FRESNO, CA – Newly appointed Fresno State Wrestling Coach Troy Steiner, has started the recruiting process as it has been confirmed that the Hokit brothers (Josh and Isaiah), along with former Clovis High School teammate Kristian Olivas, will be competing for the Bulldogs in the near future.
After a 10-year hiatus from competition at the varsity level (Fresno State currently has a club team) the Bulldogs are scheduled to begin competing during the 2017-2018. All three athletes are already enrolled at Fresno State.
Isaiah Hokit will be vying for the Bulldogs starting spot in the 157-pound weight division. Isaiah was a rare four-time state place winner in California (5th, 4th, 6th, and 4th), a Flo Nationals All-American and graduated in 2015. He originally signed with Drexel University out of high school.
Kristian Olivas is set to take over the 149-pound weight class for Fresno State. Olivas was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state place winner (3rd and 4th). Olivas also graduated in 2015 and he transferred to Fresno State from Utah Valley University.
Josh Hokit, the younger brother of Isaiah, graduated this summer and was ranked top 10 in the nation at 182-pounds. Josh was a three time state place winner and state champion as a senior. He will also be competing for the Bulldogs Football Team; he was the 2016 T.R.A.C. Player of the year, Fresno Bee Defensive player of the year, All-State Defensive team, Male Athlete of the year (Clovis roundup) and Defensive player of the year according to Pagmeter Radio Show.
With Fresno State being situated in the hotbed of California wrestling and near one of the strongest junior colleges, big things are expected to take place in the future for the Bulldogs.