May 1, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head wrestling coach Mark Cody recently announced the signing of Shayne Tucker and Sean Williams, both of California, who will join the OU program as freshmen for the 2013-14 season.
“We felt it was important to break into the state of California because of the quality of wrestlers in the state,” Cody said. “Shayne Tucker and Sean Williams are perfect fit for our program. They are both very talented and will not have a problem living up to the standards that we hold for our student-athletes. I tip my hat to Coach (Jared) Frayer for beating the bushes and finding two more outstanding recruits for OU Wrestling.”
Tucker, from Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, Calif., is a two-time California state runner-up and a three-time California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion. Tucker finished his senior campaign with a 43-4 record was ranked as the No. 1 wrestler in California at 152 pounds according to The California Wrestler, and was ranked in the top 15 in the country at that weight class. Amateur Wrestling News named him the 66th-overall recruit nationally. Tucker placed second in the state at 138 pounds as a junior and was fourth in the 130-pound class as a sophomore.
Williams hails from Lemoore High School in Lemoore, Calif. He also claimed a California runner-up title in his senior season when he defeated Zahid Valencia of St. John Bosco High School in the state semifinals. Valencia was ranked as the No.1 wrestler in the country at 113 pounds. Williams was ranked No. 3 in the state in his weight class by The California Wrestler. Williams narrowly lost the state title bout at 113 pounds in overtime.