Claremore Daily Progress

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November 16, 2012

OSU wrestlers meet fans before starting season Saturday

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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State opens the season at the Lindenwood Open in St. Louis, Mo. Saturday. Both Dorrell and Smith are excited to get the season started.

“I can’t wait,” Dorrell said. “It’s been a ride so far. It’s been long journey from cutting weight in June and nothing to show for it yet. It’s finally here and I can have something to show for it.”

“We’re ready to start our season,” Smith said. “We got a chance to meet really good competition in our first outing. Of course our first home dual next Sunday on the 25th of November, we’re excited about having our first match at home as well.”

The Cowboys finished fifth at the NCAA Championships last spring. Smith said his team has had a good offseason.

“It was a good year (last year),” Smith said. “We made a lot of advancement in personal attitude. The thing I’m enjoying right now is a lot of these men have grown up and have a great passion for the things they want to achieve this year. It makes your job a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable.”

Oklahoma State returns most of its roster from last season, including senior Jordan Oliver, who finished second in the NCAA championships, and junior Chris Perry, who finished third. Perry said he spent a lot of the summer preparing for this season.

This season, Oliver is wrestling two classes higher at 149 compared to 133 last season. The senior said he is prepared for the challenge.

“I’m just focused this year on getting stronger, improving my technique and getting better rather than focusing on my weight and other things like that,” Oliver said. “I definitely feel way more comfortable and great at 149.”

Smith said he is looking for Perry and Oliver to take a leadership role.

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