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Oklahoma State wrestling: John Smith becomes 5th all-time winningest D1 coach

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The winningest active D1 head coach picks up his 428th career victory.

2017 NCAA Div I Wrestling Championships Session Six Photo by Hunter Martin/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Oklahoma State’s John Smith is the winningest active NCAA Division 1 wrestling coach, and Sunday he took another step to becoming the winningest coach of all time.

Smith moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time win list with 428 victories after the No. 7-ranked Cowboys defeated No. 12 Minnesota, 21-12 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. The 54-year-old Smith entered the dual tied with former Arizona State and Iowa State coach Bobby Douglas, who was a member of the Cowboys’ 1964 NCAA championship team. Douglas also coached Smith at the 1992 Olympics, where Smith won his second Olympic title and sixth world-level gold.

The Cowboys will have to win 13 of their remaining 14 duals this season for Smith to pass former OSU wrestler and Minnesota coach J Robinson for fourth all-time.

All-time D1 wrestling coaching wins

  1. Dale Thomas (Oregon State, 1957-90) — 616
  2. Harold Nichols (Iowa State/Arkansas State, 1948-85) — 492
  3. Gary Taylor (Rider, 1977-2017) — 442
  4. J Robinson (Minnesota, 1988-2016) — 440
  5. John Smith (Oklahoma State, 1992-Present) — 428

*Includes only D1 wins