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After 5 titles, Shearer still committed to excellence

West Fargo junior Jordan Shearer won his fifth straight wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Bismarck. David Samson

Junior wrestler Jordan Shearer made Packer history two weeks ago.

The 132-pounder became just the fourth wrestler in North Dakota history to win five individual state championships.

“It didn’t come as a surprise,” Packer head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “He steps up when it matters most. He dominated his finals match and scored some bonus points, and that is a big deal for us.”

Shearer, 17, finished the season with a record of 50-3. His state championship victory over Bismarck’s Lane Kaseman marked the 223rd victory of his career — just nine wins shy of the Class A record.

“It was an incredible feeling, and I am honored to be a part of that elite group (of five-time champions),” Shearer said. “I really can’t take credit though. I have to give it to the coaching staff, my parents and my wrestling partners. They get the credit.”

Shearer is the son of Dean and Linda Shearer. His father, a high school wrestler in his own right, got him into the sport when he was a first-grader. Two years later, he joined the Tech Team wrestling club in Fargo, which he credits with much of his success.

He cites the discipline and self-reliance the sport teaches as his reasons for continuing to wrestle.

“It teaches you so much,” Shearer said. “It teaches you that you get out what you put in. It’s a one-person thing. I’m not counting on anyone else to make the right play.”

He joined the Packer wrestling team in seventh grade. A few months later, he had his first state title.

“He was already at a high level in seventh grade — and I don’t mean a high level for a seventh-grader -- I mean when he is compared to a high school wrestler,” Dangerud said. “He has gotten better every year, and it is the small things that he has been improving — the mental game, his nutrition, certain techniques. He is at a college level right now, and it has been really fun to see him evolve.”

Upon winning his first title as a 103-pound seventh-grader, Shearer saw winning a title in each of his next four attempts as an impossible task. Now that he has just one season of high school wrestling left, he believes the opportunity to become the state’s first six-time champion is well within his reach.

“I think it’s very possible,” Shearer said. “I have confidence that I can do it. I know I am going to train as hard as I can.”

Shearer will also be looked at by the athletes and coaching staff to lead a Packer team that had five underclassmen in the individual state finals. According to his coach, he is already accustomed to performing in that role.

“He has been a great leader on and off the mat,” Dangerud said. “He has great dedication to the sport, and is so committed to getting better every day. For someone with his credentials, that is a very important characteristic, because he is constantly trying to improve, no matter what level he is at. That is what separates him from a lot of good wrestlers.”

While he plans to study pre-med, Shearer remains undecided about what college he would like to attend in the future. He does, however, have plans for his senior wrestling season.

“Obviously, another state championship is my goal, but I just want to go out and dominate everyone next year,” Shearer said. “I want to separate myself from any normal wrestler.”

While he hasn’t picked a college yet, he does plan to wrestle competitively at the next level, and Dangerud believes his future is as bright as any athlete he has coached.

“I see an elite, Division I athlete,” Dangerud said. “The sky is the limit for him. Whatever he chooses to do, and wherever he chooses to go, he has such a bright future ahead of him because of his attitude and his work ethic. A lot of times, you see super talented kids who don’t work to hard, or maybe they work their butt off, but don’t have that God-given ability. Jordan has all of the above, and it has been an honor to be a part of his career.”

Shearer will be competing among the top competition in the country this offseason, first at the Folkstyle National tournament in Las Vegas on Friday, March 28, then at the Junior Nationals during the week of July 18 in Fargo.