Oklahoma State will have to wait at least another year to see if they’ll have an Olympian after the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were postponed due to the coronavirus, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
OSU wrestling alums Alex Dieringer, Jordan Oliver and Chandler Rogers and redshirt sophomore Daton Fix — who took an Olympic redshirt this season — have qualified for the United States’ Olympic Trials, which were postponed March 13 due to the coronavirus. The Trials were scheduled for April 4-5 at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Fix (57 kilograms) and Dieringer (86 kg) had their respective weight class qualified in men’s freestyle and so did Rogers (87 kg) in Greco-Roman this past weekend at the Pan-American Games in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Fix, Dieringer and Rogers would need to win the Trials to make the Olympic team. Oliver (65 kg), however, would need to win the last chance qualifier — which has also been postponed — and the Trials to head to Tokyo.
Continue to train... continue to stay ready!— Jordan Oliver (@that_dude_JO) March 23, 2020
This situation right here and now is what we grow from! The decision to think negative or POSITIVE.. to embrace the change and challange and continue to do the right things and make the right decisions daily in your everyday life when adversity strikes and throws you a curveball!— Jordan Oliver (@that_dude_JO) March 23, 2020
Coleman Scott was OSU’s last Olympic wrestler in 2012, when he won bronze at 60 kg in freestyle in London. Kendall Cross (125.5kg) is the last Cowboy to win Olympic gold in 1996 in Atlanta.
OSU soccer alum Adrianna Franch is in competition to be the United States’ Women’s Soccer team’s backup goalkeeper for the Olympics. Franch was the No. 3 goalie behind Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris on the USWNT’s 2019 World Cup championship team, and all three were named to the USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup team in February.