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    Oklahoma Names Mark Hall Director of Operations

    A week after their rivals stole all of the collegiate wrestling headlines, Oklahoma struck with a move of their own. The Sooners made a strong addition to their wrestling support staff as Mark Hall was brought aboard as the team’s Director of Operations. The 2017 NCAA champion spent the last three years on staff as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. 

    Hall recently competed at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials and left his shoes on the mat to signify retirement after a consolation loss to Trent Hidlay. 

    Collegiately, Hall wrestled at Penn State and was deemed the unanimous #1 overall recruit in the high school Class of 2016. He was pulled from redshirt midseason and went on to claim an NCAA title. His championship gave Penn State five national titles from their memorable 2017 team. 

    Hall went on to win Big Ten titles in each of the three years that followed. He made it back to the national finals in both 2018 and 2019 but was beaten by Zahid Valencia on both occasions. Like many others, Hall’s final season in a Penn State singlet was cut short as the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled at the outset of the COVID pandemic. 

    Before matriculating at Penn State, Hall captured gold at the Cadet and Junior World Championships. He’d add a second Junior World title in 2017, a few months after winning his NCAA crown. 

    Hall will work in conjunction with an Oklahoma staff that is led by Roger Kish, who is in his second year at the helm in Norman. The Sooners return one All-American and have inked a recruiting class that is sure to fit in InterMat’s top-ten in our upcoming recruiting rankings. 

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