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Several Wrestling Prospects Visit for Missouri State Game

A lot of in-state wrestling standouts were at BPS this weekend.

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A number of wrestling recruits were in Stillwater on Saturday to watch the Cowboys and the Missouri State Bears, and here’s a quick rundown of a few of the wrestlers OSU is trying to get to Stillwater to become future Cowboys.

Sam Smith — I like the Cowboys chances here, but Stillwater product and 6A State Champion Sam Smith was at the game on Saturday as a part of his unofficial visit. Sam’s dad is, of course, six-time World/Olympic Champion and Oklahoma State head coach John Smith. Sam is a high school junior.

Cutter Sheets — Another Oklahoma State legacy who visited this past weekend is Cutter Sheets. Sheets is the son of NCAA Champion Mike Sheets and the younger brother of All-American Wyatt Sheets. Cutter was a state placer at Stilwell High School.

Cael Hughes — Cael Hughes is an absolute hammer and many argue is the top high school junior in the state of Oklahoma. Cael is a two-time state champion and double Cadet Fargo Champion. Willie Saylor has Cael as the No. 23 prospect overall in the 2023 class. Luckily for Oklahoma State fans, Hughes is a Stillwater native, giving the Cowboys a strong connection and chance to keep Hughes close to home for college.

Jersey Robb — A large number of the recruits that were in this weekend were local, and the one school that knocked off the state champion Stillwater squad was Bixby. They have two nationally ranked recruits, and one of them is two-sport star, Jersey Robb. Robb is an upper-weight prospect, winning state last season over OU freshman Tate Picklo. Robb is also a big part of the Bixby football program. Maybe the heir to AJ Ferrari’s spot? Robb ranks as the No. 29 prospect in the MatScout 2023 recruiting class rankings.

Zach Blankenship — Another two-sport star out of Bixby is state champion Zach Blankenship. All the way around, Zach is an unbelievable kid. If you talk to just about anyone in the wrestling community that knows him or his family, he’s truly one of the more well-respected kids I’ve come across while covering this sport. Zach has a 4.7 GPA and is the president of his senior class at Bixby. My favorite thing about him? He warms up for all of his sports in a Barry Sanders jersey.

AJ Heeg — Heeg is another upper-weight prospect that actually wrestled last season at 152 for Edmond Memorial. Heeg is originally from Illinois, but the family moved to Oklahoma last year. Heeg won a 6A state title over the youngest Ferrari brother at 152. He jumped from there to competing the freestyle summer at 195. Ranked No. 31 in Willie Saylor’s MatScout Rankings, Heeg is one the Cowboys would like to keep in state.

Anthony Ferrari — One of the last recruits I’ll cover here that made a visit this weekend is the younger brother of AJ Ferrari. He is already committed to wrestle for the Cowboys, and will almost certainly follow in his brother’s footsteps to attend college at OSU. But, he did make a “visit” this weekend for the game.

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