A.J. Ferrari after choosing up a win over Michigan’s Myles Amine within the NCAA semifinals (Picture/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
A.J. Ferrari “talks a giant sport and he reveals a giant sport.”
These have been the phrases of Oklahoma State head wrestling coach John Smith when discussing his true freshman 197-pounder after Ferrari captured the NCAA title this previous Saturday evening in St. Louis, changing into solely the third Cowboy true freshman to win a nationwide title, becoming a member of Richard Hutton (1947) and Pat Smith (1990)
On Wednesday, Ferrari was named InterMat Freshman of the 12 months.
This award, introduced annually since 2006 to the perfect school freshman wrestler, relies completely on the balloting of writers at InterMat. Every author is requested to pick 5 freshman wrestlers and rank them from first to fifth. Level values are assigned to every placement, starting from one level to a wrestler listed fifth on a voter’s poll, as much as 9 factors for a first-place vote.
Ferrari obtained eight first-place votes (out of 10) from the InterMat workers, for a complete of 86 factors to place him No. 1 on this yr’s InterMat Freshman of the 12 months voting. In second place was 174-pound NCAA champion Carter Starocci of Penn State, who was the best choice amongst two InterMat writers, incomes a complete of 74 factors. No different wrestler obtained a first-place vote for the award.
NCAA third-place finisher Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) completed third within the voting with 30 factors, whereas All-Individuals John Poznanski (Rutgers) and Keegan O’Toole (Missouri) rounded out the highest 5. Others receiving votes included Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State), Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State), Cameron Amine (Michigan), Lucas Byrd (Illinois) and Rocky Elam (Missouri).
Ferrari stepped into the Cowboy lineup at 197 kilos instantly as a real freshman in 2021 after compiling a 96-1 document over his highschool profession at Allen Excessive Faculty (Texas), Blair Academy (N.J.) and Bergen Catholic (N.J.). After profitable a Huge 12 title and incomes Excellent Wrestler honors, Ferrari entered the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis because the No. 4 seed. He reached the finals with 4 straight wins, together with a 5-1 semifinal win over Olympian and top-seeded Myles Amine of Michigan. Within the finals, Ferrari claimed a 4-2 victory over Pitt’s Nino Bonaccorsi. He completed his first school season with a 20-1 document and solely surrendered two takedowns.
Within the 16-year historical past of InterMat Freshman of the 12 months balloting, A.J. Ferrari is the second Oklahoma State wrestler to have earned the honour, becoming a member of three-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer, who obtained the award in 2013.
2021 InterMat Freshman of the 12 months Voting Outcomes
1st-Fifth Place Votes: 9-7-5-3-1
Complete Votes/(First-Place Votes)
1. A.J. Ferrari, Oklahoma State 86 (8)
2. Carter Starocci, Penn State 74 (2)
3. Parker Keckeisen, Northern Iowa 30
4. John Poznanski, Rutgers 18
5. Keegan O’Toole, Missouri 15
6. Cohlton Schultz, Arizona State 13
7. Sam Latona, Virginia Tech 6
8. Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State 5
T9. Cameron Amine, Michigan 1
T9. Lucas Byrd, Illinois 1
T9. Rocky Elam, Missouri 1
InterMat Freshman of the 12 months Previous Winners
2020: Sammy Sasso, Ohio State
2019: Mekhi Lewis, Virginia Tech
2018: Spencer Lee, Iowa
2017: Mark Corridor, Penn State
2016: Jason Nolf, Penn State
2015: Isaiah Martinez, Illinois
2014: Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern
2013: Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State
2012: Logan Stieber, Ohio State
2011: David Taylor, Penn State
2010: Kyle Dake, Cornell
2009: Andrew Howe, Wisconsin
2008: Mike Gray, Cornell
2007: Jake Varner, Iowa State
2006: Dustin Schlatter, Minnesota