Oliver improving at Oklahoma State
Oliver improving at Oklahoma State - Wrestling | Centre Daily Times
Anybody who saw Jordan Oliver perform in high school could only say, “Wow.”
The three-time PIAA AAA champion from Easton High was good in all positions, although he rarely was on the bottom. After a redshirt year at Oklahoma State, Oliver finished fourth in the NCAA Tournament in Omaha last March. But even staunch Cowboy fans probably weren’t too happy with the way Oliver was wrestling. He wasn’t opening up. He didn’t have much offense.
On the way to the semis he registered a 6-4 win and a 5-4 victory in a tiebreaker. Then came a 1-0 loss in overtime to eventual champion Jayson Ness of Minnesota. Oliver topped Dan Micheff of Kent State 4-3 before dropping the third-fourth placing bout to former NCAA champion Franklin Gomez of Michigan State.
We remember the chorus of boos in the Qwest Center raining on Oliver for his less than aggressive performance. It appears as though Oliver has reverted to his high school style this season with the Cowboys. He’s 7-0 with three technical falls and three falls, and is ranked No. 1 at 133 pounds
“Jordan is still developing,” Cowboys coach John Smith told Roger Moore of TheMat.com. “To win championships it takes more than improvement. It takes perfection. I like where he is going but he’s not where I want him.”
Should the former Red Rover continue this pace, he’ll be putting on a show for the home folks in the NCAA championships in mid-March in Philadelphia.
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