Oklahoma State winter sports seniors whose seasons were ended early because of the COVID-19 pandemic will have to hang up their college jerseys after a recent NCAA decision.
In an announcement on March 30, the NCAA determined that only spring sport athletes will be granted another year of eligibility, which ends winter sports athletes’ college careers.
The OSU basketball senior class has been through it all in its time in Stillwater. Four of the six Cowboy seniors have gone through two head coaches, a teammate’s death, a team with five walk-ons and an FBI probe. Then they couldn’t finish their final season in the Cowboy uniform because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seniors Thomas Dziagwa, Lindy Waters III and Cameron McGriff are three of five Cowboys to win at all road venues in the Big 12.
Dziagwa ends his OSU career ranked fourth in made three-point shots with 251. He was a career 41% 3-point shooter, which ranks eighth in school history. He accounted for 918 points in his Cowboy career.
Waters finishes his career with 1,152 points becoming, the 42nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point total. He started 104 games in his four seasons in Stillwater. He became only the 11th OSU player to record 1,000-points, 250 assists and 100 steals.
McGriff led the Cowboys in scoring for the second season in a row in 2020 and missed only one career game. He finishes his career with 132 appearances, which is seventh-most all-time. He is the eighth Cowboy with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.
The Cowboys were set to host an NIT first round game according to Joe Lunardi of ESPN.
OSU wrestling had four seniors on its roster and all of them saw time on the mat during their careers.
Most notably four-time Big 12 champion and two-time All-American Nick Piccininni’s career as a Cowboy is over before he could make another run at the NCAA Championships. He has 126 career wins including an undefeated regular season in 2019. Piccininni was 26-2 in the 2020 season with four wins against ranked opponents. His only two losses came to the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked wrestlers in his weight class at the NCAA Championships.
Joe Smith, son of wrestling coach John Smith, ended his career early because of the pandemic. Joe earned a bid into the 2020 NCAA Championships as the No. 12 seed at the 174-pound weight class. Joe was 12-6 this season and finished third at the Big 12 Championship.
Andrew Shomers ,Andrew Marsden, Clitan De Sousa, Mariam Gnanou, Trey Reeves, Jonathan Laurent and J.K. Hadlock are the remaing senior athletes whose final seasons were cut short.