“He helped himself a lot to get him to the NCAA championships with that win,” Smith said of Marsden's victory Friday night.
OSU, 17-1, won eight of the 10 matches and completed an unbeaten dual season in the Big 12 conference at 6-0.
“Overall it was a good effort just from the standpoint of being a little bit more aggressive,” Smith said. “I liked what I saw from Bailey.”
Bailey was nursing a knee injury and Smith didn't know what to expect from his 165-pounder.
“It was a nice win for him,” Smith said. “It just seems like it's been a month since he won. Of course, he has wrestled some of the better 165-pounders in the country. Hopefully that will help him get to another level.”
Smith also praised Byers' performance.
“He just looked hungry,” Smith said. “He looked excited. He was out there to compete and not win by one but do what he can to put points on the board. I liked the fact that with the lead he was still looking to score. That match definitely stands out.
“And at 174, even though it ended up 6-3, I liked how hard Chris Perry wrestled. I think he is just trying piece a few things together and he's getting closer and closer to competing like he wants to.”
The Cowboys next travel to Missouri, where they will compete in the Big 12 Championship March 3 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.