A Look Back At Oklahoma State University's Greatest Wrestlers
by, 08-14-2010 at 10:26 PM (5834 Views)
Myron Roderick has made many contributions to Oklahoma State and the sport of wrestling, but may be best remembered for continuing the dynasty of greatness with the Cowboy wrestling program. Roderick became the youngest coach to ever capture an NCAA championship. The Pokes won seven NCAA team titles under the leadership of Roderick.
Yojiro Uetake Obata
Yojiro Uetake Obata is one of the most decorated wrestlers in both Oklahoma State and NCAA history.
Uetake wrestled at OSU from 1963-1966, capturing three individual NCAA titles and was voted Outstanding Wrestler twice during his career with the Cowboys. Uetake has the unique distinction of being the only OSU wrestler to go undefeated in his entire college career, amassing a perfect 58-0 record.
After his sophomore season at OSU, Uetake returned home for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo where he won the gold medal for Japan. He also won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, becoming the first Japanese athlete to win two championships at the Olympic Games.
Yojiro spent two years as an assistant coach for the Cowboys, before becoming the coach for Japan's national freestyle team.
Art Griffith succeeded Ed Gallagher as wrestling coach at Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M) in 1941. Griffith's Aggie wrestlers won 8 national championships in 13 attempts and ten undefeated seasons. 17 of Griffith's grapplers won 27 individual national titles.
Griffith also coached the 1948 United States Olympic team and developed the points system for wrestling bouts.
John Ward was a two-sport star at Oklahoma State. Ward earned All-America honors as a member of both the Cowboy Football and Wrestling teams. Ward would later go on to be selected in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft.
Oklahoma State wrestler Kenny Monday is remembered as being "one of the best of the best." Monday was a 3-time All-American for OSU, and won a national championship in 1984. Monday is among OSU's career leaders in both wins and falls.
Pat Smith is one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Oklahoma State's storied wrestling program. Smith was the first wrestler in NCAA history to win four national championships.
John Smith is synonymous with Oklahoma State's storied Cowboy Wrestling program. A native of Del City, Oklahoma, Smith was an accomplished grappler for OSU. He was four-time World Champion, and two-time Olympic gold medal winner.
Smith was the first wrestler to be voted the James E. Sullivan Award as America's outstanding athlete. In 1997, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Smith is currently the head coach for the Cowboy Wrestling program. During Smith's tenure, OSU has won five team national championships, and produced numerous individual national champions and All-Americans.