Wrestling has a big historical past with the town of Stillwater and Oklahoma State College, so it’s solely honest that relationship is proven on the world stage.
When the 2019 World Wrestling Championships start subsequent month, viewers from north central Oklahoma will probably be seeing attire that got here from their very own yard.
Particularly from Ninth Avenue in Stillwater, within the unassuming white brick constructing of Causley Productions.
“We glance sneaky small on the skin, however if you get in, it’s a full blown facility,” proprietor James Causley mentioned.
For Nike, who has actually invested so much within the sport of wrestling with the United World Wrestling Championships and the Olympics being a a crown jewel, it solely is sensible that Stillwater have some half in it.
With OSU proudly owning probably the most group nationwide titles within the sport, numerous All-Individuals and such coaches as Ed Gallagher and John Smith, Nike jumped on the alternative to have a neighborhood presence concerned with their merchandise.
Particularly to Chris Bahl, a wrestling consultant with Nike and a giant fan of the Cowboys. Bahl’s son, Christian, is on OSU’s group and was a state champion at Stillwater Excessive Faculty.
“I simply needed individuals to know on this a part of Oklahoma, a variety of uniforms by officers or groups they see within the World Championships are literally produced proper right here in Stillwater, Oklahoma,” Bahl mentioned. “… I prefer to assume that Stillwater, Oklahoma, is the epicenter of wrestling. I is likely to be biased.”
To Bahl, it was a no brainer to incorporate Causley’s enterprise as James has achieved high quality work for years with not solely OSU, but in addition the College of Central Oklahoma and space excessive colleges, as properly.
“James has been Nike uniforms for various years for Oklahoma State,” Bahl mentioned. “It helped transition him over to Nike wrestling, That enterprise has achieved an ideal job for the Cowboys and different packages together with UCO across the space. For him to do Nike wrestling stuff has been nice.”
Nike has printing services in Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and now, Stillwater due to the partnership. It truly started out of a have to get the merchandise rotated shortly. Because the UWW Championships often happen in September, the attire for the groups and officers is often getting achieved across the similar time that school and NFL soccer is beginning up, so there’s a enormous inflow of orders.
Causley’s now helps deal with the strain and due to the work they do, different international locations like Greece, Norway, Bulgaria and others have began to work with the Stillwater enterprise for his or her world wrestling squads’ attire.
“With them being pleased with what we have now achieved in he previous, we have been capable of do some extra,” Causley mentioned. “Nike does a lot for wrestling, which is sweet for Nike, however it’s good for Stillwater and Oklahoma State, too. It places an emphasis on extra wrestling on this space. We have been very happy to choose up Nike’s account.”
Causley’s orders grew this 12 months after the success of final season, so when Bahl wanted the uniforms for officers made just a few weeks in the past, he known as up James. Though he was on trip in Mexico, James went again to work on Monday and together with Mary Causley and Amber Ware, in addition to the assistance of Indicators Now, the corporate churned out almost 200 shirts and had them shipped by the tip of the week.
From there, they went to Russia and finally discovered themselves despatched all the way in which to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the location of this 12 months’s championships.
“It’s truly a ton of labor, as a result of we have now various the groups that compete on the planet championships,” Bahl mentioned. “Nike has a majority of them. We’ve got to provide the entire uniforms whether or not it’s singlets, heat ups or all of the journey gear and T-shirts. You identify it, we produce it. The printing is difficult. … For us to have somebody like Causleys domestically to particularly produce wrestling clothes, it’s actually handy.”
With OSU presumably having two wrestlers on this 12 months’s area, it can imply much more to have them sporting locally-made merchandise. Former Cowboy Alex Dieringer, a volunteer assistant coach with this system who received the Hodge Trophy just a few years in the past, will wrestle off for the 79 kilogram spot on the world group later this month.
Cowboy redshirt sophomore Daton Repair, a Sand Springs native, earned the 57-kilogram spot in June after beating Iowa’s Thomas Gilman.
The UWW Wrestling Championships will probably be held Sept. 14-22, with Causley’s uniforms for officers already in place, because the Stillwater enterprise will begin in earnest on group gear over the subsequent few weeks.
“It’s a good feather within the cap to do the world championships,” James mentioned. “We’re not that far off from perhaps doing an Olympic one, which is cool. The actual fact we have now two group members in Daton Repair and Alex Dieringer, it’s good to know when Stillwater’s eyes are on the TV, they’re sporting one thing made at Causley’s.”
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