No pain, no gain.
For the past four years, that has been the gameplan for the Claremore High School wrestling program under head coach H.M. Chapman.
Chapman’s winning attitude translated into back-to-back Class 5A state duals championships in two of the past three years, and also guided several hard-working individuals to gold medals in their respective weight divisions at the 5A and 6A state wrestling championships held in Oklahoma City.
Seniors Michael Williams and Nick Haugen closed out a stellar wrestling career Friday, earning Class 6A All-State recognition after winning state titles for Claremore two weeks ago at the state meet.
Williams earned his first state championship with a 3-0 win over Union’s Conner Baxter in the 130-pound division.
Haugen, meanwhile, collected his third state title with a 2-0 victory over Edmond Memorial’s Alec Warren in the 145-pound finals.
The two Zebra wrestlers helped Claremore finish third overall with 80 total points.
Also, Catoosa’s Matt Shephard was named to the Class 4A East All-Star team, while Inola’s John Cox was named to the Class 3A East All-Star wrestling team.