Glenpool's Braxton Kearns – Athlete Spotlight Presented by American Heritage Bank


By Ryan Stone 

The spotlight is on Glenpool High School senior wrestler Braxton Kearns, who is having a breakout season. Kearns has notched an overall record of 26-11 with a 12-1 dual record. The highlight of the season for Kearns came at the Carl Albert Wrestling Tournament where he finished fourth.

“Senior season went well this is the best year I’ve had, last year I qualified for state and finished third in regionals. This year I’m hoping to finish top two in regionals and place at state,” said Kearns.

To reach those big goals Kearns has a plan to grind even harder leading up to the postseason.

“It’s all extra work after practice,” said Kearns, “I’ll go to a buddy’s house to do extra lifting and coach allows us extra time in the room whenever we need it to get extra work in. I feel like everyone that places at state puts the extra work in.”

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During his senior season Kearns was also a captain for Glenpool, which meant taking on more of a leadership role.

“Just making sure people are staying in line and doing what’s best for the team. Like for example carrying ice trays for food and just doing your part to do what’s best for the team. If you’re working hard in the room and lead by example you create an atmosphere in the room where everyone can be successful,” said Kearns. 

Glenpool wrestling coach Ty Bowling calls Kearns a good character kid. That’s something that Braxton is proud of.

“Character is just representing the right thing and not getting in trouble or causing issues,” said Kearns, “doing your part to stay in line and doing what’s expected of you. Also being dedicated to your sport and not letting little things get in the way. Being true to yourself and keeping a positive attitude.”

Kearns isn’t just a wrestling standout though, he’s a star on the football field. The linebacker recently signed a scholarship to play football at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Kearns set a school record this season with 135 tackles after previously setting the record in his junior season with 126. He also set a single game school record of 23 tackles against McCallister.

Kearns is also a member of the National Honor Society. At NWOSU he plans to major in Criminal Justice and one day wants to be a U.S. Marshall.