Lee Roy Smith Jr.

Lee Roy Smith, Jr. is best known for fathering four of the greatest wrestlers in the history of Oklahoma, but his contributions extend far beyond that. When fourth grader Lee Roy Smith III came home from school in 1967 and told his dad he wanted to wrestle, "Big Lee" as he is affectionately known, jumped right in to help. For the next 30 years, as his sons Lee Roy, John, Pat and Mark moved through the Mid-Del School System and on to Oklahoma State University, Big Lee helped organize numerous scholastic and Olympic-style events at virtually every competitive level. He was a founding member of the Del City Junior Sports Association, vice president of the Del City Takedown Club and a board member of Oklahoma USA Wrestling. He moved mats, drew brackets, assisted at weigh-ins and kept score. When the Mid Del School Board had an unexpected vacancy, Smith was appointed to fill the spot, then promptly won re-election. One of his priorities was ensuring that Mid Del always hired well-qualified wrestling coaches. He frequently opened his home to wrestlers from across the country and around the world. He served as Floor Manager for two Division I and one Division II NCAA tournaments held in Oklahoma and volunteered at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Since 1977, he has missed only two NCAA Division I Championships. Lee Roy continues to volunteer his services to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. For his tireless effort to build wrestling, Lee Roy Smith, Jr. is honored with the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.


Lifetime Service to Wrestling

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