“I have loved wrestling with a passion. It's always been one of those sports close to my heart, but the (college) opportunities in football really outweighed wrestling for me.”
Freeman, who scored 29 on the ACT and was a National Merit Scholarship quarterfinalist, turned down offers from Dartmouth and Cornell to play Division I football at Washington State.
On the mat, Freeman has been the top wrestler on the best Midwest City wrestling team in five years, the last time the Bombers won a state championship.
Midwest City once was a powerhouse in wrestling, winning 14 state championships from 1971 to 1995. The Bombers won two more team titles in 2007 and 2008.
In addition to those 16 state championships, the Bombers also have five state dual titles.
“Forty percent of the banners hanging in the field house are wrestling,” Wilson said. “It's a big, big tradition.”
Wilson, a former Ponca City wrestler whose uncle, Shelby Wilson, was an Olympic wrestling champion in 1960, is trying to return the Bombers to their glory days.
“Are we back?,” Wilson said. “No. But we are definitely headed in that direction.”
This was the first season in five years that Midwest City qualified for the state dual tournament, where they lost in the first round to Broken Arrow.
Midwest City is expected Saturday to qualify more wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament than the Bombers have in five years.
“We are just now beginning to be the team we once were,” Wilson said.