Tom Mix, Published February 12 2014
West Fargo junior is on a prolific path
Shearer is the top seed at 132 pounds in the North Dakota Class A individual tournament, which begins today at the Bismarck Civic Center.
When Shearer takes the mat in his first-round match against Wahpeton sophomore Dylan Wiek, he will continue a prep career that has already catapulted him into exclusive company.
Shearer is one of only 17 wrestlers in state history to win four championships, a feat he attributes as much to others as he does himself.
“Over the years it has been the practice partners, the coaches and the extra wrestling in the offseason that has gotten me here,” Shearer said.
Three wrestlers – Dave Hilliard (Lakota), Levi Haugen (Minot Ryan) and Scott Glasser (Bismarck) – in state history have won five individual state titles.
No wrestler has ever won six, which is very much a possibility next year for Shearer, who has 216 career victories.
“As soon as I got my first championship my seventh grade year, I knew that was a possibility because I had five years left,” Shearer said. “That being said, I have to put that on the back-burner. I have to focus on taking it one year at a time.”
Shearer is 43-3 this season and has recorded 29 pins.
“His success doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “He has elevated his skill level each year, and it has been fun to watch him compete.”
Shearer wrestles year round and won a Junior Greco Roman national championship last summer, increasing his profile to a national level.
Shearer is one of many state-ranked wrestlers in the Packers wrestling room, making practices nearly as intense as live meets.
“The practice partners I get in here, most of them are wrestling six, seven, eight months of the year like me,” Shearer said. “They are there for me, and they are pushing me. That is the key to my success.”
Shearer will be doing double duty this weekend when the Packers go for their third consecutive team dual championship.
“I have to stay focused,” Shearer said. “I have to be excited and ready to wrestle every match. Go out there and wrestle the six minutes every time too. If it happens to be quicker than six minutes, then I’m OK with that as long as it is my favor.”
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