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Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers wins freestyle gold at 79 kilograms at 2019 Pan American Championships

The two-time NCAA All-American goes 3-0 in his senior level debut.

Oklahoma State's 174-pounder Chandler Rogers, top, looks for nearfall points against No. 2 Ethan Ramos of North Carolina on Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Oklahoma State’s 174-pounder Chandler Rogers, top, looks for nearfall points against No. 2 Ethan Ramos of North Carolina on Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
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Former Oklahoma State wrestling standout Chandler Rogers pinned Guzman Velazquez of Puerto Rico in under a minute to win freestyle gold at 79 kilograms (174 pounds) at the Pan American Championships on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Earlier in the day, Rogers recorded a 51-second 10-0 technical fall against Jasmit Phulka of Canada in his first senior-level match then posted a 8-6 decision over Santiago Martinez Restrepo of Colombia.

With the tournament win, Rogers qualifies for the World Team Trials in May in Raleigh, North Carolina. This weekend’s tournament is also a ranking tournament for this year’s Senior World Championships and Pan American Games in August.

It was Rogers’ first international tournament since taking eighth in Greco-Roman at the 2012 Cadet World Championships.

Rogers, a Stillwater High product, was a two-time NCAA All-American for the Cowboys and finished first at the Big 12 Championship during his junior season at OSU. His collegiate career ended in a wrestle-off against Joe Smith prior to this year’s postseason. Rogers went 94-25 at OSU and capped his career with a first-period fall against Iowa’s Mitch Bowman in Stillwater.