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John Smith Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!

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Who is John Smith?

John Smith is widely considered the greatest American wrestler of all time.  As a competitor, John Smith holds two NCAA Division I championships, 6 World Championships, two gold medal performances at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic games.

What This Article Covers:

John Smith attended Oklahoma State University where he competed in folkstyle wrestling.  While at OSU, John Smith earned two national championships and one runner up award.  He finished his college career with a wrestling record of 154-7-2.

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As a teenager, John Smith also competed internationally in freestyle wrestling.  As a freestyle wrestler, he earned four world gold medals and two Olympic gold medals.  As a Senior level wrestler his international freestyle record was 100-5.  He earned 6 consecutive world championships as a competitor.

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As a Head Coach, John Smith holds 5 national championships.  He has spent 30 years as the Head Coach of Oklahoma State.  Since the start of his tenure at his alma mater, OSU has won the team title in 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  Smith has coached 33 different NCAA individual champions.  Five of his wrestlers have competed in the Olympics.

He has led the OSU Cowboys to 21 team conference championships, multiple Big 12 regular season titles and 126 individual conference titles.  Student-athletes under his watch have been recognized as All-Americans 148 times.  John Smith has also coached two wrestlers who have earned the coveted Hodge Trophy in Alex Dieringer and Steve Mocco. 

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How Old is John Smith?

John Smith was born on August 9, 1965.  He is currently 56 years of age.  He has spent 30 of those years as Head Coach of the OSU Cowboys.

John Smith Family

John Smith's family is filled with athletic accomplishment.  His older brother Lee Roy and his younger brother Pat have both earned NCAA National Championship honors.  His youngest brother, Mark has also been ranked in the top 5 in the nation three different times.

John Smith's nephews Mark and Chris Perry have also secured National Championships of their own.  John Smith's son Joe also earned NCAA All-American honors twice while wrestling at OSU.  The black sheep of the family would have to be nephew JT Realmuto who is a Major League baseball player.

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How Much is John Smith Worth?

John Smith earns just under $500,000 a year as Head Coach at Oklahoma State University.

How Much Does John Smith Weigh?

 John Smith wrestled at 136 lbs during his competitive wrestling days.

John Smith Coaching Credentials (From OSU Website)

 Coaching Career
:: Oklahoma State’s All-Time Winningest Coach with a 449-65-6 career record
:: Two-Time NWCA National Coach of the Year (1994, 2003)
:: Five-Time NCAA Champion Coach (1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
:: 23-Time Conference Champion Coach (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 (reg seas), 2013 (reg seas/tourn), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
:: 13-Time Big 12 Coach of the Year (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
:: Two-Time Big Eight Coach of the Year (1994, 1996)
:: 33 NCAA Individual Champions Coached
:: 148 NCAA All-Americans Coached
:: 126 Conference Individual Champions Coached
:: Coach, USA Olympic Wrestling Team (2000, 2012)
:: Coach, USA Men’s World Championships Team (1998, 2009, 2010, 2011)
:: Coach, USA Women’s World Championships Team (2017)
:: Coach, USA World Cup Team (1997)
:: Coach, USA Women’s Cadet World Team (2018)
 
Wrestling Career
:: Six-Time World Champion Wrestler (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
:: Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist (1988, 1992)
:: Two-Time Pan American Games Gold Medalist (1987, 1991)
:: Two-Time Goodwill Games Gold Medalist (1986, 1990)
:: Two-Time NCAA Wrestling Champion (1987, 1988)
:: Three-Time NCAA All-American (1985, 1987, 1988)
:: Three-Time Big Eight Champion (1985, 1987, 1988)
:: First North American wrestler to claim the Amateur Athletic Foundation World Trophy (1992)
:: First Ever American to earn FILA’s Master of Technique Award (Best technical wrestler in the world, 1990)
:: First Wrestler to win James E. Sullivan Award (Nation’s top amateur athlete, 1990)
:: U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year (1990)
:: FILA Outstanding Wrestler of the Year (1991)
:: USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year (1989)
:: Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year (1988)
:: U.S. Olympic Committee Titan Award (2004)
:: Named one of the 100 Greatest Olympians of All-Time (1996)
:: Member, FILA Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2003)
:: Distinguished Member, National Wrestling Hall of Fame (inducted in 1997)
:: Member, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (inducted in 1997)
:: Member, NCAA 75th Anniversary Team (2005)
:: NWCA College Wrestler of the Year (1987) 

 Additional Honors:

The high school John Smith attended named their Field House after him.  John Smith also has a wrestling move named after him.

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 Besides being one of the greatest wrestlers in American history, it can be argued that his production as a coach far exceeds his personal accomplishments.  He has lead the OSU wrestling team to 5 championships.  He has coached 5 future Olympians and 33 individual national champions.

John Smith's Record

John Smith has been an elite level wrestler his entire life.  As a high school athlete, he achieved a 105-5 record.  In college, at Oklahoma State University, he compiled a 152-8-2 record.  In the area of freestyle wrestling, he achieved a 77-3 record domestically and a 100-5 record as an international freestyle athlete. 

Is John Smith Retired?

John Smith is not retired.  He is still an active Head Coach with Oklahoma State University.  Besides being Head Coach at Oklahoma State University, he is also working with both Fanatic Wrestling and BJJ Fanatics to produce grappling instructional resources for athletes worldwide.

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