Oklahoma State recruit Christian Carroll (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
This evening, the top recruit in the high school Class of 2023, Christian Carroll (New Prairie, IN), announced his collegiate plans via our own Willie Saylor. Carroll will attend Oklahoma State University and wrestle for legendary head coach John Smith.
Carroll is a two-time Super 32 champion and a Junior freestyle national champion in 2021. Over the summer, Carroll made the U20 World Team in Greco-Roman. In the best-of-three final, Carroll shut out Robert Plympton 8-0 in the first period of both of their bouts. He was also selected to wrestle in a super-match at FloWrestling's Who's #1 in 2021 against Nick Feldman, the top recruit in the Class of 2022. Feldman prevailed via 3-2 score.
Carroll fits in well with the Cowboys who are slated to start redshirt freshman Konner Doucet at 285 lbs this season. The previous starter, Luke Surber, dropped down to 197 lbs for the 2022-23 season. Doucet was 8-2 last year. While Oklahoma State has options at the weight, they don't have an established long-term starter in place.
The addition of Carroll to the Class of 2023 gives OSU quite the impressive group. He's the second top-ten recruit in the bunch joining #6 Brayden Thompson (IL). #20 Cael Hughes (OK) and #40 AJ Heeg (OK) are two other top-50 recruits committed to the Cowboys.