OU Wrestling Class Among Elite
July 07, 2009

July 7, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team’s 2009 recruiting class continued to gain recognition Tuesday, as the class was notched in the top three in two national rankings. The Sooners landed at No. 2 overall according to The Open Mat and third by InterMat.

“We are really excited about this class and for the fact that major wrestling publications have recognized the excellence of the group,” OU head coach Jack Spates said. “Some of the men have already arrived on campus and are eager to return the program to its storied excellence.”

The 11-member class is highlighted by five commitments in InterMat’s Top 100, led by No. 7 Jake Kememer of Hempfield, Pa. Twins Matt and Nick Lester out of Eureka, Mo., are slated 18th and 86th overall, respectfully. Alex Ekstrom from Palmyra-Macedon, N.Y., ranks 28th and No. 46 Tyler Caldwell from Goddard, Kan., complete the ranked group.

Additionally, Oklahoma picked up two commitments from wrestlers ranked in the top 15 in their respective weight classes. The class combined to win 24 state championships, spanning seven states across the country.

The Open Mat described the Sooner program as gaining “A bona fide No. 1 (Kememer) and several more within the top eight in the country at their respective weights. That’s a ton of talent, and most of them have significant national credentials. This class could contribute the bulk of their starters for years to come.”

  The Open Mat Team Rankings 

1.  Oklahoma State
2.  Oklahoma
3.  Nebraska
4.  Minnesota
5.  Penn State
6.  Iowa
7.  Michigan
8.  Cornell
9.  Virginia
10.  Oregon State
11.  Ohio State
12.  Wisconsin
13.  Illinois
14.  North Carolina State
15.  Wyoming
16.  Stanford
17.  Lehigh
18.  Virginia Tech
19.  Boise State
20.  Missouri
21.  Old Dominion
22.  Purdue
23.  Indiana
24.  Columbia
25.  Bucknell

  Intermat Team Rankings

1.  Oklahoma State
2.  Minnesota
3.  Oklahoma
4.  Nebraska
5.  Iowa
6.  Penn State
7.  Virginia
8.  Virginia Tech
9.  Michigan
10.  Ohio State
11.  Old Dominion
12.  Purdue
13.  Illinois
14.  Cal Poly
15.  Missouri
16.  Stanford
17.  Wisconsin
18.  Cornell
19.  Boise State
20.  Wyoming
21.  Columbia
22.  North Carolina State
23.  Indiana
24.  West Virginia
25.  Lehigh

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