Cleveland’s Higher Calling Youth Wrestling Club dominated over the weekend at the Tulsa Nationals in Oklahoma. The event is the largest youth wrestling tournament in the world.
Higher Calling head coach Josh Bosken took 11 wrestlers to the prestigious tournament and three earned the coveted All-American status.
Piper Fowler, a 130-pound seventh grade wrestler at Cleveland Middle School, won the Tulsa Girls National Champion title. The phenom went undefeated (27-0) as a member of the Cleveland Middle School boys wrestling team this past season. In order to initially make the team in 2019 and become the school’s first-ever female wrestler, Piper pinned two eighth-graders, both football players.
The two other Higher Calling All-Americans were Dominic Cordero and Mattox High, both fifth-graders at E.L. Ross Elementary School. Cordery, a 61-pounder, was the Tulsa Novice National Champion. He is the younger brother of Jose Cordero, a standout wrestler for Cleveland Middle School.
High, an 80-pounder, earned Tulsa National Fifth Place.
Bosken said the accomplishments in Tulsa were unprecedented, but not unexpected.
“Prior to Saturday, Higher Calling has had only one wrestler ever place at Tulsa Nationals and that was Ashton Davis,” said Bosken. “Having three of our athletes earn All-American status is amazing. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. People tell me there is no other club anywhere with as much passion around it as Higher Calling.”
Bosken said success at the high school level starts with Higher Calling, which is a wrestling program that gives young wrestlers of all skill levels in grades K-8 a chance to learn the essentials of practice and competition. The goal of the program is to train and maintain the highest quality athletes to continue the tradition of one of the top high school programs in Tennessee.
“The club was created to build great wrestlers who are also gentlemen, and now gentlewomen thanks to Piper,” Bosken said.