With one signature and a bell ringing in the background, Guthrie senior Landry Chappell became a member of the Oklahoma State Cowboy wrestling program, Thursday morning, inside the Guthrie High School Library.
Chappell has been an instrumental part in help building the Guthrie wrestling program, and did so by winning the 215 Class 5A state championship last winter, along with teammate Bryan Dutton. Both wrestlers will attempt to become the second and third BlueJays to win two state championships for GHS.
Guthrie head coach Jack O’Connor understands that many wrestlers across the state grow up wanting to wrestle for such a premier program like Oklahoma State.
This season the Cowboys signed seven grapplers to their roster with five of those coming from the Sooner state.
“The wrestling community know how big this is,” O’Connor said following the ceremony. “This is a great opportunity for him because he has decided to go and compete against the best.”
Chappell is a three-sport athlete for the Jays football, wrestling and baseball teams, and not just a three-sport athlete, but a stand-out in all three.
On the gridiron, Chappell has been labeled as one of the best linebackers to suit up for the program and has proven that by collecting more tackles than any other BlueJay in school history. In baseball, he was named to All-State and All-CIty teams as well as being selected to the Junior Sunbelt team last summer.
By playing all three sports, it has kept Chappell from perhaps concentrating on one particular sport and O’Connor, who see’s Chappell just a few months of the year, says it will be different for him, but that he likes his wrestlers who participate in other sports.
“It does not take much to figure out that he will get more reps, compete and concentrate on one thing by going 9 to 12 months,” O’Connor said as Chappell when he makes the transition to one sport.
“He has wrestled his best at the state tournament and that’s because these kids grow up competing in three, four sports and he knows when it is time to shine,” O’Connor concluded with.
Cowboy Wrestling Signees (via Okstate.com):
Landry Chappell – Guthrie, Okla. (Guthrie High School)
Chappell won the 2011 5A state championship at 215 pounds and is 7-1 all-time in the state tournament. He played linebacker for Guthrie’s football team and had 178 tackles and five sacks in 2010. He also played baseball was named to the first team of the Oklahoman’s All-Big City team. The Guthrie mayor named Sept. 6 “Landry Chappell Day” in honor of his athletic and academic achievements.
Conner Cline – Blackwell, Okla. (Blackwell High School)
Cline won the Oklahoma 4A state title at 112 pounds to close his junior year in 2011.
Brian Crutchmer – Tulsa, Okla. (Union High School)
Crutchmer was the class 6A runner-up as a sophomore and junior at 135 pounds. He was also a Freestyle All-American in 2011.
Kyle Crutchmer – Tulsa, Okla. (Union High School)
Crutchmer won the class 6A state championship at 171 pounds in 2011. He was named a Freestyle All-American in 2011 and also plays safety for Union’s storied football program.
Chase Ferman – Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow High School)
Ferman won the 6A state title in 2011 at 135 pound and was a high school teammate of current Cowboy Zach Skates. HSWrestling.net rates him as the No. 10 prospect at 135 pounds nationally. He went 34-2 in 2011 and placed second in the 2011 Junior Greco-Roman Fargo Nationals at 135 pounds. He also placed fourth in the 2010 Junior Greco-Roman Fargo Nationals at 130 pounds.
Case Garrison – St. Paris, Ohio (Graham High School)
Garrison helped lead St. Paris Graham to its 11th-straight state championship with a second-place finish at 135 pounds last year. He was named an honorable mention for the best 135-pounder by HSwrestling.net. Wrestling USA Magazine ranked him No. 7 among high school freshman and sophomores at 125 pounds as a freshman at Bishop Lynch in Texas. Garrison is the grandson of former Oklahoma State and Dallas Cowboy fullback Walt Garrison.
Jordan Rogers – Spokane, Wash. (Mead High School)
Rogers is wrestling at 182 pounds for Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. He is the preseason No. 1-ranked wrestler nationally in his weight class by several outlets including Intermatwrestle.com and WIN Magazine. In the 2010-11 season, he won the ASCIC National Championship in Greco and Freestyle at 171 pounds, earning a pin or tech fall against every opponent. The two-time winner at the WIAA State Championships was also a double champion at the FILA Cadet Nationals in Ohio, where he was named Outstanding Wrestler, and represented the United States at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Hungary in August. Rogers also received All-America honors at the Fargo ASICS Championships for his third-place finish in Greco and second-place finish in Freestyle.