Oklahoma State loses Kaid Brock for the season
It looks like the Cowboy’s title chances took a hit today when Jason Elmquist of the Stillwater News Press broke the news that 133 pound starter Kaid Brock will miss the remaining of the 2016 due to injury suffered at the Southern Scuffle.
Smith said they will be able to use a medical redshirt on the true freshman from Stillwater High. #OkState
— Jason Elmquist (@jelmquistSW) January 7, 2016
Brock had climbed to as high as #9 in InterMat’s latest release of their Division I college rankings and was off to a 19-1 start for the Cowboys. His biggest claim to fame occurred on December 13th, when head coach John Smith made the decision to debut the true freshman, and the wrestler responded by defeating the then #2 ranked Cody Brewer by first period fall.
He continued his strong start into the Southern Scuffle where he began the tournament on a 3-0 start reaching the semifinals against the nation’s #1 ranked Nahshon Garrett of Cornell. It was in that semifinals match that Brock became injured ending his tournament.
The good news that comes out of this announcement is that Brock will indeed be granted a medical redshirt, according to his coach Smith, which will leave the wrestler with four more seasons to compete for Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys will now look to veterans Gary Wayne-Harding and Brian Crutchmer, who traded starts prior to Brock’s arrival, and transfer Kyle Garcia to come in and claim the 133 spot in the lineup as the Cowboys gear up for the final half of the season.
With the Cowboys currently rated as the second best tournament team by InterMat the loss of Brock will surely sting, and Smith will need to look for other wrestlers to step up and help deal with the loss of points. One of the possibilities that remains to try and close that gap is another true freshman – Joe Smith.
Coach John Smith has yet to make a decision on whether or not to gamble by pulling the second redshirt on the season, but Joe certainly looks like he could score some points at this year’s NCAA’s.
Additional h/t to Cowboys Ride For Free
(Photo from OSU Communications)