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Mead High?s Jordan Rogers (No. 4 @ 171) will step on one of a checkerboard of wrestling mats today at Mat Classic XXIII as the most feared athlete at the state tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

And the most accomplished.

The 171-pound junior dynamo has had quite a bit happen in the past 12 months ? starting with last year?s Mat Classic, which he missed after coming down with appendicitis in the days leading up to the event.

Sidelined nearly a month, Rogers returned to wrestling re-focused and energized. He won various high-profile tournaments in the spring, and ended up earning a spot on the U.S. team for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games last summer in Singapore.

He was one victory from taking home a gold medal from Southeast Asia.

Now, he?s the gold standard of wrestling in Washington ? focused on capturing his second Mat Classic title this weekend, and then eventually wrestling in the Summer Olympics.

?Nothing has really changed with him,? Mead coach Phil McLean said, ?except he?s so well-known now.?

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