By Jason Elmquist
STILLWATER, Okla. —
• Editor’s Note: Over the next two weeks, The Stillwater NewsPress will highlight current and former Oklahoma State wrestlers who will be taking part in the U.S. World Team Trials, which will be held in Stillwater June 21-23 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Today, The NewsPress highlights former Cowboy wrestler and Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott.
Any time you can call yourself an Olympic medalist, the target is bound to be massive.
For former Oklahoma State wrestler Coleman Scott, winning a bronze medal at the London Olympic Summer Games has brought an added sense of pressure and competition. And he expects nothing less when he competes in the U.S. World Team Trials at Gallagher-Iba Arena on June 21-23.
“Of course there’s a little bit more pressure, which I think is because more people are looking at you,” said Scott, who competes at 60 kilograms in freestyle competition. “It’s nothing big, but if you don’t have pressure, you’re not winning is what coach always says.
“Everybody is sort of critical of you if you can’t repeat what you did last summer, but I like it and I like proving people wrong. There’s still a lot of people who doubt me and some consider it a fluke. So there’s also a lot of motivation going into this and prove to guys that this is still my weight class — it was last year and it’s going to be again this year, and probably will be for the next three or four years.”
With the hardware from the Olympics draped around his neck, Scott understands the pressure isn’t simply on proving himself. It’s also having to go up against wrestlers looking to make a name for themselves by adding a victory over an Olympic medalist to their resume.
“Guys come harder because they want to take something from you,” the former OSU wrestler said. “Any time you wrestle somebody who is a big name, you always have a little better match because of the sheer fact that you’re going to get up and motivated for it.”
Scott’s performance on the Olympic stage added to the storied tradition of Oklahoma State wrestling. And that tradition will build with the team trials as he is only just one of five senior wrestlers who competed at OSU that will take part in the trials — along with five junior wrestlers, who still don Cowboy singlets, and a Greco-Roman wrestler in Nolan Boyd.
“It’s crazy to think we’ll have that many people wrestling that weekend,” Scott said. “But that’s Oklahoma State, the greatest program there’s ever been in any sport really. It just goes to show it’s not just us saying it, our numbers back it up.”