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TUTTLE, Okla. -- A group of Oklahoma teens had quite an experience early Monday morning.

They came face to face with an alligator.

This group of country boys decided they weren't going to just leave it there.

They caught the alligator and came out with just a few scratches and quite a story to share.

Nathan Jackson said, "It was somewhere in here. It was arched up."

It was along a somewhat-rural road in Tuttle that Nathan and his friend spotted something strange.

Almost hidden in the grass, likely looking for its next meal, an alligator.

It all happened fast.

Jackson said, "I tried that old maneuver where you see people throw a blanket on its head and it calms down. It didn't calm down, it freaked out."

Adrenaline for these gator hunters took over; within minutes they had the creature inside a crate.

The three guys had wrangled the alligator into submission.

A big feat for most but maybe not so surprising if you know them.

Big Nate, as he's affectionately called, his friends Gunner and Zach are All-State champion wrestlers.

Jackson said, "We had to wrestle that alligator. He was quite a bit stronger than me."

Nate's not only a wrestler, but a snake catcher and noodler.

He recently caught a 47-pound fish which nearly makes the gator look small.

He said, "The river and the creek's my life."

Though this high school senior will admit this is a catch he never imagined.

Wildlife officials said it's definitely rare in central Oklahoma.

The Department of Wildlife's Micah Holmes said, "We do not have native alligators in this part of this state."

In fact, they believe this was likely someone's pet that either escaped or was abandoned.

Either way it has given these three young men quite a story to tell.

Alligators are a pretty common site if you're in far southeastern Oklahoma but any farther north is unlikely.

The alligator was turned over to the Department of Wildlife.