Top Oklahoma wrestling recruit Chris Perry chooses OSU

Oklahoman Modified: October 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm •  Published: October 31, 2008
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Oklahoma's top wrestling recruit has made his college choice and he won't have to leave home to continue his career.

Stillwater's Chris Perry announced Friday he will wrestle at Oklahoma State, turning down Penn State. Perry is a three-time state champion and the nephew of Cowboys head coach John Smith. Perry was also recruited by his brother Mark who is in his first year as an assistant coach at Penn State.

“It was a very difficult decision,” Perry said. “I've been around OSU all my life. I've worked out there so it came down to me being more familiar with the program and the fact Stillwater is home.”

Perry said he informed his uncle earlier this week he was coming to OSU.

“He was really happy about it,” Perry said. “He said he's been looking forward to it for a long time and that he'd take me to another level.”

OSU also added commitments from Perry's Ladd Rupp and Stephen Swan. Woodward's Zach White has also committed to OSU, Perry said.

Amateur Wrestling News ranks him No. 1 nationally. Perry is 97-1 so far in his high school career and is on a 65 match win streak. He has also found success at several national tournaments.

Mark Perry wrestled at Iowa winning two national championships. Early on there was speculation Chris might follow in his brother's footsteps and become a Hawkeye but Perry said Iowa was never in the cards.

“They never contacted me and I was really surprised by that,” he said. “I think scholarship wise they were already pretty loaded.”