STILLWATER – Oklahoma State wrestling head coach John Smith announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday. Jalin Harper, Anthony Montalvo and Travis Wittlake will join the Cowboys in the fall of 2018.
“This class was about signing some 165 to 174 pounders for the future, and I’m very pleased with it,” Smith said. “It’s an exciting class. I’m looking forward to having them here. I think it takes care of our needs as we look toward the future.”
A two-time Cadet World qualifier and 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist, Travis Wittlake is set to make his way to Stillwater in 2018 after his signing on Wednesday. During his prep career, Wittlake has racked up an impressive resume, including multiple national and state titles. The Coos Bay, Ore., product is a top-five prospect on FloWrestling’s Big Board for the 2018 class.
“Wittlake from Oregon is a two-time Cadet World qualifier and those are the kinds of guys we want,” Smith said. He’s a World bronze medalist and has a very impressive career at his high school. We’re very excited about having him in our program.”
Anthony Montalvo, a Clovis, Calif., native, is coming off his first California state championship in March. Currently wrestling at 182 pounds, Montalvo is ranked No. 6 nationally by FloWrestling in the class and No. 54 overall. The future Cowboy is a two-time champion at the Doc Buchanan Invitational and has helped lead Buchanan High School to two-straight California state team titles.
“Montalvo wrestles for a great program and we’ve seen a lot of development from him in the last year,” Smith said. That’s one of the reasons we chose to go after him and we see him being the biggest in this class, as far as size.”
Hailing from Manhattan, Kan., Harper enters his senior season looking for his second-straight state championship after claiming the 6A 152-pound title in February. A Manhattan High School product, Harper boasts second and third-place finishes at the state championships to go along with last year’s title. A multi-sport athlete, he has also been a standout on the football field this season.
“Harper from Kansas is a multi-sport athlete and we see a big upside for him in his wrestling when he gets the chance to focus on that only,” Smith said. “He’ll be a great addition to our program.”
Gallagher-Iba Arena will host a top-10 matchup this Sunday at 5 p.m., as the third-ranked Cowboys host No. 6 Minnesota. Tickets are available online at okstate.com/tickets or by phone at 877-ALL-4-OSU.