A new feature that we will have on TOM is the “All-2000’s Team” for a respective school. We will go weight-by-weight to feature the best lineup that a team could put together comprised of wrestlers that were in action from the year 2000 to now. Their career could have started in the 1990’s, they just need to have one year of competition in the 2000’s. Each wrestler that is mentioned must have competed for one postseason at their weight class (even if it wasn’t the weight they were most known for). A note epsecially for this Oklahoma State feature, no international results were weighed for this feature, just college.
So check out one of the most impressive groups that we will feature on the All-2000’s Team….Oklahoma State!
125 – Coleman Scott (Waynesburg, PA) 2004-08
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, 2008 NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (1st-2008; 2nd-2007; 5th-2006; 8th-2005), Two-time Big 12 Champion, Three-time Big 12 finalist
Scott began his career with two All-American seasons at 125 lber, the first famously coming after he was taken out of redshirt in January. Coleman clinched his NCAA title as a senior with a quick, stunning pin over Joey Slaton. Shockingly enough, he’s the only wrestler on the Oklahoma State first team that is not a multiple-time NCAA champion.
Second Team: Nick Piccininni
133 – Johnny Thompson (Putnam City, OK) 2000-04
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (3rd-2004; 1st-2003; 1st-2002; 2nd-2001) Four-time Big 12 Champion
Johnny Thompson was one of two NCAA champions (w/ Jake Rosholt for Oklahoma State in 2003, sparking a run of four consecutive team titles for the Cowboys. In both of his NCAA championship-winning seasons, Thompson defeated Ryan Lewis (Minnesota) in the finals, a wrestler that he was 0-2 against in other matches.
Second Team: Kaid Brock
141 – Dean Heil (Brunswick, OH) 2014-18
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time All-American (1st-2017; 1st-2016; 4th-2015), Three-time Big 12 Champion, Four-time Big 12 finalist
Though he had a rough senior season, by his lofty standards, Dean Heil still put together an incredible college career. In his 2016-17 title run he went undefeated while facing a deep, talented group of contenders. Heil was one of the best scramblers and hardest to score on in the past couple of years.
Second Team: Nathan Morgan
149 – Jordan Oliver (Easton, PA) 2009-13
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (1st-2013; 2nd-2012; 1st-2011; 4th-2010), Four-time Big 12 Champion
Oliver put together an undefeated season in 2011 at 133 lbs and followed that with a runner-up performance in 2012. He proceeded to jump not one but two weight classes, up to 149 pounds, and had another undefeated season, capturing his second NCAA title. Jordan possessed one of the most diverse sets of offensive attacks of any wrestler in his era.
Second Team: Zack Esposito
157 – Johny Hendricks (Edmond, OK) 2003-07
Four-time NCAA Qualifier; Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (2nd-2007; 1st-2006; 1st-2005; 5th-2004), Three-time Big 12 Champion, Four-time Big 12 finalist
We start shuffling around the next four weights because of all the talent the Cowboys have featured at 165 and 174. Hendricks was a 157 lber his freshman year, placing fifth in the nation. Johny was adept at winning close, sometimes controversial decisions, earning him a reputation as one of the heels of college wrestling, an identity that he seemed to thrive on, though he dispelled that notion a bit during his MMA career.
Second Team: Shane Roller
165 – Alex Dieringer (Port Washington, WI) 2012-16
Four-time NCAA Qualifier; Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (1st-2016; 1st-2015; 1st-2014; 3rd-2013), Four-time Big 12 Champion
The three-time champion Dieringer went 98-1 during his final three years in Stillwater, including a 66-0 mark in his two seasons at 165 lbs. After the 2016 campaign, Alex was awarded the Hodge Trophy as he racked up 28 bonus point wins in his 33 victories. Dieringer only lost one match over the course of his career at the NCAA Championship.
Second Team: Tyrone Lewis
174 – Chris Pendleton (Lemoore, CA) 2000-05
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time All-American (1st-2005; 1st-2004; 3rd-2003)
One of the most memorable takeaways from Pendleton’s career was his rivalry with Ben Askren (Missouri). Ben went on to win a pair of Hodge Trophy’s, but he was 1-7 career against Pendleton with two NCAA finals losses. A high school 145 lber, Chris competed as a true freshman for OSU and qualified for Nationals at 165, before redshirting and returning as a force as 174 in 2002-03.
Second Team: Kyle Crutchmer
184 – Chris Perry (Stillwater, OK) 2010-14
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time NCAA Champion, Three-time All-American (1st-2014; 1st-2013; 3rd-2012), Four-time Big 12 Champion
We get to fit Pendleton and Chris Perry onto the list since Chris wrestled his freshman season and part of his sophomore year up at 184 lbs. As a freshman Perry was a match away from the podium, falling in the Round of 12. While winning two titles at 174 pounds, Perry navigated a minefield of dangerous opponents mainly Andrew Howe (Oklahoma), Logan Storley (Minnesota), Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), Matt Brown (Penn State) and Mike Evans (Iowa).
Second Team: Daniel Cormier
197 – Jake Rosholt (Sandpoint, ID) 2002-06
Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Three-time NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (1st-2006; 1st-2005; 3rd-2004; 1st-2003), 2004 Big 12 Champion, Four-time Big 12 finalist
The catchphrase “competing when it mattered the most” was a central theme in three-time NCAA champion Jake Rosholt’s career. The only year in which he won a Big 12 title was the only season that he failed to win an NCAA crown. Rosholt’s NCAA titles came from the tenth, second, and fourth seeds. To win his first NCAA title, as a freshman, Jake majored Scott Baker (Missouri), an opponent that majored him two weeks prior at the Big 12 Championships.
Second Team: Mark Munoz
285 – Steve Mocco (North Bergen, NJ) 2001-06 (2004-06 at Oklahoma State)
Total: Four-time NCAA Qualifier, Two-time NCAA Champion, Four-time All-American (2nd-2006; 1st-2005; 1st-2003; 2nd-2002), Three-time Conference Champion
OSU Total: 2006 NCAA Champion, Two-time NCAA Finalist, Two-time Big 12 Champion
The transfer that almost made message boards explode in the mid-2000’s was when Steve Mocco went from Iowa to Oklahoma State. Mocco’s presence at the end of the Cowboy lineup put the finishing touches on a legendary 2005 team that scored 153 points and came away with five NCAA champions. Mocco was awarded the Hodge Trophy after the 2005 season, on the strength of a 37-0 record with 16 pins.
Second Team: Jared Rosholt