STILLWATER — “I just want to make sure that both of those guys take the team along with them,” Smith said. “I want them to lead by example on the mat and off the mat. They’re two good wrestlers.”
The heavyweight class will be led by Alan “Z” Gelogaev, who has battled injuries the past two seasons. Smith said he hopes he can stay healthy.
“It’s been two years since he has had a full season,” Smith said. “He needs to go back through that. I think the key for us is to try to keep him healthy. He has had two pretty devastating injuries. I don’t think you approach the season trying to avoid it. I think you do some different things to have his best effort at the end and stay healthy at the end.”
Smith said there will be competition for the lower weight classes.
“We have Ladd Rupp and Jon Morrison, who have competed at 125,” Smith said. “In their two years, they really have not broken into a point where they’ve helped the team in the end. Now, they’re moving up a weight. ... This is a breakthrough year. These guys are good enough. They just need to put it together mentally.
“Tyler Dorrell from Del City will start for us on Nov. 25, our first match here. ... I like him. He’s a worker. ... He’s been cutting his weight since the start of August. ... We need to see where he’s at and grow with him throughout the season. If anyone’s tough enough, it’s him. At 141, Julian Feikert will probably be our starter. I like what I see in him.”
The Cowboys first home dual is against Penn University. Then Oklahoma State travels to Minnesota on Dec. 2 before meeting Wyoming at home on Dec. 8. The next day, the Cowboys face their Bedlam rival, Oklahoma, in Norman. Another match circled on the calendar is on Dec. 16, when OSU takes on Chattanooga and Cornell in Madison Square Garden.