A combination of intellect and talent has sent Mead wrestler Jordan Rogers on Gulliver-like travels and drawn coast-to-coast recruiting attention from Ivy League universities to Stanford.
But the journey is not yet over for the Oklahoma State signee and one of the finest wrestlers in Greater Spokane League history.
Jordan, good buddy Jeremy Golding and Jordan’s brother Chandler begin pursuit of repeat state championships with this weekend’s District 8 4A tournament at Mead.
Both Jordan and Jeremy are chasing third titles. Chandler, just a sophomore, is after his second. They are a combined 87-1 this year. Jordan has pinned all 29 foes and has won 70 straight over the last two seasons for a four-year career 120-6 record.
He has wrestled in Mexico at the Pan American championships. He competed in the World Youth Championships in Singapore. He’s wrestled in Hungary.
He’s trained at the U.S. Olympic center in Colorado Springs, Colo., competed in freestyle and Greco-Roman events in Fargo, N.D., and the FILA cadet championships in Akron, Ohio, where last summer he won championships in both disciplines.
More recently he was named to the U.S. team that competes in March’s Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in Pittsburgh. He’s one of three GSL wrestlers so selected since 2000.
“I chose Oklahoma State because it boiled down to a lot of factors,” Jordan said. “I definitely have Olympic dreams and want to go to the world championships. It came down to the best fit for me if I want to get to that level.”
In assessing Mead’s upcoming postseason, Rogers spoke more about his fellow state champs than himself.
“Jeremy is one of the toughest people I’ve ever seen wrestle,” Jordan said. “If he’s in a bad position, he’ll do funky stuff in order to not give up points.”
Teammates say Jordan is both punishing and technically sound with an uncanny ability to see his moves before they happen.
“After dual meets we will go over video and he shows me stuff I need to do,” Chandler said. “My brother’s goal is to get me to be a four-timer (state champion).”