Fresno State Wrestling Taking Shape

As the Football season gets ever so close, Fresno State Wrestling program begins to take shape. Coach Steiner continues to hit the recruiting trail and has added the first few wrestlers to a returning program and is on the cusp of adding more.

Coach Steiner Started off by adding Isaiah Hokit. Isaiah is joining Fresno State by a way of transfer from Drexel University. Isaiah was a highly ranked wrestler in the state of CA in each of the 4 years when he competed for Clovis high. Once he arrives he’ll be competing for the Bulldogs at the 157-pound weight class. Hokit wasn’t the only transfer making his way to Fresno State. Also joining the team via transfer from Utah Valley University is his former Clovis High teammate Khristian Olivas.

Olivas Redshirted the 2015-16 season for the Wolverines and was a two-time CIF state placer, 2015 All-American, and also played football while at Clovis High. Both Hokit and Olivas helped Clovis High School to four straight CIF State Championships and also helped Clovis to a 2015 California State team point record. Olivas looks to compete at the 149-pound weight class for Fresno State. With the addition of Hokit and Olivas Fresno State is off to a hot start building a roster and giving instant credibility to a wrestling program getting ready to return.

But things didn’t stop there. Coach Steiner was also able to get a commitment from another outstanding recruit. Steiner recruited and received a commitment from Isaiah Hokit’s younger brother Josh Hokit. Josh originally committed to Drexel, but instead will become a member of the Fresno State Wrestling Program in the fall of 2017. Hokit ended the 2015-16 season ranked No. 6 at 182 pounds. According to sources Josh Hokit may even be competing to join the Fresno State Football team.

Just as things looked to quiet down Steiner makes another splash by getting a commitment from another high profile recruit by the name of Jacob Wright out of Dinuba High. Wright becomes the first Division I wrestler ever to ever come out of Dinuba. Wright is projected to compete at the 141/149-pound weight class for Fresno State. He’s  currently ranked No. 56 overall in the Class of 2017 and finished second in the state tournament this past season at 138-pounds. With Wright expected to sign a National Letter of Intent in November coach steiner hopes to continue the momentum by recruiting State of California hard.

Steiner has been busy recruiting other local talents which include Justin Mejia of Clovis High which shows that Steiner is committed to recruiting the Valley which is a hotbed for wrestling and produces star after star every year.

Justin Mejia was ranked as high as number 2 last season and finished with a 38 - 0 record and winning a state championship.

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