STILLWATER — With its first tournament on Saturday, the Oklahoma State University wrestling team took time Thursday to interact with fans and teach them some of the basics of college wrestling.
“It shows how much wrestling means to the community,” junior Tyler Dorrell said. “Everybody showed up for the meet and greet and stayed through all (the program). A lot of people already knew about wrestling and still sat through that.”
“We want to teach people about wrestling,” coach John Smith said. “We got a great culture in this area. From programs in the high schools like Cushing, Stillwater, Perry, Blackwell and Ponca City. We’ve got an unbelievable culture in a sport that’s been over 100 years. We need to get this new generation caught up and excited about wrestling.”
The night started with the introduction of the coaching staff and the wrestlers. Junior Ladd Rupp from Perry talked about a typical day for Oklahoma State wrestlers. Dorrell educated the crowd about his journey on losing weight.
“I’m kind of an underdog,” Dorell said. “I’m not looked up on. I haven’t made a name yet. I’m trying to get my name out there and make something of myself. This is my opportunity wrestling at 125 and I did what it took to get there.”
Most of Friday’s program was Wrestling 101. Smith and his staff explained terminology and rules of the match. Some of the wrestlers demonstrated moves. Wrestling 101 ended with an explanation of things the crowd should yell during a match.
“Anyone that comes to a wrestling event needs to know the rules,” Smith said. “They will appreciate it more when they know about it. I don’t think anyone can come to one match and get an understanding. We’re going to try to help people understand.”