Original photo courtesy of Jim Thrall; MatFocus.com
If you’ll oblige, for a moment, think all the way back to November of 2018. If you can remember, it was then that Open Mat editor Earl Smith began a series called The Dirty Dozen which highlighted the 12 best high school wrestlers in a state. The series started with Colorado but unfortunately didn’t get further than that.
Flash forward to today and we’re continuing that series and planning on sticking with it as we near the impending high school wrestling season. We'll start with Oklahoma, which produces some of the top talent in the country on a year-to-year basis. Home to a pair of powerhouse Big 12 programs, Oklahoma has long been considered one of the homes to folkstyle wrestling and actually houses the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater.
This list contains state champions, Fargo Champs, Super 32 champs and everything else could you think of. So let’s get to know Oklahoma’s Dirty Dozen.
Plott is the No. 3-ranked prospect in his class, but there’s an excellent argument to be made that he’s got the highest floor of any prospect in the Class of 2020. He’s constantly produced results since his freshman year and his constant pace and pressure is remarkable for a wrestler his size.
He has, unsurprisingly, continued to grow each year since finishing second as a freshman at the Oklahoma state tournament, but his attack rate hasn’t slowed a bit since that time.
A two-time Fargo finalist and a 2018 Junior US Open finalist, Plott is equally adept in freestyle as he is in folkstyle and his transition to the Cowboy RTC should only help to accelerate that freestyle prowess. His losses at Fargo came to fellow elite recruits in Ohio State freshman Carson Kharchla and Iowa freshman Abe Assad.
Plott also holds an impressive win over Iowa commit Patrick Kennedy in the finals of Super 32 just last year. In that match, his pace and pressure paid off in the 16-12 victory. He’ll square off with second-ranked Rocky Elam of Missouri at FloWrestling’s Who’s #1? to start his final high school season.
For now, Plott looks like a can't-miss prospect and will fit perfectly at the backside of the Oklahoma State lineup for years to come.
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