Oklahoma Wesleyan University under leadership of head coach, Tom Carr, has put together a recruiting class that will be ready to take to the mat for the OKWU Eagles.
The Eagles, who qualified two for the NAIA national tournament last season, bring in 11 new faces who will be competing for starting positions.
Most noticeably is Maxximus Martinez from Gilroy, California. Martinez comes from a nationally ranked Gilroy program that is coached by Oklahoma State Wrestling legend and UFC Hall of Fame member, Daniel Cormier.
Under Cormier, Martinez was ranked as high as #2 in the nation at 145lbs. Other credentials include USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle Champion, 2x 3rd place CA state tournament, UWW Cadet Freestyle world team trials runner up, USA Wrestling Cadet National Team Member, 3rd Greco Roman Wrestling at USA Wrestling Junior Nationals, Junior duals freestyle 5-0 Formally ranked #2 in the country at 145lbs.
Look for Martinez to make an immediate impact, who we believe is the highest ranked recruit at a non DI program. Coach Carr has made a nice pipeline into the Gilroy program with three on the roster last season and two with the current recruiting class.
Coach Carr has also brought in a very good crop of in-state talent. Let’s take a look:
- James Peach – Pryor, OK – has transferred from Carl Albert State College. A two-time state placer, he was a state finalist for the Tigers.
- John Lowery – Grove, OK – 2x Oklahoma state qualifier, 2023 academic state champ, 2023 powerlifting state champion
- Braxton Bacon – Owasso, OK – 3rd in 6A, All State Selection, two-time Regional Champion, three time state qualifier
- Christian Seebold – Tuttle, OK by way of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Out of state talent, excluding Martinez include:
- Bryan Ayala – State Qualifier from Washington
- Mitchel Duncan – Caney Valley, KS
- Noah Van Foeken – Eudora, KS
- Jerome Cannon – Graduate Transfer – 3rd in Delaware, 4X Sooner Athletic Conference Place Winner
- Daniel Glen – Gilroy, CA – With the strength of the Gilroy Program Daniel was an unsung hero but he has placed and competed well in many of the toughest west coast tournaments.
- Chase Nerenberg – Peachtree City, GA – Georgia State Qualifier, Sectional Finalist