true wrestling hero makes his mark not only by his successes on the
mat but also through his contributions to the wrestling community
when he is off the mat. John Smith, one of America's most celebrated
wrestlers, continues to make contributions to the sport by attending
youth events in his free time and serving as a role model for young
athletes across the nation.
Smith recently attended the 2002 Kids' Freestyle and Greco-Roman National
Championships in Enid, Oklahoma. Smith's presence at the event was
greatly appreciated by the kids, parents, and staff members alike:
John assisted by presenting the placewinners with their medals at
the awards ceremony as well as signing autographs, shaking hands,
and taking photographs with the wrestlers.
is currently the head coach at Oklahoma State University, which he
also attended as an undergraduate from 1984 to 1988. His list of career
accomplishments are extensive at both the national and international
level. Smith won two NCAA Championship titles (1987 and 1988), and
achieved All-American status three times.
freestyle competition, Smith is the only American wrestler to win
six career world titles, which were achieved in consecutive years.
His first title was earned in 1987, when Smith won the World Championships
in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Smith continued his streak of victories at the 1988 Summer Olympics
in Seoul, South Korea, by capturing the gold medal.
dominated World Freestyle Championships for the next three years,
receiving the championship title in 1989, 1990 and 1991.Smith's final
world title was earned with his gold medal performance at the 1992
Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. After receiving his second Olympic
gold medal, Smith returned to Oklahoma State University to take the
position as the Cowboys' head coach. Two years later, he led OSU to
an NCAA Championship team title, and in 1998 he coached two Cowboys,
Teague Moore and Eric Guerrero, to individual national titles.
In 1997, Smith was inducted as a Distinguished Member in the National
Wrestling Hall of Fame. He also coached the 2000 Olympic Team in Sydney,
Australia, with co-head coaches Greg Strobel and Dan Gable.
successes on the mat as a competitor, his leadership in coaching,
and his contributions to the wrestling community make him an ideal
role model for aspiring athletes.
here to read John
Smith's full biography on the Oklahoma State Wrestling site.
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