Departures also lead to future coaching speculations

Updated: August 17, 2023

By Mike Finn

Plenty of college wrestling news was made today from a pair of former Oklahoma State wrestling stars in Zack Esposito and Coleman Scott.

Esposito, a former three-time NCAA All-American and 2005 national champion who eventually became an associate head coach in Stillwater, Okla., first announced he was leaving OSU to become the new National Freestyle Developmental and Resident Head Coach for USA Wrestling in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina confirmed that Scott, the Tar Heels’ head coach since 2015, had resigned from that position. Scott, a four-time NCAA All-American and 2008 national champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, reportedly informed his team on Wednesday night he was leaving and the ACC school in Chapel Hill, N.C., had removed his name as head coach. UNC is also advertising the position on the human resources website

WIN has been told by sources close to the OSU program that Scott is heading back to Stillwater to replace Esposito, but Oklahoma State could not confirm that. This also comes at a time that Oklahoma State head coach John Smith is preparing to begin his 34th season as the Cowboys mentor, who coached both Esposito and Scott.

Meanwhile, UNC assistant coach Tony Ramos confirmed he has been named as interim head coach.

“I’ve been told I am taking over and am in charge until they go through the process (of naming a successor to Scott),” Ramos told WIN Magazine today.

WIN Magazine will continue to monitor this story and will provide an updated in-depth story in the next issue of WIN, which will be printed Sept. 28.