Nov. 3, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Oklahoma State wrestling program will host a meet and greet for Cowboy fans on Nov. 14 at Eskimo Joe's.
The event will be held in conjunction with head coach John Smith's first coach's show of the season.
"With no Orange-Black match this year, this is an opportunity for fans to come and meet the team," Smith said. "It gives people a chance to see the team before the season starts."
Wrestlers and coaches will be available to fans at Eskimo Joe's from 6-8 p.m., with Smith joining host Rex Holt from 7-8 p.m. on Stillwater Radio's KSPI-FM, 93.7.
More from coach John Smith on not having an Orange-Black match
On why there is no Orange-Black Match this year:
"One of the reasons why is just the number of weigh-ins we have in the month of November is more than we've had in the past. The other reason is, with the starting date of our season, which was Oct. 10 - in the past we normally started three weeks before that. We just felt like it was not the right thing to do. We'll have to plan in the future when we're going to do them. We may not see them again, it just kind of depends. It just felt like condition-wise we weren't where we needed to be and weight-wise we definitely weren't where we needed to be. It gives us a little more time to prepare and do things right."
On what it changes:
"I don't really think there's an advantage or a disadvantage to it. It just doesn't set your team. We have a tournament at CMSU that we're going to enter our team into, and more than likely, the highest placing athlete at the tournament will start in that first weekend of matches. I see it not being a disadvantage to us by not having them. We're going to get enough competition in the month of November."