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Rogers joins Air Force wrestling program as Director of Operations

Chandler Rogers after picking up a fall in his final match at Oklahoma State (Photo/Oklahoma State Athletics)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy wrestling team announced Friday, Aug. 30, that former Oklahoma State wrestler and two-time NCAA All-American Chandler Rogers will be joining AF's wrestling staff as the Director of Operations.

"We are excited about the addition of Chandler Rogers to our program," head coach Sam Barber said. "His experience as a two time All-American at Oklahoma State will provide a valuable perspective to our coaching staff and program as we add a new position of Director of Operations to our program."

As the Director of Operations, Rogers' duties will include general office support, logistics related to the team's overall function, as well as social media support.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be the Director of Operations at the United States Air Force Academy," Rogers said. "I look forward to starting my career in sport at such a prestigious institution and being surrounded by future leaders who will go on after graduation to defend our great country."

In addition to his new position with the squad, Rogers will also continue to pursue his wrestling career, training at the Air Force Regional Training Center as well as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, also located in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"I am extremely excited to chase my goals of becoming a World and Olympic Champion in Greco-Roman in Colorado Springs at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and the Air Force Regional Training Center," Rogers said. "The phenomenal facilities and word-class coaching staffs at the Training Center and Air Force will greatly impact my growth on the mat, personally and professionally. My wife and I are grateful for the opportunity provided to us by Coach Matt Lindland, USA Wrestling and Air Force Wrestling."

Though his Senior Greco-Roman career is just beginning, Rogers has established himself as a formidable opponent to all.

In college, Rogers was a four-year starter for the Cowboys, a three-time NCAA qualifier and a two-time All-American. Prior to that, he made the 2012 Cadet World Team in Greco-Roman and went on to finish eighth in the world.

In April, Rogers competed in his first international tournament since 2012, representing the USA men's freestyle team at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rogers was instrumental in the USA's historic showing as the squad swept all 10 gold medals in freestyle for the first time in history.

Since then, Rogers took third at the U.S. Open in Senior Greco and later recorded a second-place finish at the U23 Greco World Team Trials.

The Falcons get the 2019-20 season started with the Cowboy Open, Saturday, Nov. 2, in Laramie, Wyo. Air Force's first home dual comes against Big 12 rival Wyoming, Saturday, Nov. 16, inside Clune Arena.

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