No. 8 Smith of WVU out for NCAAs due to injury

West Virginia University's Jake Smith will not be competing at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, it was announced on Wednesday.

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Smith, who is ranked No. 8 by InterMat at 197 pounds, suffered a lower leg injury in the finals of the Big 12 Championships.

He was examined by the medical staff at the Big 12 Championships, and then at WVU when he returned to Morgantown. It was determined that he would be out for the remainder of the season.

"We would like to thank the Big 12 medical staff as well as our medical staff for their professionalism in handling the situation," said WVU head wrestling coach Sammie Henson. "We are saddened that Jake will not be able to represent West Virginia and cap off an exceptional season on the national scene."

Smith, who competed at the NCAAs in 2015 and 2016, finishes his junior season with a 20-5 record.


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