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July 31, 2012

Stillwater High School wrestling duo among best of the best

STILLWATER, Okla. — Before the summer began Stillwater High School wrestler Kaid Brock said he didn’t think he and Joe Smith were really that good. Even though Smith won a state championship and Brock finished third, they had yet to really prove themselves against elite competition.

Now, Brock and Smith can say they’re one of the best in the nation.

The Stillwater duo each finished second in their respective weight classes at the Cadet Freestyle Nationals last week in Fargo, N.D., ending a summer of traveling to national tournaments — including representing the Oklahoma team at the national dual competition in Daytona, Fla., where both went undefeated and earned all-American honors.

“I really didn’t figure that we were that good,” Brock said. “But all it takes is time and hard work. While most kids were off enjoying their summer by hanging out and partying, Joe and I were working to become better wrestlers. Now, we’re both all-Americans.

“I knew in both those tournaments I had a lot of ranked guys that I was going to have to go against. I just set my mind on beating them and then went out and did it.”

Their success in the national tournaments has served notice to other high schools in the state that Stillwater is on the rise.

“To have both of us go undefeated in Florida was pretty amazing,” Smith said. “It’s definitely good for the Stillwater High School program. It shows that teams in our state shouldn’t take us lightly.”

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