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    Sunny Day! East Coast Stars Transition To The Cowboy Way

    Some people?s dreams take them from small towns to big cities. For Oklahoma State freshman wrestlers Jordan Oliver and Alex Meade, it was the opposite. Their dreams took them from cities on the East Coast to Stillwater, Okla.
    Oliver, who not only won three Pennsylvania state championships, but also won the 2008 national championship, has always wanted to succeed in wrestling. And he knew he could reach those goals coming to Oklahoma State.
    "It?s the best wrestling school in the country," Oliver said. "I knew I could succeed if I came here. The coaching staff and your workout partners are amazing. You can?t really beat that. I wanted to be a part of the Oklahoma State tradition."
    Oliver finished his senior year undefeated with a record of 40-0 and a prep career record of 175-5. He watched the path that former OSU wrestler Coleman Scott took from high school. Scott is also from Pennsylvania and only about five minutes from where Oliver grew up.
    "I?ve watched Coleman since I was in about the sixth grade. I liked the way he wrestled and he was someone I could look up to and relate to. I watched him go from the East Coast to Oklahoma State and I?ve seen all the success he?s had here."
    The move from city life to college-town life wasn?t too difficult for Oliver. He said the transition was much easier because he knew Meade would be coming as well. Meade, who won three Delaware state championships while finishing with a prep record of 125-4, said life in Stillwater is definitely different.
    "One difference is that people out here are really friendly," Meade said. "Out east, people don?t really talk as much as people do here."
    Oliver agrees that people are much friendlier in Stillwater, including his head coach. Before he came to OSU, Oliver said he was a little intimidated because he saw John Smith as "The John Smith" who was a six-time World champion and is internationally recognized. But once Oliver arrived in Stillwater his view of Smith completely changed.
    "He?s a lot more approachable now than before I came here. He was a little intimidating before but now I can talk to him about anything. I have a relationship with him now where I can come up to him and ask him things and go over stuff."
    That kind of relationship with Smith and with their Cowboy teammates will only help Oliver and Meade, both of whom will likely redshirt this season to prepare them for careers that may well put them right next to John Smith, Coleman Scott and the long list of Oklahoma State NCAA champions.

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    I would not be surprised to see Jordan Oliver come out of redshirt if Tyler Shin does not do well. This is because this is a young team and they will need victories badly while rebuilding. I say give him the experience now because the Pokes are not winning any championships this season.

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    Tyler Shinn was round of 12 as a freshman and then had a solid half season last year while pulling a ton of weight.

    I imagine he turns out just fine this year.

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    Yeah, didn't Shinn start out at 133 last year and do well?

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    Yes, he had a match with Scott that he "won" when Scott injury defaulted. Word was that he was winning the match when Scott got hurt.

    Avallone could probably attest better to what went down with that, its a really vague recollection for me.

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    Tyler was a big 130lber as a junior in high school and 135lber as a senior so yea he has been pulling a lot of weight. He will do real good at 133 this year.
    He beat Scott last year.
    http://www.youtube.com/TonyAvallone
    Dad of Karissa 155lb Varsity College Freshman

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Yes, he had a match with Scott that he "won" when Scott injury defaulted. Word was that he was winning the match when Scott got hurt.

    Avallone could probably attest better to what went down with that, its a really vague recollection for me.
    Yea Tyler was winning that match anyway.
    http://www.youtube.com/TonyAvallone
    Dad of Karissa 155lb Varsity College Freshman

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    All of the above replies gives me a better attitude about Tyler Shinn. My impulsive comments were due to preseason anxiety when I saw Oklahoma State's roster, only 2 All-Americans and no returning national champs. As fans, we are so spoiled with our winning tradition. But coach John Smith recently commented that these are the best years of coaching, when he has to develop young talent. So if the coach can live with this season, so can I. Thanks for the encouraging replies, and I apologize to Tyler Shinn. I was impressed with him last season. And wait till we see Jordan Oliver after redshirt! Coach Smith on 10/27 stated that his redshirts are remaining redshirts this season! So all you Jordan Oliver fans will just have to wait and enjoy his open tournament appearances this year.

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