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.”