The women’s wrestling team has brought on two top recruits, Becka Leathers and Jacqueline Quinones, for next year.
The women have already signed letters of intent to join.
Leathers is from Choctaw, Okla., and was a member of the FILA junior world team and FILA cadet world team. She won six national wrestling championships, including the USA Wrestling cadet title in Fargo, N.D. She also earned all-American in the juniors division in Fargo, finishing fourth.
“Becka is one of the top recruits in the nation,” Coach Archie Randall said. “She already has international experience, as well as freestyle wresting experience, which is our style of wrestling. She also is an outstanding student. Anytime you can bring someone of that caliber into our program, it’s a plus. We haven’t had the opportunity to recruit an Oklahoma wrestler like her since Joey Miller, who was a two-time national champion and four-time all-American. Becka is this type of athlete. She is the best in the nation and the state.”
Quinones is from El Monte, Calif., and won the California state championships, and finished fifth at nationals.
“Jackie Quinones is in line to replace senior Heather O’Connor,” Randall said. “We feel Jackie is the same type of athlete as Heather, who is going for her fourth all-American nod. Jackie is athletic and determined to be a national champion at OCU. She is dedicated to hard work and academic success, which matches our team philosophies.”
The women’s wrestling team finished this season as runner-up at the Women’s College Wrestling Association national championships. They boasted 14 all-Americans and one individual national champion. The Stars have won WCWA titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The Stars go to the Missouri Valley Open at 9 a.m. Saturday in Marshall, Miss.