Oklahoma Wrestling Adds Two Assistant Coaches

Wednesday, July 13th 2011, 11:42 am
By: News 9


NORMAN, Oklahoma-- New Oklahoma wrestling coach Mark Cody announced the addition of two former All-Americans to the wrestling coaching staff.

Former OU wrestler Jared Frayer has been hired as an assistant coach and former Oklahoma State assistant coach Tyrone Lewis will join the program as a volunteer assistant coach.

"Jared Frayer, who has been at Wisconsin, has had a lot of great success there and if you look at their program most of the success they have had in recent years has been around his weight class," said Cody. "I've known him for many years and have been really impressed with him, the way he carries himself, his attitude and his recruiting skills."

During his time at OU, Frayer was a two-time All-American as well as the 2002 NCAA runner-up at 149 pounds.

"I worked with Tyrone Lewis at Oklahoma State and have remained very close with him over the years. He is a great person and has a very dynamic personality. Everyone will find out shortly exactly what he is capable of," said Cody.

The four-time NCAA qualifier was instrumental in helping OU claim the 2002 Big 12 Championship and earned the 2000 Wade Schalles Award for recording the most pins of any collegiate wrestler that year.

Prior to working at UW he was the strength and conditioning coach at Iowa during the 2008-09 season. He also served as an assistant coach for three years at Harvard (2003-06) after graduating from Oklahoma, where he was a two-time All-American. Frayer is also a five-time United States National team member and was the 2010 U.S. Open Champion.

Frayer will join Michael Lightener, who served as assistant coach the past two seasons for the Sooners.

Lewis wrestled for Oklahoma State from 2001-2004 where he claimed two individual Big 12 championships in 2001 and 2004 and amassed a 120-15 record. In 2001 he finished fifth at the NCAA championship, placed third in 2002, fifth in 2003 and was the national runner-up in 2004.

After graduating from OSU, Lewis served as a coach for the Gator Wrestling Club from 2005-06 before taking his first college assistant job at Oklahoma City University. While at OCU he helped the Stars to a 12th-place finish at the NAIA Championship and coached a trio of All-Americans.

Lewis was also the 2008 runner-up at both the U.S. Olympic Trials and at U.S. Nationals in the 74 kg/163 pound weight class. He is an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team. He represented the United States at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey and was a training partner for the U.S. Senior World Team as it competed at the 2005 FILA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.