• OSU wrestling clinches Big 12 title before finals start

    By: Jeff Kolb


    TULSA, Okla. – The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team finished the third session of the 2019 Big 12 Championship with 143.5 team points and a 30-point lead over the field to clinch its seventh consecutive Big 12 team title with one session remaining at the event.


    OSU’s run of seven-straight conference tournament titles marks the longest streak in Big 12 wrestling history, as well as OSU’s longest stretch of consecutive conference tournament titles since claiming one in eight straight seasons from 1921-1928.


    The title marks coach John Smith's 21st career conference title, as well as OSU's 51st conference tournament title and 53rd overall conference title in wrestling. Additionally, Oklahoma State has now claimed 17 of the 23 Big 12 tournament trophies that have been awarded in the conference’s history as well as the 2012 and 2013 regular season titles in the only years it was awarded. Including the regular season titles, OSU has won a Big 12 championship in 10 straight seasons.


    “We take the Big 12 tournament seriously,” coach John Smith said. “It’s important. It’s not something you get used to or disrespect winning. It’s important to our program. It’s important to Oklahoma State. It’s important to our athletic director. We want to win Big 12 championships.”

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