OSU Wrestling Signs Three

STILLWATER, Okla. (OSU Athletics - www.okstate.com) — John Smith had needs to fill in his 2006 recruiting class with the departure of one of the most successful senior classes in school history, which won five individual championships, had nine All-American finishes and won four team titles; and he believes he met those needs with the signing of three high school seniors.

Dakotah Simpson, Carl Hines and Landon Harris were all multiple state champions and the three wrestlers combined to go 121-1 during their senior years. Simpson and Hines are local recruits hailing from Cushing and Bristow, respectively, while Harris will come to Stillwater from Sugar City, Idaho.

Simpson was a three-time state champion at Cushing High School wrestling in three different weight classes over his career. Simpson went 40-1 in the 152-pound weight class on the way to his third state title.

Hines went a perfect 39-0 at Bristow High School. He has won the last two state championships at 215 pounds. Hines is currently ranked seventh in his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News.

Harris is the fifth-ranked heavyweight in the country, according to Amateur Wrestling News. He is a two-time state champion in Idaho and has a career record of 120-5. Harris has posted an 11-1 record with 11 falls in the state tournament over the last three years. The last recruit Smith signed out of Idaho was Jake Rosholt who went on to be a three-time NCAA champion.

The three new recruits will join the five the Cowboys signed in November and will be on campus in the fall of 2006.

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