Former Stillwater star Chandler Rogers stepped on the mat during the Junior National Duals championship with a lot on line.
Rogers was bumped up a weight class and facing a tough opponent in the middle of a back-and-forth dual that had already seen six lead changes in the first nine matches.
The Oklahoma State signee came through with a pin, putting Oklahoma in front for good as the team won five of the final six matches to claim a 38-29 victory over Minnesota Blue. It was Oklahoma’s first title in the event since 2002.
“I had the same plan no matter what weight I was going to wrestle at,” Rogers said. “This was about wrestling for a national title, so that’s all I was focused on. Sometimes you bump up and could get an easier guy, but this time I bump up and get the third-ranked guy in the nation. I’m pretty excited we were able to win this dual.”
Oklahoma finished 8-0 at the event, and also defeated Iowa Blue (40-25), Utah (41-23), and New Jersey (33-30) on Saturday.
Rogers, who went 7-0 for Oklahoma over the two-day tournament, was forced to bump up due to a shoulder injury suffered by former Edmond North star and OU signee Lance Dixon
“At an event like this, you’re always going to have some injuries because it’s a lot of high quality wrestling over four days,” said coach Bobby Cook. “But our guys our tough and they all stepped up.”