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July 6, 2014

Stillwater High wrestlers prepare for Fargo Nationals

STILLWATER, Okla. — Joe Smith, Kaid Brock, Chandler Rogers, Tristan Moran and Andrew Nieman each won individual state wrestling championships while helping the Stillwater Pioneers win the team state title. Next week, they will try to win national championships as they are competing on the Oklahoma team at the Fargo Nationals starting on Saturday.

“It’s nice being on a good team in your hometown,” Smith said. “It’s really fun having them all there. It used to be just Kaid and I and one other person at nationals. It’s really exciting to have three other guys coming with us.”

The tournament will run through July 20. All five wrestlers competed last week in the Junior National Duals in Oklahoma City and helped Oklahoma win the championship. Rogers and Brock made the All-Tournament team with both posting 7-0 records. Rogers said he did well but saw some things to improve.

“I feel I could have wrestled a little bit better,” Rogers said. “Going undefeated, I wrestled pretty well. I respect coaches for letting me wrestle up a weight to win that championship match.”

Brock said he hopes to come away with a title after coming close in his previous appearances.

"I have been training very hard and I have stiff competition," Brock said. "But it's the best part — rising to the occasion and taking on that competition."

This year’s tournament will be Smith’s fourth. He is coming off a 6-1 record at the Junior National Duals. The Stillwater senior said he is looking forward to going against the country’s best.

“Everyone wants that perfect 7-0 record,” Smith said. “I lost to the No. 2 wrestler in my class and I’m No. 3. The past two years, I’ve gotten second and third. I’m looking forward to seeing those guys in in Fargo and facing competition.”

Rogers, not only got to wrestle with his Stillwater High teammates last weekend, he got to wrestle with some of his future Oklahoma State University teammates.

“It was good to get that comraderie going in a dual setting,” Rogers said.

Smith, who also verbally committed to OSU said he is looking forward to continuing to compete them the next few years.

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