Taylor and Pearsall were teammates at Penn State, where Pearsall was a four-year starter and a part of three NCAA championship teams in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the next chapter of Oklahoma State Wrestling,” Pearsall said in OSU’s release. “I believe in Coach Taylor and his vision for the program and know that I can contribute towards Cowboy Wrestling reaching new heights. There is a high standard of success in Stillwater, home of the most decorated Division-I wrestling program in history. We aim to raise those standards and act accordingly every single day. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Most recently, Pearsall was an assistant and associate head coach at Penn since 2017.  He was on staff at Army West Point from 2014 to 2017 before moving to Penn. Pearsall’s college coaching career started at Rutgers, where he was during the 2013-14 season as part of the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club.

Pearsall is Taylor’s third addition to his coach staff since taking over May 6. Taylor named Jimmy Kennedy as associate head coach and Thomas Gilman as an assistant only three days after being announced as OSU’s wrestling coach. Former Cowboy wrestler Daton Fix will also still be around the program, but his exact role still hasn’t been announced. 

Last season, former OSU wrestler Gary Wayne Harding served as the Cowboys’ recruiting coordinator after Tyler Caldwell was promoted from the role to assistant coach. Caldwell had been recruiting coordinator since 2017 and was the first recruiting coordinator to ever serve under John Smith.

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