Wyatt Henson at the 2022 Southern Scuffle (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
This afternoon, one of the top redshirt freshmen in the transfer portal, Wyatt Henson, made his transfer decision public via social media. Henson spent a year in Iowa City redshirting for the University of Iowa in 2021-22. In the fall of 2022 he'll enroll at Oklahoma and have four years of eligibility remaining for the Sooners.
Henson amassed an 18-2 record competing unattached for Iowa in 2021-22. He won titles at the Luther, Lindenwood, and Cyclone Open, before entering Southern Scuffle against DI competitors. Henson took fifth at the Southern Scuffle and suffered his only two losses during his redshirt campaign to the eventual Big 12 finalists Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) and Allan Hart (Missouri). Now moving along to that conference, Henson may have multiple opportunities to overturn those results. Also at the Scuffle, Henson picked up wins over MAC champion Quinn Kinner (Rider) and 2021 national qualifier Angelo Martinoni (CSU Bakersfield).
Getting a wrestler of Henson's caliber (#16 recruit in the Class of 2021) is huge for the Sooners as he'll fit in well with their current lineup. Jacob Butler was a returning national qualifier at 141 lbs, but did so with a 9-15 record. At this time, it's not totally clear whether Henson will be at 133 or 141.
Henson entered the transfer portal quickly after 2022 All-American Real Woods announced he was transferring from Stanford to Iowa.
Norman, Oklahoma is familiar to the Henson family, as Wyatt's father, Sammie, the world champion and Olympic silver medalist, had two coaching stints at the school. First in 1997-2000 and most recently, 2009-11.