Sammy Alvarez, a former Rutgers 141-pound wrestler, has transferred to Oklahoma State. He announced his decision to enter the transfer portal last week. While at Rutgers, Alvarez struggled with weight issues, missing numerous matches and competitions, which ultimately led to his departure from the team.
It remains to be seen where he will fit in the lineup at Oklahoma State and at what weight class he will compete. Some speculate that he may attempt to go up to 149 pounds, but this is yet to be confirmed. Alvarez is a talented wrestler who has previously been an NCAA qualifier and ranked as high as No. 5 in the country.
Alvarez was an NCAA qualifier and the No. 10 seed at 133 pounds in the 2020 NCAA Tournament before that tournament was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last season Alvarez was replaced by Joey Olivieri, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament. It’s looks to be the same scenario this season, has Olivieri seems to have stepped in full time since Sammy’s departure from Rutgers. Alvarez was 12-2 this season and placed third in the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30. He is now enrolled in classes at Oklahoma State and will look to make an impact in the future for the Cowboys.