By Brian Jerzak
During the 2021-22 wrestling season, Stillwater senior Ryder Rogotzke had one of the most dominant seasons a wrestler can have. He lost just one match all season and won his first state championship. In doing so, he pinned his way through the state tournament. During the season, Rogotzke only went the full six minutes twice. He finished with 44 falls – tying the state record for most pins in a season.
"Instead of teaching me how to win, my dad taught me how to pin," Rogotzke said. "That is the easiest way to win. You can be down by ten. If you get the pin, you win. My mentality of pinning everyone was there in the first year. I would go for headlocks, three-quarters, cow catchers, and no one really knew pinning defense. There is not as much strength when you are little. That got me through to now."
Rogotzke found enjoyment and success in two sports as a kid.
"I remember trying t-ball, football, and wrestling," Rogotzke said. "Football and wrestling stuck."