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Though the school year is winding down, Allen sophomore Oliver Pierce?s (No. 15 @ 152) schedule has been ramping up.

As of late, a typical day for Pierce has him going to school then almost immediately heading over to spring football workouts. Those last until 6 p.m., meaning Pierce has a little bit of time to eat before wrestling practice begins at 7 p.m. The sophomore is usually done on the mats by 9-9:30 p.m., leaving him a couple hours to catch up on his reading and homework for school before going to sleep and starting the process all over again.

?It?s just about being self-motivated,? said Jerry Best, Allen wrestling head coach. ?And Oliver has been that way since he was little.?

Pierce?s self-motivation led to an individual UIL Wrestling State Championship in 2010 as well as him being a key contributor to Allen winning four wrestling state titles over the last two years.

He can now add national champion to that ledger.

Pierce went 8-0 during the 2011 Fila Cadet National Wrestling Championships, April 22-24 in Akron, Ohio, to win the 152-pound bracket.

?Oliver wrestled real well,? Best said. ?There were 12 All-Americans there and he had taken a couple weeks off because of his ankle injury, but Oliver just goes out and feels like he?ll win every match he has.?

And with good reason as Pierce has won every match in his varsity career ? save for one.

Pierce won a state title as a freshman and was an overwhelming favorite to win the 152 bracket two months ago at the UIL Wrestling State Tournament. After cruising into the semifinals, Pierce would suffer an ankle injury against El Paso Eastwood?s Andy Rico.

?Oliver broke his ankle,? Best said.

For Complete Article by Kevin Hageland, ACN Papers