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Head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Four-time world champion. Two-time Olympic gold medalist. Living legend.

  1. Is This The Golden Age Of American Wrestling?

    Is This The Golden Age Of American Wrestling?

    Jun 16, 2022

    USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender has consistently called this a golden age for American wrestling. And if you look at the output at the senior international level — he’s right.
  2. Vote John Smith For Olympic Hall Of Fame

    Vote John Smith For Olympic Hall Of Fame

    May 11, 2022

    John Smith is one of the best wrestlers in the world. In fact, FloWrestling recently selected him as the greatest American wrestler ever as it counted down the top 100 wrestlers in U.S. history.
  3. Coach Smith vs Coach Brands: By The Numbers

    Coach Smith vs Coach Brands: By The Numbers

    Feb 10, 2022

    We're night upon the 55th meeting between the bluest of college wrestling's bluebloods. Directing those programs are the Hawkeyes' helmsman Tom Brands, now in year 16 of his tenure, and John Smith, who is in his 31st year of corraling the Cowboys.
  4. Top 100: By The Numbers

    Top 100: By The Numbers

    Feb 1, 2022

    Below is a full listing of FloWrestling's Top 100 American Wrestlers of All Time along with college wrestling affiliations. Several went to multiple colleges, which is why a wrestler may be listed more than once.
  5. Cowboys Gearing Up For Stretch Run

    Cowboys Gearing Up For Stretch Run

    Jan 13, 2022

    Most wrestling aficionados know January marks the “real” beginning of the wrestling season. Sure, a handful of quality duals and tournaments litter the November and December schedule — see the Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational or the traditional-rich Midlands, the Cy-Hawk and Bedlam rivalries of old — but most coaches and athletes will remind you that the run toward March gets going once the second semester begins.
  6. The Top 100 Countdown: 10-1

    The Top 100 Countdown: 10-1

    Jan 8, 2022

    The countdown concludes as FloWrestling has officially released its top 100 greatest American wrestlers of all time. The inaugural episode was released on November 4 and ended with the announcement of the greatest wrestler of all time on January 10, 2022.
  7. Many Of Sport's Elite Wrestlers Not Becoming College Coaches

    Many Of Sport's Elite Wrestlers Not Becoming College Coaches

    Nov 2, 2021

    Will the next great college wrestling coach please stand up?
  8. The Super Staffs Of The NCAA

    The Super Staffs Of The NCAA

    Sep 17, 2021

    For some time now the topic in major team sports leagues has been the formation of super teams and what they can accomplish. With the movement in coaching this summer the question should now arise: what about coaching super staffs in college wrestling? Some may come easily to mind but there are more than you may think.
  9. Bader Show: John Smith Talks Jordan Burroughs

    Bader Show: John Smith Talks Jordan Burroughs

    Jan 11, 2021

    Bader catches up with John Smith and talks about the upcoming super match between Jordan Burroughs and David Taylor.
  10. How Michael Jordan vs LeBron James = Jordan Burroughs vs John Smith

    How Michael Jordan vs LeBron James = Jordan Burroughs vs John Smith

    Jan 7, 2021

    Michael Jordan vs LeBron James. The argument of who is the greatest basketball player of all-time divides family, friends, and instantly provokes a response from everyone no matter what side you are on. While John Smith is widely considered the greatest American wrestler of all-time, we hear you Bruce Baumgartner fans, Jordan Burroughs is currently making a push at the crown. The debate between Smith and Burroughs may not be as heated as MJ-LeBron, but there are several similarities between the two debates.
  11. The Oklahoma Hall Of Fame Inducts John Smith Into Class Of 2020

    The Oklahoma Hall Of Fame Inducts John Smith Into Class Of 2020

    Nov 13, 2020

    The Oklahoma Hall of Fame finally decided to recognize the unparalleled greatness of one of their most beloved citizens. John W. Smith has received Oklahoma's highest honor and has been inducted into the Class of 2020.
  12. The Top 10 Wrestlers Joe Seay Coached At Oklahoma State

    The Top 10 Wrestlers Joe Seay Coached At Oklahoma State

    Jul 28, 2020

    Legendary Oklahoma State wrestling coach and Hall of Famer Joe Seay passed away a year ago this month, and I thought it would be interesting to look at his tenure at OSU and break down the elites from his time as the head man at Oklahoma State. 
  13. Who Could Replace John Smith Once The Oklahoma State Legend Calls It Quits?

    Who Could Replace John Smith Once The Oklahoma State Legend Calls It Quits?

    Jun 8, 2020

    John Smith has been the head coach of Oklahoma State wrestling since 1992. At 54, he’s likely still got some gas in the tank and will continue to coach for the Cowboys for some time. But eventually he’ll hang up the sweater-vest, and I thought it’d be interesting to think about some possibilities that could end up being the replacement for coach Smith. This list is in no particular order.
  14. Creating The Best Oklahoma D1 Lineup Of All Time

    Creating The Best Oklahoma D1 Lineup Of All Time

    Apr 14, 2020

    A few weeks ago I asked my Twitter followers how they would put together an all-time great college dual team with the current weights using athletes from their home states. The responses were great and really got me curious. So, I did the research and have now put together the best possible team for the top 16 states including some formidable back-up teams.
  15. Are You Shooting High Crotches Or Head-Outside-Singles?

    Are You Shooting High Crotches Or Head-Outside-Singles?

    Mar 29, 2020

    I like to make a distinction between a high crotch and a head-outside-single. One thing that you should probably understand is that this is less of a rule and more of a coaching preference. I started making the distinction when I was teaching kids in order to separate the ideas in my athletes' heads. If you have any insight into how you teach the difference between these two specific techniques, please get a hold of me. I'd love to hear it.