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Stilwell, a member of the Sallisaw Takedown Club and soon-to-be senior wrestler, hopes that things will work out the third time in Fargo

Stilwell, a member of the Sallisaw Takedown Club and soon-to-be senior wrestler, hopes that things will work out the third time in Fargo

Adrianna Chronister, a member of the Sallisaw Takedown Club and soon-to-be senior wrestler for the Stilwell Lady Indians, qualified for the third consecutive year for the USA Nationals Junior/Age 16-and-Younger Tournament, which begins Saturday in Fargo, ND.

“I’m really excited,” said Chronister, who will wrestle in the 140-pound class during the freestyle portion of the competition. “I think I’m ready to go out there and do my best, push my limits — and hopefully place. That’s my goal this year.”

Chronister actually hopes that for her in Fargo, all good things come in threes.

“My first year up there, I was OK — but not great,” she said. “Last year, I was really good. I was proud of myself. I was one win away from being named All-American, but I didn’t get that far. This year, my goal is to place. My first goal is to be national champion, but placing would be amazing. Just being up there is an opportunity, honestly. It’s just incredible that I can do better every time.”

Unfortunately, Stilwell does not offer the same summer opportunities as the Sallisaw Takedown Club, so Chronister comes in the summer to train with the local wrestling organization.

“We really don’t have anything like that for Stilwell,” she said. “I heard about this (Sallisaw Takedown Club) from Cason Craft (Kara Craft, Class 4A state champion of the Sallisaw Black Diamonds). I started coming here. I really like Coach (Mark) Smith (Sallisaw boys wrestling). He’s a great coach. He gets along really well with us (Sallisaw Takedown Club members). I just come back every year.”

Since the upcoming 2024-25 high school wrestling season will be Chronister’s last, she has ambitions to wrestle at the next level.

“I’ve been thinking about it (wrestling in college) quite a bit,” Chronister said. A few colleges have reached out to me. I would love to wrestle in college.”

There will be plenty of college coaches and talent scouts in attendance at the big event in Fargo, so Chronister is hoping she’ll have a good time in that regard as she takes part in the USA Nationals Junior/Age 16-and-Younger Tournament.

“That would be great,” she said. “I would love the opportunity to do things like that and see what it’s like to wrestle in college – and if I would enjoy it, which I’m sure I would.”

Chronister, who wrestled for the Lady Indians in the 135-pound class as a junior last season, was the Class 5A runner-up at this most recent state tournament in February at the Jim Norick State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. She started with a pinfall victory over Laine Walker of McLoud in the quarterfinals and then defeated Carleona Hockert of Billings in the semifinals. However, Chronister was defeated 6-1 by Gage Vaughn of Caddo in the state finals.

Editor’s note: Look for a preview of the Sallisaw Black Diamonds wrestling trio of Cole Mayfield, Bodie Adams and Cason Craft heading to Fargo on Friday’s edition.


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