STILLWATER — Oliver won his second NCAA national championship, and was a whisper away from it being his third consecutive except an egregious no-call by the referee in the closing seconds of the championship match that resulted in Oliver’s bio to read runner-up in 2012.
“He was an eyelash away from being a three-time national champion, and, of course, a four-time All-American. He’s one of our greats — there’s no question,” OSU coach John Smith said. “We’ll miss him. We’ll miss watching him in Gallagher and just hope that over the next few years we can build another Jordan Oliver.”
With his mastery at the Division I Wrestling Championships, Oliver finished his career in Stillwater with a 131-6 record and two undefeated seasons. His 95.6 percent win percentage lands him in the top 10 in program history, which moved him past John Smith’s 94.4 win percentage — though he will finish second to Smith’s 152 career wins. Oliver’s 41-0 season moves him atop the list of perfect seasons, besting the 23-0 records from Eric Guerrero and Mark Smith in 1999.
“(It means) bragging rights. I can go to coach Smith and pull out some stats and tell him I am ahead of him in some,” Oliver said. “It speaks for itself. But Coach Smith is the reason I’m the wrestler I am today.”
“He should (brag). He had a better career than I did in college, no question about that,” Smith said. “He was much more dominating. And what’s impressive is he jumped up two weights and won (his second) national championship. That’s a class performance when you see things like that happen.”
There is no doubt Oliver will be mentioned in the same breath as all the other OSU wrestling greats. He has been the most electric four-year, student-athlete on the Stillwater campus since arriving as a three-time high school state champion in his native Pennsylvania, and a Fargo junior freestyle national champion.