Prep Wrestling Rogers High team preview

Jake Turner (top), Rogers sophomore, against Bailey Fry of Fort Smith Southside, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at King Arena in Rogers. Turner was the 6A-7A state runner-up at 126 last year as a freshman. Turner now competes at 138.


Rogers High returns just two medalists from last year’s team which finished sixth at the Class 6A-7A state tournament, but the Mounties return one of the top wrestlers in the state in Jake Turner.<br><br>

Turner is coming off an outstanding sophomore season in which he went 55-1 and dominated the 138-pound weight class en route to a state title. His lone loss came to Rogers Heritage’s Chance McCrary, who won the state title at 152..<br><br>

Turner is even better this season, Rogers High coach Ken Simmons said.<br><br>

“He was so dominant, it’s hard to improve on 55 and one,” Simmons said. “But he’s faster and more confident in what he’s doing. He’s very hard to score on and he’s beating up on even bigger guys in the room.<br><br>

“He’s put in the time in freestyle and made the 16 on the front side at Fargo. He’s a couple wins from being an All-American.”<br><br>

Turner’s goal is to be Division I collegiate wrestler, Simmons said. <br><br>

Senior Carsen Smith is the only other returning medalist for the Mounties. He won 53 matches and finished fourth at 182 in the state tournament, but struggled with consistency, Simmons said. <br><br>

“That’s still his big thing,” Simmons said. “He needs to hunker down and do what he does best in big matches. He’s doing a lot of extra stuff to make himself better.”<br><br>

The Mounties currently have only 17 wrestlers in the room, which could make it nearly impossible to field a full lineup. Simmons said he’s likely to have four or five open weight classes.<br><br>

Rogers High opens the season by hosting a double dual against McDonald County, Mo. and Seneca, Mo., on Nov. 28.<br><br>


Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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