Junior National Duals: Oklahoma team wins freestyle title

by Trent Shadid Published: June 28, 2014

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.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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