Kenny Monday is an Olympic champion, and John Smith is an Olympic legend.
So when the news dropped Tuesday morning that the International Olympic Committee plans to cut wrestling from the 2020 Games, it certainly stung both.
But despite that potential move, the two men's legacy will remain intact, their historical imprint still significant, their influence on the sport still celebrated.
But the future Mondays or Smiths or Cael Sandersons, that's who might have been affected the most by Tuesday's announcement.
High school seniors across the state are 17 or 18 today, but when the 2020 Games roll around seven years from now, the latest batch of talented wrestlers (particularly from this tradition-rich state) will be 24 or 25.
They'll just be entering their athletic primes, with no stage to sculpt a legacy.
“You'll never be able to take that away from (the current wrestling legends), what they did,” Broken Arrow wrestling coach Shawn Jones said. “But the kids out there, the youngsters out there that are aspiring to be them, that's who it hurts. So it's just sad.”
It's a conversation Jones, and many other coaches across the state, country and even world will likely be forced into during the coming weeks.
With no professional league, the Olympics have become the pinnacle of wrestling. The stage many aspire to reach. A dream that, for the foreseeable future, is no longer there.
“Some of them already know and have asked me about it,” Edmond North coach Andrew Schneider said. “They're just as disappointed as we are. We actually had a wrestler from our program, Teyon Ware, who made the world team a few years ago, he was right there, trying out for the Olympics this past year. So now not having that, it's really going to be a big shock.
“Especially our guys,” Schneider continued. “We've got some higher-level guys with big aspirations, beyond high school wrestling and this may have to make them rethink that.”