Stillwater High, Oklahoma State to wrestle in Hearnes Center in Sunday doubleheader

Feb. 1—Whenever Stillwater High School wrestles at Pioneer Field House this season, someone from Oklahoma State wrestling is in the crowd and vice-versa.

Sunday, both teams are wrestling at the Hearnes Center on the University of Missouri's campus and will get a chance to spend time together away from the usual settings.

OSU redshirt sophomore Teague Travis' dad and uncle wrestled for Mizzou in the '90s, and the former Pioneer grew up in Columbia, Missouri.

As someone with intimate experience with both venues, he said there's no comparison between Gallagher-Iba Arena and the Hearnes Center.

"Wrestling in Gallagher-Iba is a lot different in the history here and how all the fans get involved," Travis said. "You don't get that at the Hearnes."

Travis transferred to Stillwater High School ahead of the 2021 season after winning three state championships at Regional Catholic. He was a key part of the Pioneers' first state championship since 2014.

He said he's excited for the Pioneers who are signed or committed to wrestle for the Cowboys after high school.

"I think it'll be really cool for them to go up and wrestle in that kind of environment on the road," Travis said. "Hopefully, it gets them ready to come wrestle here."

OSU signed Stillwater senior JJ McComas, FloWrestling's 68th overall recruit in the 2024 class, during the early signing period.

It's natural that another Stillwater standout is trusting John Smith & Co. with his future, but McComas' link to associate head coach Coleman Scott dates back to Scott's tenure at North Carolina.

McComas' first visit was with the Tar Heels, and he committed to OSU shortly after Scott stepped down as the head man in Chapel Hill to rejoin his alma mater. The senior said he expects to meet with Scott during the weekend trip.

"It's so cool to have my future coach there, watching me wrestle whenever he can be here for me," McComas said. "It's amazing the culture we're going to have next year. I feel like Oklahoma State is just going to keep getting better and better. I'm excited for the future, but I'm also excited to go see an experience we've never done yet."

Stillwater coach Ethan Kyle said McComas, OSU commit LaDarion Lockett and other potential recruits are fortunate to have this opportunity.

"We're spoiled for it right here, right down the road. They get to watch Oklahoma State wrestling all the time," Kyle said. "A couple of our guys will have a chance to visit with their coaching staff, and it's just really a neat opportunity to show our kids the bigger world out there."

Smith said he's looking forward to watching McComas, in particular.

"I think it's a neat experience for him," Smith said. "I hadn't had a chance to watch him a whole lot other than tape. I'm excited to watch Stillwater High in this dual meet."

For at least one Pioneer, Sunday's match with Liberty will be a chance to show the Cowboys what they missed out on.

Landyn Sommer is the defending state champion at 165 pounds, but OSU didn't offer him. Sommer committed to OU in August.

He said the recruitment process was stressful, but he's happy to join the Sooners, as he wanted to get out of Stillwater but stay close to his family.

He hopes to learn a thing or two from watching some of the best college wrestlers compete.

"There will be a lot of good wrestling, and I'm excited to wrestle before those guys," Sommer said. "That will be me next year."