STILLWATER — “It means a lot. Even thinking about the summer, being around Coleman, and him being here coaching, it all goes further back than that for me,” Oliver said. “... It’s just a great feeling having somebody so close and from the same area and state as me, helping out and helping me try to obtain my goals.”
It’s not just Oliver that has benefited from the experience on the coaching staff. The likes of Chris Perry has seen continued growth from his time wrestling at Stillwater High School — where he was a four-time state champion.
And this year, the Cowboy wrestlers have received extra motivation from the success of Scott at the Olympic level.
OSU will send a complete 10-man team to the NCAA tournament, with eight of the 10 Cowboys being seeded in their respective weight class.
“A lot of winning on this staff. Those guys do feed off of that and I think that they got some energy off the Olympics last summer,” Scott said. “... I think they learn from it, just from seeing it up close. I think it has helped them because all us coaches can tell them we’ve all been there and they can believe it and trust in it.”
But one thing the staff hasn’t had in quite some time is a national championship. It’s been seven years since Oklahoma State last brought a team title back to Stillwater. They will look to change that when the national meet begins Thursday.
And with proven winners coaching them, national title No. 35 may not be too far out of reach.