Stillwater Tough: Pioneers Wrestling – Presented by Ortho Oklahoma

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Hovering around that No. 10 ranking for most of the season, Stillwater and head coach Doug Chesbro will look to make a move as dual season comes to a close. 

The Pioneers have big wins over Southmoore, Shawnee, Perry, and Blackwell. They also had a great showing at the Larry Wilkey Invitational at Jenks High School. 

Two move-backs have certainly helped the program. Carter Young won a state title last season at Sand Springs, wrestling at 106-pounds. This season he is wrestling at 120-pounds. Cade Nicholas was a state champion last year with Perry at 120-pounds and is now the 126-pounder for Stillwater. 

“We had two kids, who had previously moved away from Stillwater, move back. Both are sophomores and will be in the starting lineup,” said coach Chesbro at the start of the season. 

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Senior Sam Smith is another wrestler with state tournament experience. Smith wrestled to a third place finish at state last year. This year he looks to work his way up the podium at heavyweight. 

One wrestler everyone is routing for this season is Skyler Lancaster. Having to move up in weight is never an easy task, but Lancaster accepted the decision and working hard to represent Stillwater this season. 

“Instead of checking it in, he readily accepted the fact that we would have to move up two weight classes, in order to help the team. He never complained or stopped training, just moved ahead,” said coach Chesbro of Lancaster. 

Senior Christian McCutcheon was close to making the state tournament last year and is focused on stamping his ticket this season. He will wrestle at 160-pounds, while a pair of freshmen dot the lineup in Gabe Fontanez (106) and Dax Hughes (138) are promising prospects. 

Other guys looking to push this team to dual state are Henry Warren, a junior wrestling at 113-pounds, Tanner Robinson, a junior wrestling at 145-pounds and a sophomore, Brett Black, wrestling at 152-pounds. 

“We had a fairly young team coming into this year, but they are much more seasoned and they really like to compete,” said Chesbro.