Top Performer: Cooper Voorhees

Voorhees recently won the 152-pound Class A state wrestling title

RAPID CITY, S.D. –  Growing up in a family with a wrestling background could prove to be difficult, especially when your father and uncle were very successful in the sport.

But that doesn’t seem to be a concern for Rapid City Stevens junior Cooper Voorhees who is carrying on the family tradition and finding success of his own along the way.

  It was only natural that Cooper Voorhees would gravitate to wrestling.

    His father Brent and uncle Boyce were both two-time state wrestling champions for Sturgis High School back in the 1990’s.

   “I’ve always seen them as great role models and examples and I always wanted to be like them,” Stevens wrestler Cooper Voorhees said. “So I’ve always strived to be at least a two-time state champ. So I’ve always worked hard for that.” 

    Cooper is proud to be a second-generation wrestler and every time he takes to the mat, his dad isn’t very far away.

    That’s because his father is an assistant wrestling coach for the Raiders.

    “I’m just so blessed to have him right there,” Cooper Voorhees said. “We can share experiences together. We always wrestle together. It’s just a great experience. It’s just great memories to have him in my corner and my wrestling partner.”

    “It’s always nice to have someone that can break down your film and show you where your mistakes are,” Stevens wrestling coach Travis King said. “When you get wrestling eyes, they’re a little different than everybody else’s eyes. We all see things differently. When you have a great set of eyes in your father that’s just a huge advantage for Cooper.”

    Cooper competed in baseball when he was younger and even played in the Little League World Series for Canyon Lake Little League back in 2014.

    But now, his focus is clearly on wrestling.

     “I think it just makes you a better person just going through all the training that you have to go through to prepare for your matches,” Voorhees said.

    The last two weeks have been quite a whirlwind for Cooper.

    Not only did he win the Region 4-A title, but Cooper recently captured his first career state wrestling title by earning a 10-2 decision over Nolan Johnson of Madison in the 152 pound finals.

    Cooper wraps up the season with a 48-2 record.

  “He’s just driven to be that successful,” Travis King said. “He wants it. Nothing has been given to him. He’s had to earn every step of the way.

    Congratulations to Cooper Voorhees on being named a News Center 1 Top Performer.

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