Oklahoma State to pull Joe Smith’s redshirt

Published On January 8, 2016 | By Ross Bartachek | College

Per WIN Magazine, It looks like the Cowboys are all in the on the 2016 NCAA championships, with head coach John Smith making the decision to pull his son, Joe Smith’s redshirt, and he will compete for the Cowboys at 157 pounds. In a way the move comes as a surprise with the preseason pundits picking Chance Marstellar – who started the season at the weight – as a potential All-American, but he has since fallen out of favor with both fans and the aforementioned pundits after a lack of consistency.

Joe Smith's redshirt

Chandler Rogers, Smith, Kaid Brock and Tristan Moran all grew up wrestling in Stillwater, OK (Photo by OSU Communications)

Enter Joe Smith, who came into the program with a family history alone that outstrips a number of Division I programs across the country. So far Joe has done almost everything and more to make a name for himself. He wasn’t recruited because he was a coach’s son, the younger Smith won Fargo this past summer and was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.

As if that wasn’t enough, Smith has put together a 22-2 record on the season, beating both Marstellar and the weight’s back up Ryan Blees in an early season open. His two losses are to undefeated and reigning NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez, and to Penn State’s super freshman Jason Nolf.

This news should make some waves in the team race, with Smith possibly having the resume to make him top ten worthy immediately. His schedule will be rather limited up until the Big 12 Championships with his projected remaining opponents as follows:

1/15 Tim Wheeling – West Virginia
1/17 Ronnie Garbinsky – Pitt
1/22 Luke Fortuna – Missouri
1/24 Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer – Iowa State
2/5 Shayne Tucker – Oklahoma
2/7 Matt Russo – Cornell
2/12 Shane Connolly – Army
2/14 Max Hvolbek – Stanford
2/19 Robert Henderson – UNC

The biggest takeaway is that John Smith appears to be all in on the 2016 season, which is refreshing to see for the coach go for it after being without a team title since 2006. The news is also coming off yesterday’s report that true freshman Kaid Brock’s season had ended due to injuries.

(Cover photo: John Sachs | Tech-fall.com)

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