Oologah’s Branson Briggs – Northeast Tech Athlete of the Month

By Ryan Stone

Branson Briggs is a CNC Machining student at Northeastern Technology Center and is a junior at Oologah High School. He is also a wrestler and a soccer player for Oologah.

As a sophomore Briggs wrestled at 132 and 126 pounds, but this season he’ll move up to 145 pounds.

“One-twenty-six and 132 were good competition, but I feel like going at 145 will push me even harder going against bigger guys and just make me better overall in the process,” said Briggs.

Even with the tough move up Briggs has big goals for this season.

“My goals for this season are to try to make it to regionals and State,” said Briggs, “I just have to push myself even harder, stay after practice to learn new moves and also have a practice opponent that will push me to be better.”

Briggs plays defense for the Oologah soccer team. Coming off a good season last year he says the goal is to make it to regionals and State this season.

As a junior Briggs is in his first year in the CNC Machining program at Northeast Tech, so far he’s been impressed with the program.

“I went in there not knowing what I want to do after college and I just found a lot of good things about manufacturing and didn’t really know if I’d like it, but so far I’m loving it and I’m learning really good things in it that will help me in the future,” said Briggs.

Some of the things Briggs has learned so far include working on blades and mills, as well as sharpening drill bits.

After high school Briggs is currently planning on staying at Northeast Tech to take a few more years of manufacturing courses.