Travis Wittlake, the top-ranked 182-pounder and second-ranked recruit in the country, is the second wrestler this week to change his commitment from a Big Ten school to Oklahoma State.
Wittlake, an Oregon native, announced his decommitment from two-time reigning national champion Penn State via Instagram on Tuesday. Instead, he has committed to OSU. He is a multi-time Fargo Nationals champion and 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist at 76 kilograms.
“I went on a visit to Oklahoma State, and felt it was the place I should be," Wittlake told FloWrestling.com. "Aside from all the recruiting, the phone calls, the coaches, I felt Oklahoma State provided my kind of atmosphere, and people. Don't get me wrong, PSU is awesome and I have great respect for the coaching staff there.
“I felt I could succeed under John Smith or Cael Sanderson, as they're both great coaches, but it came down to a gut feeling and a place where I am going to be happy.”
Also Sunday, Daniel Kerkvliet - a Cadet World Champion at heavyweight - decommitted from Minnesota and opted to commit to OSU. Kerkvliet, who is from Simley, Minnesota, will be in the 2019 class.
Wittlake projects as a 174- or 184-pounder for the Cowboys.