wrestling-d1 flag

Oklahoma State Athletics | February 5, 2016

Oklahoma State coach Smith to be honored before Bedlam match

  Smith's greatest competitive achievements include two Olympic Gold Medals and six World Championships.

STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State wrestling head coach John Smith will be honored as part of OSU's 100 years celebration prior to this Friday's matchup with No. 7 Oklahoma.

Smith, who is in his 25th season as head coach and 33rd as part of the OSU wrestling program, has built a resume as both a coach and competitor that rivals those of the sports' greatest names.

Smith's greatest competitive achievements include winning two Olympic Gold Medals (1988, 1992) and six World Championships (1987-1992) among many other things. At OSU, he earned three All-America honors as well as two NCAA individual national championships during his collegiate career.

As a coach, Smith's name became synonymous with wrestling success. During his 24-plus seasons he has led the Cowboys to five NCAA team championships and coached 111 All-Americans, including 29 individual national champions. He has also coached the U.S. Olympic team on two separate occasions (2000, 2012).

Smith's 379 wins as head coach and 152 as a wrestler both rank as the most in OSU's storied history.

This season's Cowboys currently hold an 8-2 dual record and rank as the No. 4 team in the nation heading into this weekend's matchup with No. 7 OU. OSU came out on top in the teams' first meeting, defeating the Sooners in Norman 37-3.

The Bedlam dual will take place Friday night at 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

How Oklahoma State softball has stayed sharp during the COVID-19 pandemic

Here's how the Oklahoma State softball team has prepared for the 2021 season, and how D1Softball.com surveys the Cowgirls' talent.
READ MORE

What we know after 1 month of the men's college basketball season

Two of the lessons that stick out from the first month of the 2020-21 men's college basketball season: Luka Garza really is that good and so are Gonzaga and Baylor.
READ MORE

10 college basketball wishes for 2021

A Gonzaga vs. Baylor do-over and a wide-open race for the Big Ten title are two of Andy Katz's wishes for the men's college basketball season in the new year.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners