For the fourth straight year, Chester High School wrestling phenomenon Tony Rogers has won the first place title at the Northern Section Masters Championship in Redding.
Rogers is the fifth wrestler to accomplish the feat since 1958. Rogers competed for Chester all four of his high school years at 220 pounds. The last stop in California for this CHS senior was Bakersfield for the State Championships on March 2 and 3.
Rogers was joined at the state competition by fellow Volcano wrestler Callum Kremer wrestling at 120. As a freshman last year, Kremer took second place. This year he came back and took first at sectionals. Both winning wrestlers aim to pin their marks in Bakersfield.
“All the kids wrestled hard; we brought six kids to section and [won] five places,” said head wrestling coach Tom Rogers, “Pretty darn good for any school, especially a small school competing with all the large schools.” The CHS Volcanoes took eighth place as a team.
Coach Rogers was also honored at sectionals. He was awarded Outstanding Coach of the Year. Standing next to his son Tony for pictures, the two make quite a pair as the younger Rogers was awarded Outstanding Wrestler of the Year at the same Nor Cal event.
Tanner Rogers is also wrestling on the CHS team. “Tanner, in only his first full year, placed sixth,” said coach Rogers, “So proud of both our boys.”
Volcano Bonner Montgomery placed third, Trenton Longacre went 2-2 and Matt Brooks took sixth at 195.
“I am so honored to get to coach this hardworking fun group of kids,” said coach Rogers.