Putnam City's Keegan and Zach Moore each had different endings to last season, but the same disappointment.
Keegan finished third in the 120-pound division in Class 6A, losing in the semifinals for just his second loss. Zach's season, though, ended in regionals with a shoulder injury.
Now as sophomores, the identical twins are looking to build off that experience.
And they are getting some help not only from veteran Putnam City coach Steve Ferguson, but from their uncle Hardell Moore, who was a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State in the late ‘90s.
“He's been the role model,” Zach said about Hardell, who has coached them since they were 4. “He's the one who helped us start wrestling, and he's the one why I still wrestle because I want to be remembered like he is at OSU.”
Their other uncle, Howard, was a two-time national champion at Central Oklahoma, giving them a strong wrestling pedigree few can match.
Keegan will wrestle at 132 pounds this season, while Zach enters at 138. Both are higher weights than last season, but neither has lost confidence.
“Whenever I lost, it was like I shouldn't have lost,” Keegan said. “This year all I want to do is dominate everyone and hopefully nothing will hold me back like injuries or anything.”
Keegan, though, was held out of Tuesday's dual with Norman North due to a minor knee injury. But Ferguson said he will wrestle in this weekend's Putnam City Invitational, where he hopes to beat Moore's Josh Lindsey after losing to him last season.
Zach said he is back to 100 percent after he also missed the summer with an elbow injury while Keegan wrestled in the Junior & Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D.
“Last year I didn't get to (compete in state and nationals) and I sat up in the stands with the spectators, and that drives me to work even harder in the wrestling room because every time I'm down I remember that moment,” Zach said.
Ferguson said the twins are showing more maturity this season and he expects big things from them this season and in the future.
But for now that taste of last season is all that remains.
“You get that taste and it's not a good taste at all,” Hardell said.