The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Oklahoma State University wrestling coach John Smith (right) instructs two wrestlers during Wednesday’s findal day of the Wabash Wrestling Camp.
THE SMITH FILE
Name: John Smith
Born: Del City, OK
High school: Del City, 1984 graduate
College: Oklahoma State University,
Accomplishments: Finished with a 105-5 record during his high school career and a 154-7-2 record as a wrestler at Oklahoma State - winning individual NCAA championships in 1987 and 1988; Was a three-time All-America selection at Oklahoma State (1985, 1987 and 1988); 1985 USA Junior Freestyle and Freestyle champion; 1986 USA Senior Freestyle and Goodwill Games champion; 1987 Big Eight, NCAA and Pan American champion; 1988 Big Eight Champion and NCAA champion; Two-time Olympic Games Freestyle Wrestling Gold-Medal winner (1988 and 1992); Four-time USA Senior Freestyle champion (1988-1991); Two-time FILA Senior World Freestyle champion (1989-1990); Has coached Oklahoma State for the past 20 seasons (296-44-5 record) and has won five NCAA national championships, including four straight from 2003-06; Inducted into the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003; He was also named a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and inducted into Oklahoma's Hall of Fame in 1997; Recognized as one of the 100 Greatest Olympians of All Time at the 1996 Atlanta Games; Has coached 23 NCAA individual champions and 89 NCAA All-Americans, along with the 1998 and 2009 USA World Championships teams and 2000 USA Olympic Wrestling team; Holds school records for career victories (154), single-season victories (47 in 1988), career falls (38) and single-season falls (19 in 1988)
Wife's name: Toni
Children: 3 sons - Joseph, Samuel and Levi; 2 daughters - Isabell and Cecilia
Of note: Smith has three brothers - Lee Roy (older), Pat (younger) and Mark (younger). All four family members went to Oklahoma State. John, Leroy and Pat finished as NCAA national champions, while Mark was named an All-American.
Source: Oklahoma State University Web Site, http://www.okstate.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/smith_john00.html