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Cowboys dropping Smith redshirt; Brock lost for the season
Jan. 8, 2015
NEWTON, Iowa — WIN Magazine has learned that Oklahoma State will remove the redshirt on 157-pound freshman Joe Smith in time for the Cowboys’ Jan. 15 dual at West Virginia. In addition, WIN has learned that Kaid Brock, OSU’s 133-pound true freshman starter, will be lost for 6-8 months after suffering a knee injury to Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett in the semifinals of the Jan. 1-2 Southern Scuffle.
Smith, the son of Oklahoma State head coach John Smith, has competed unattached and compiled a 19-2 record with eight pins, one technical fall and four major decisions with championships at the Oklahoma City Open and the Joe Parisi Open earlier this fall. Joe Smith’s only losses came against Illinois’ defending champion Isaiah Martinez, 11-5, in the finals of the Reno Tournament of Champions prior to Christmas … and against Penn State’s Jason Nolf, 7-3, in the Southern Scuffle championship bout.
Another one of Smith’s victories this year was an 8-2 victory over West Virginia’s Dylan Cottrell in the finals of the Parisi Open on Nov. 21. He’ll likely face Cottrell again in his first varsity bout next Friday.
“A lot can happen but that’s likely what will happen,” said coach Smith.
This announcement comes at nearly the same time that Oklahoma State found out they lost Brock for the season after injuring his ACL and MCL during his match with Garrett at the Southern Scuffle.
The redshirt was also pulled off Brock earlier this season. In his first match for the Cowboys on varsity, the native of Stillwater, Okla., pinned rival Oklahoma’s defending national champion Cody Brewer in the Dec. 13 Bedlam dual in Norman, Okla.
Brock’s record as a Cowboy was 10-1 (with three pins and four technical falls) with his only loss coming in the injury default to Garrett.
“Kaid will be out for the rest of the season, based on his injuries,” said coach Smith, who added that the school will apply for a medical hardship for the freshman so that he will still have four year of eligibility.
“He’s a tough enough kid who probably could have wrestled, but the injuries are severe enough and with the option of getting a medical redshirt, it’s best for him and the team in the future.”
Both Brock and Joe Smith were teammates at Stillwater High School a year ago and each won three state championships. Both wrestlers were also five-time Fargo All-Americans at the Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., where Smith was named O.W. this past summer in winning the 160-pound championship.