While they’re away, OU should be led by 157-pounder Matt Lester, an NCAA qualifier last season, 165-pounder Bubby Graham, another NCAA qualifier, and heavyweight Keldrick Hall, an NCAA qualifier at 197 last year.
Hall could prove to be quite the headliner.
“As the season went on, he seemed to hit a little growth spurt. And, at 197, he had a hard time (making weight). In the summer, he was about 240.” Cody said. “He definitely is a top-five wrestler at heavyweight. The biggest thing is getting him to believe that.”
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Kyle Garcia, a four-time state champ from Choctaw will get the start at 125 pounds. Cody Brewer, a redshirt freshman and three-time Missouri State high school champion, will get the start at 133. Matt Reed is OU’s guy at 174 after knocking off veteran Nolan McBride at the Red/White Scrimmage. Greg Wilson will get the start at 184 and Brad Johnson at 197.
Cody believes the influx of new blood will pay dividends up and down the roster all season long.
“Last season, if you didn’t want to work hard, there were still a few places to hide in the wrestling room,” he said. “But now, if you don’t want to work hard, you’re going to get beat up.
“We have a very different team than we did last year. We have several new guys. I’ve had to push them pretty hard, but not like I had to last season. They’re all-in.”
Also, looking forward, it should only get better.
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