Adding to its list of talent for the 2005 recruiting class, Oklahoma head wrestling coach Jack Spates announced Wednesday the inclusion of six more recruits from the likes of Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Brad Farmer, Sean Glassel, Tyler Rhodes, Will Rowe, Chas Skelly and Travis West will join four previously signed wrestlers from the fall to complete the program’s latest class of newcomers.
The 10 new Sooner additions own 15 state championships and two national titles between them. The new recruiting class will join an OU squad that boasted two Big 12 Champions, four All-Americans and four NCAA finishers last season and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
“We are real excited about this class,” Spates said. “It is well-balanced and full of outstanding talent in the particular weight classes we needed. This class will keep us among the elite and allow us to compete for national championships. They are good kids and excellent students who our fans will enjoy getting to know and watch in the next few years.”
The following is a brief look (in alphabetical order) at the Sooners 2005 class.
Brad Farmer, Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage H.S.) - Projected at Heavyweight for the Sooners ... Captured the Washington state championship as a senior ... 2004 all-district and All-State ... Never scored on as a senior ... Placed third in state championships during his junior campaign ... All-Region as a junior and senior ... Also played defensive tackle and offensive tackle for football team ... Earned 2004 second-team All-Region honors in football.
“Brad looks to contend for a starting position,” Spates said.
Sean Glassel, Woodlands, Texas (Woodlands H.S.) - Projected to compete at 141 pounds for the Sooners ... Three-time Freestyle State Champion ... Named District MVP four consecutive years ... Runner-up at the Texas state championships in 2004 ... Texas State Champion as a junior ... Regional Wrestler of the Year in 2003 and 2004 ... Captured a Cliff Keen National Championship.
“A ferocious worker and competitor, Sean is also an outstanding student,” Spates commented. “Off the mat, he bears a resemblance to current Sooner grappler Joe Comparin. Sean projects to be a four-year 141 pounder who has a great future.”
Tyler Rhodes, Mountain View, Wyo. (Northwest Wyoming Junior College) - Projected at Heavyweight for the Sooners ... Won two National Titles at Northwest Wyoming Junior College ... Owned a record of 30-4 during his sophomore campaign ... Went undefeated against junior college competition ... Two-time state and regional champion at Mountain View High School ... Also a three-time All-State football player at offensive and defensive tackle.
“He is a relentless competitor and will contend immediately for the starting position,” Spates said.
Will Rowe, Arlington, Texas (Lamar H.S.) - Projected 157 pounder for the Sooners ... Claimed two Texas state championship titles ... Finished as the runner-up at the High School Nationals.
“He impressed everyone with his brilliant technique and great conditioning at High School Nationals,” Spates commented. “He’s expected to contend immediately for the starting slot.”
Chas Skelly, Azle, Texas (Missouri Baptist University) - Projected at 141-149 pounds for the Sooners ... Transferred from Missouri Baptist University where he won over 20 matches in only one year ... Beat the Division II national champion while at Missouri Baptist ... An outstanding athlete in high school ... Won the Texas State High School Championship in 2003 ... A Two-time Texas state runner-up.
“Chas is an extremely dangerous competitor that is expected to challenge at 141 and 149 pounds,” Spates said.
Travis West, Coppell, Texas (Coppell H.S.) - Projected 174 pounder for the Sooners ... Captured the Texas state championship at 160 pounds his senior year ... Named an Honorable Mention All-American by Wrestling USA magazine ... State runner-up as a junior ... Was a four-time District Champion and state qualifier ... Captured two regional titles.
“He’s a brilliant student and fierce competitor,” Spates commented. “He projects to be a 174 pounder and will look to contend for a starting position with a red shirting possibility.”