SAPULPA – Brody Largent competed for the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State wrestling team on Wednesday night at Sapulpa High School.
Largent represented Piedmont wrestling and the Large West squad at 195 lbs. His opponent was Walker Smith of Shawnee, who will be Largent’s teammate at the University of Central Oklahoma next year.
Largent never trailed in his match, scoring two points in the first period and one point in the third period. He went on to win the match 3-2 and helped the Large West team to a 25-14 victory over the Large East.
Largent shared his thoughts about his performance in the match.
“I thought it was sloppy,” he said. “I’m out of shape, but I went out there and had fun and did work.”
He also talked about how much he knew about Smith going into the match.
“I knew this last season he went undefeated, state champ in the weight above me,” he said. “We’re going to the same college this year, so it was kind of like a ranking match for me.”
In the third period, Largent started to feel ill. A timeout was taken with 19 seconds left in the match, and he walked over to the scoring table with his hand over his mouth. He ended up vomiting.
“I felt it coming, and then it went away and I thought it wasn’t going to come back,” he said. “Then right after that it came back and I had to hold it in my mouth for a little bit. But that relieved me after that.”
Fortunately, he was able to shake it off and finish the match. Largent also discussed what it meant to him to be recognized as an All-Stater.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “It was a privilege to wrestle and it was a lot of fun.”
Largent also got to share the All-State experience with another Piedmont wrestler in Michael Lopez, who was an alternate and was called up to compete in the event.
“He called me today. He was an alternate, he got called up to come wrestle. He was worried that I had left already. He called me and said “Hey can I ride with you? … I’m wrestling today,” and I was like ‘no way!’ It’s awesome having a teammate come wrestle in this event.”
On the horizon for Largent is UCO, where he will be wrestling for the Bronchos.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m going to be fresh meat going into that thing. I have high expectations for myself though, I’m excited.”
He also had a few people to thank for all of his success in wrestling.
“Both of my parents, my family, all of my coaches and my teammates,” he said. “Always pushing me and always on my butt about eating right and working out. I just gotta thank them.”