Jan. 28, 2011
Coach John Smith
On if the team understood the importance of winning the 1,000th dual in school history:
"I think so. We talked about how we wanted to win the 1,000th. You don't have an opportunity to be a part of something like this often and I was pleased with our performance. We had several mistakes; several things that were a little bit frustrating, but effort and picking up points, that was fun to watch."
On what the 1,000th win means to him personally:
"I'm a small part of it and I got lucky. I was lucky to be around on the 1,000th. Coach Gallagher, Coach Griffith, our coaches have been so successful. From the very beginning, Oklahoma State has been a leader in skill and technique and development. Coach Gallagher was so instrumental in spreading wrestling across the country, it's unbelievable. Without Coach Gallagher, the sport may never have hit the East Coast or the West Coast. One of his missions was to make sure that it did that and it grew because of him. A lot of this recognition tonight is his start and it's pretty amazing because you don't win 1,000 victories unless you have a real commitment, not just from coaches and athletes, but from administration. Wrestling has been important here and the administration has always supported it."
On who impressed him against Northern Colorado:
"I still like the way Blake Rosholt is coming out and stepping up and maturing through the year. I think he's going to be an important part of our future here. I like the way Chris Perry bounced back after a little shaky first period. Jordan Oliver, tech fall in the first period - that's a lot of points. I don't know if people realize, but that's hard to do. I don't think he could do that against my 13-year-old son. He's pretty good. Up and down the lineup, I liked Ladd Rupp, first time out. First time in our singlet, first time out, from Perry, Oklahoma. He'd been thinking about this a long time. He probably didn't wrestle the greatest match he wanted to, but good effort and first time down to weight, I was proud of him."
Jamal Parks - 149 pounds
On the team’s performance:
"I think we all wrestled very well, which was what we expected, but we still had to come out here and wrestle tough. I had a pretty tough match. I wish I would have gotten a couple more takedowns, but it is what it is."
On being part of Oklahoma State’s 1,00th all-time dual victory:
"It means a lot. It is a big part of history that I am glad to be a part of. I certainly haven't been part of the last 600 like Coach Smith, but I have been here for a lot of them. I am just honored to be a part of it."
On being a part of a team as prestigious as Oklahoma State:
"It was something that I was dreaming about since I got into wrestling. It is every little kid’s dream."
Ladd Rupp – 125 pounds
On being part of Oklahoma State’s 1,000th all-time dual victory:
"We have a good wrestling tradition and we have always wrestled well, but this puts us out there. It lets people know that we are still breaking records, we are still working hard in the room and on the mat."
On wrestling for Coach John Smith:
"You grow up as a little kid wrestling and you hear about this guy winning all of these gold medals, and that is your dream. He can be your enemy and he can be your friend, but he is a great coach and he knows how to handle the relationship where he is not going to baby you, so it is really good."
On his first match this season:
"Truthfully, I think I wrestled a little soft and maybe a little defensive. It was my first match back from a broken ankle. It was a good experience for me, but I am not close to where I need to be. I've got stuff to work on."