Stillwater’s Carter Young: Wrestling Spotlight Presented By Ortho Oklahoma

By Derrick Smith

Training is a key to becoming a successful athlete, no matter what the sport. The amount of time put in to preparing can mean the difference between first and second place. Stillwater’s Carter Young knows that it is the practice that has got him where he is.

“Staying focused and continuing to work hard are two things that are important for me to continue to get better,” he said. “I enjoy the process of it and the hard work that you have to put in to be good.”

Young, a junior, is a member of the Pioneer’s wrestling team, competing in the 132 pound weight class. He began wrestling when he was four years old. “My parents put me in it when I was four because I had so much energy and they thought it would be a good fit.”

There have been a lot of people to influence Carter throughout his career. But he says there are two people that have made the biggest impact. “My parents, Chris and Christina Young, have given me lots of opportunities,” Carter said. “And they help keep me on the right path.”

Being in Stillwater puts Young near one of the greatest wrestling programs in collegiate history, Oklahoma State University. And Carter has been influenced and has even learned from one of their current team members. “Daton Fix of OSU is someone that I look up to,” he said. “He trained me all through junior high and I really learned a lot. Another wrestler that I like is Olympic gold medalist, Kyle Snyder.”

The hard work that Young has put in helped him reach some big moments, winning his first state title during his freshman season. He also added a second one last year. “Winning those two titles would have to be my best memories from wrestling,” he said. “It felt great to be on that podium and knowing that all my work had paid off.”