Oklahoma State wrestling has a rich history of success, and it doesn't look like anything will change this season.
The Cowboys will be returning three All-Americans, including National Champion Alex Dieringer, who will bump up to the 165-pound weight class this season.
"Obviously you get a lot more confidence after you're on top, but Coach always tells me it's the second one that's even harder, so I've got to keep training hard," Dieringer said.
At 165-pounds, Dieringer will be the anchor in what he describes as "Death Row," which features Josh Kindig at 149-pounds and Anthony Collica at 157. Kindig was just short of a national title last season after falling to Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis in the finals at Oklahoma City. As a frshman, Collica claimed a Big 12 title at 141-pounds last year and will be taking Dieringer's old spot this season at 157.
Austin Miller will begin the rotation at 125-pounds. Miller is currently starting over 2014 Big 12 Champion, Eddie Klimara.
Klimara was kicked off the team last year during the NCAA Tournament after drug issues. The junior has since been reinstated, but coach John Smith says the veteran will have to fight for his job back.
The biggest position battle may be at the 133-pound weight class. Brian Crutchmer is currently getting the nod, but freshman Gary Wayne Harding is making a valid argument for the starting job.
Harding beat Crutchmer in a ranking match, 10-4, but Smith says he finds the rookie inconsistent.
Davey Dolan and Nolan Boyd have their positions locked up at 141 and 184-pounds, respectively.
Jordan Rogers will follow "Death Row" at 174-pounds, and Austin Schafer has sealed his spot at 197-pounds.
Senior Austin Marsden is the final returning Poke to receive All-American honors. Marsden will round out the lineup at 285-pounds.