John Smith (wrestler)

John Smith (wrestler)

John William Smith (born August 9, 1965) was a successful college wrestler, Olympic Games competitor, and is currently the head coach of wrestling at Oklahoma State University.

High school career

Smith grew up in a wrestling family in Del City, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City. His high school career record is 105-5. His older brother Leroy and younger brother Pat Smith also wrestled for Del City High School as well as Oklahoma State. All three became national champions in college. The youngest Smith brother, Mark, wrestled at Oklahoma State and was also an All-American.

College and freestyle career

Smith's college career record is 154-7-2; his domestic freestyle record is 77-3; and his international freestyle record is 100-5.


*In Smith's freshman year of NCAA competition, he did not place at the NCAA Tournament.


*In Smith's sophomore year of NCAA competition, he was a Big Eight Runner-up and an NCAA Runner-up.
*USA Junior Freestyle Champion.
*FILA Junior World Freestyle Champion.


*Smith took a redshirt year and did not compete in NCAA competition.
*USA Senior Freestyle Champion.
*Goodwill Games Champion.


*In Smith's redshirt junior year of NCAA competition, he was a Big Eight Champion and an NCAA Champion.
*Pan American Champion.
*FILA Senior World Freestyle Champion.


*In Smith's redshirt senior year of NCAA competition, he was a Big Eight Champion and an NCAA Champion.
*USA Senior Freestyle Champion.
*Olympic Freestyle Champion.


*World Cup Champion.
*USA Senior Freestyle Champion.
*FILA Senior World Freestyle Champion.


*USA Senior Freestyle Champion.
*FILA Senior World Freestyle Champion.
*Goodwill Games Champion.


*Pan American Champion
*World Cup Champion
*USA Senior Freestyle Champion.
*FILA Senior World Freestyle Champion.


*Olympic Freestyle Champion.

Coaching career

*Smith coaches at Oklahoma State University where his teams have won five national titles and have set records for total margin of victory in the NCAA national wrestling tournament.

Other honors

*Smith was the first American to be chosen Master of Technique and Wrestler of the Year by the International Wrestling Federation (FILA).
*Smith was the first wrestler to be voted the James E. Sullivan Award as America's outstanding athlete.
*Smith was the first wrestler ever nominated for the World Trophy, which he received in 1992.
*Smith was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997.
*His home high school (Del City High School) in Del City, Oklahoma, bears his name on the field house.

External links

* [ Wrestling Hall of Fame - Coach]
* [ Wrestling Hall of Fame - Wrestler]
* [ Biography at]
* [ John Smith]

Video Interviews

* [ Flowrestling coverage of John Smith]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John Quinn (wrestler) — Infobox Wrestler name=John Quinn img capt= names=John Quinn The Stomper Little John The Butcher The Kentucky Butcher Virgil the Kentucky Butcher The Masked Spoiler John Clay Danny Dubois Marcel LeMay height=height|ft=6|in=5… …   Wikipedia

  • John Smith — is a name often regarded as the archetype of a common personal name in most English speaking countries, a generic name sometimes representing everyman or the average person. In the United Kingdom and United States, John has historically been one… …   Wikipedia

  • Harry Smith (wrestler) — Infobox Wrestler name=Harry Smith names=The Black Assassin DH Smith Harry Smith height=height|ft=6|in=5cite web|url=|title=DH Smith Bio|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2007 10 28]… …   Wikipedia

  • Smith (Familienname) — Smith [smɪθ] (englisch smith „Schmied“) ist ein englischsprachiger Familienname. Zur Herkunft siehe Schmidt. Smith ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Bekannte Namensträger Inhaltsverzeichnis A B C D E F G H I J K L M N …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Smith, John — (baptized Jan. 6, 1580, Willoughby, Lincolnshire, Eng. died June 1631, London) English explorer. After a period as a military adventurer, he joined an English group preparing to establish a colony in North America. After the London Co. received… …   Universalium

  • John Cena — John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. John Cena lors du Tribute to the Troops 2010 Données générales Nom compl …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John Cena (John Cena Jr.) — John Cena John Felix Anthony Cena Jr …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John cena — John Felix Anthony Cena Jr …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John T. Smith — To see the football player JT Smith see J.T. Smith (football player) Infobox Wrestler name=John T. Smith names=J.T. Smith The Italian Stallion height=height|ft=6|in=2 weight=convert|235|lb|kg st|abbr=on|lk=on birth date= birth place=Philadelphia …   Wikipedia

  • John Hindley — Infobox Wrestler name=John Hindley names=Johnny Smith image size= img capt= height=height|feet=5|inches=11 weight=convert|250|lb|kg st|abbr=on|lk=on birth date=August 7, 1965 birth place=Warrington, England death date= death place= resides=… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.