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Oklahoma State Lands Hendrickson From The Portal

Oklahoma State Lands Hendrickson From The Portal

Two-time NCAA All-American heavyweight Wyatt Hendrickson will use his final year of eligibility at Oklahoma State.

May 19, 2024 by Andrew Spey

David Taylor rustled up a big-time transfer from the portal, as two-time NCAA All-American heavyweight Wyatt Hendrickson announced on social media that he'll be using his final year of eligibility at Oklahoma State.

Excited to bring my wrestling career to Stillwater! LETS RIDE!!!!!

Hendrickson graduated from the Air Force Academy in the spring, having started the last four seasons at 285-pounds for the Falcons. He qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of those seasons and placed third at the 2023 and 2024 Championships. 

The native of Newton, Kansas, Hendrickson required a special exemption from the US military in order to defer the start of his career in the Air Force, which he received and which will allow him to utilize the extra year of eligibility he (and everyone else who was in the NCAA during the 2020-21 season) was granted due covid.

Watch highlights of Hendrickson placing third in Kansas City at the 2024 NCAAs:


Hendrickson was one of the top targets in the transfer portal. His addition to the Cowboy lineup gives newly minted head coach David Taylor a major potential point scorer to anchor the starting ten in his first season at the helm of the program. 

Oklahoma State fans could see the following starters next season in Stillwater (highest NCAA finish in parentheses): 

125: Spratley (R12)

133: Hughes (RSFR)

141: Jamison (R32)

149: William (R16)

157: Travis (R16)

165: Fish (R12)

174: Hamiti (6th)

184: Plott (2nd)

197: Surber (R16)

285: Hendrickson (3rd)

That is not to mention the other talented Cowboys on the roster (such as national qualifiers Carter Young and Brayden Thompson, as well as blue-chip recruit Christian Carroll) and other potential transfers still in the portal. Hendrickson adds serious intrigue and enhanced expectations to a season that already can't get here soon enough.