DES MOINES, Iowa — “Any time you get a chance to see the best wrestlers in the world, and get to train around them, you grow pretty quickly,” Smith said. “Not everybody has done that. There’s been several guys go over and have that opportunity and come back and never produce. But with him, it’s just little closer reality that he’s not that far away from being one of the best wrestlers in the world.”
The Cowboys will rely on Oliver to help propel the Pokes to the program’s 35th national title — and first since 2006.
OSU will have a full 10-man roster at the tournament, eight of which are seeded in their respective weight classes. Action began Thursday morning with first-round action, and will run through Saturday night. Saturday night’s finals will be televised on ESPN (Suddenlink channel 31) at 7 p.m.