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Unfortunate news from Stillwater, as it was recently reported in Pistols Firing that two-time All-American Kaid Brock recently had surgery for a torn ACL and will likely miss a significant portion, if not all, of the upcoming NCAA season.
Brock placed fifth at the NCAAs for Oklahoma State at 133-pounds as both a freshman and sophomore. Last season Brock moved up to 141 and fell one match shy of the podium at the NCAA Tournament.
We can only speculate as to how long Brock's recovery will last at this point, but as Seth Duckworth of Pistol Firing's mentioned, ACLs typically keep athletes out of action for between six to nine months, and the NCAA tournament in Minneapolis takes place in a little over six months from now.
No matter how long he is sidelined, Kaid Brock's absence will be missed, as his hit list contains a multitude of NCAA champions and All-Americans, including Cody Brewer and Cory Clark.
The Cowboys suffered a rash of injuries last season, keeping several starters out of the lineup for significant stretches. It appears that this trend of bad luck will continue into the 2019-20 season.
The injury also adds more question marks for head coach John Smith. If Daton Fix takes an Olympic redshirt, as it is strongly suspected he will, it was assumed that Brock would move back down to 133, with Kaden Gfeller also moving down to 141 so Boo Lewallen could step back into the 149 slot. Among the options to start at 133 if Brock and Fix don't wrestle is incoming blue-chip recruit Reece Witcraft, who was ranked #24 on the Class of 2019 Big Board.
It is unknown if Brock will seek a sixth year of eligibility; however, there is a long time to go before that decision needs to be made.