STILLWATER, Okla. —
There is no questioning Stillwater’s Joe Smith’s will to win.
Smith won Stillwater News Press Stillwater Athlete of the Week after earning a pin at the 154-pound weight class in the Pioneer’s final dual of the regular season at Muskogee. No. 1 ranked Stillwater won 60-12 to move to 17-0 on the year.
“This year we see our team succeeding. We wrestle for the team and not ourselves,” Smith said.
Smith pinned the Roughers’ Darius Lewis in 3:26 to help Stillwater to a blowout victory.
With the win the junior jumped to 37-0 this year.
Smith is elated to be on his hometown team that has this much success.
Smith has one ring to his name and could grab another two by the end of his high school career. While Smith is going to strive for an individual state title this year, he would also love to capture a team championship.
“The best feeling in the world is to win as a team. I’ve never won a team championship here,” Smith said. “I want to win an individual state championship but it would be more exciting to win as a team.”
From the opening whistle until the very end Smith gives all he has on the mat.
The Pioneers look to Smith for many different reasons.
“He just wrestles. That might sound kind of funny. When the whistle blows he wrestles until the whistle blows again. He just goes. He goes and goes and goes,” Stillwater coach Doug Chesbro said. “Kids want to wrestle like him. Kids across the state don’t want to wrestle him.”
Chesbro said that Smith has not run into a streak breaker this year, instead Smith has been the “big bully on the block.”
Last year Smith knew that Sapulpa had a wrestler that was a state finalist. Smith being the competitor that he is wanted to wrestle him. Smith was two weight classes lower and could not jump two classes because of a rule. But it shows that Smith wants to compete against the best wrestlers out there.
“If he had his choice he would like to wrestle the toughest person on the opposing team every single time he wrestled. That’s rare,” Chesbro said. “He wanted to see how he did against the best person on the opposing team.”
Smith has lost just one match during all of his high school career and throughout middle school.
Andrew Nieman, Stillwater wrestling
Nieman won the lightweight class during Stillwater’s dual at Muskogee by pin in 1:27.
Tyler Dieringer, Stillwater wrestling
Dieringer pinned his opponent at 113 pounds at Muskogee in 1:07.
Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater wrestling
Fontanez earned a pin at Muskogee in 1:43.