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December 2, 2008

Marlow wrestlers firing out of the gate

Outlaws perform well at Oklahoma Open, look to build on success

MARLOW — MARLOW — With a few weeks under their belt, the Marlow wrestling team is starting to see the hard work in practice pay off.

Last week, several of the Outlaws went to compete in the Oklahoma Open in Norman, posting impressive wins over wrestlers invited from all across the country. Head coach Keith Kizzar said he was glad to see some of his players get some extra work and confidence going into the first half of the season.

“I took three guys up there,” Kizzar said. “Tanner Keck, Mykel Moreno and Ryan Brooks. Moreno was at 160 and he won three matches and lost two. His two losses were to one guy who was a state champion and to another guy from Florida.”

Kizzar said the tournament and the last few weeks’ practices have been as much about physical training as it has mental preparation, getting to a point where the guys can just react on the mat instead of thinking through every move.

“We’re getting better,” he said. “We’re working hard. The guys have done really well. It was good for them to go to the Oklahoma Open to see some live action.

“Keck was at 170 (weight class) and beat two nationally ranked kids from Oklahoma, both who had already signed with colleges. It got his confidence higher and he just had an outstanding tourney, beating those two guys. Brooks too, he beat a kid from Iowa City.”

Kizzar said he is looking at the season to have a couple of different parts, with pre-season over and this being the first half. Now’s the time, he said, to work the most on conditioning and technique — allowing the players to focus on what they need to improve on later in the year rather than worrying about fundamentals. This time of year, though, gets a bit frenetic with so many breaks and time away from school.

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