The Cowboys have won 991 dual meets, lost only 111 and tied 22 in 91 years of varsity competition.O-State clinched or shared an impressive 24 Big Eight titles out of a possible 38 while a member of the league from 1958 to 1996.
Adding national championships in 2003, 2004, 20, Smith has led his alma mater to four of the last eight NCAA crowns, and the Cowboys now have 34 NCAA team championships. By any measure, Oklahoma State has built a wrestling legacy unmatched by any other college wrestling program over many decades.
That is more national titles than any other school has in any sport. And the man who laid the strong foundation for that legacy is Ed Gallagher, Cowboys wrestling coach from 1916 through 1940.
Since joining the Big 12 for the 1996-97 season, OSU has claimed nine of the 14 titles.
In the early years under coach Gallagher, the Oklahoma A&M squads won seven NAAU titles, six Southwest Conference titles and four Missouri Valley Conference titles.
During the remarkable history of OSU wrestling, unbeaten streaks of 70 (1921-32 under Gallagher), 73 (1996-2000 under Smith), 76 (1937-51 under Gallagher and Griffith) and 84 (1959-66 under Roderick) duals were reeled off by the Cowboys. As head coach, Gallagher's Cowboys racked up a 136-5-4 overall record for an incredible .952 winning percentage.
During his 24 seasons at the reins, Gallagher's teams had nineteen undefeated seasons, winning eleven NCAA team titles.As a student at Oklahoma State -- then called Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College -- Gallagher set 100-yard dash and hurdle records that stood for thirty years.In 1908, he ran 99 yards for a touchdown against Kansas State, which still stands as an Oklahoma State record for longest run from scrimmage.However, in his second year, Gallagher's matmen wrestled three duals, winning two (against Emporia State and Texas), and tying with Arkansas.That winning momentum was sidelined after the 1916-17 season; because of World War I, there was no wrestling team at Oklahoma State, as most of the male students were serving in the military or reserves.and he was named one of three "Best Wrestling Coaches" in an online poll of wrestling fans for the NCAA 75th Anniversary Team honors in 2005.