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December 18, 2013

Comanche wrestling takes fourth in tournament

COMANCHE — The young Comanche wrestling team continues to exceed the expectations of coach Jason Miller, having taken fourth at a 19-team tournament hosted by Deer Creek this past weekend.

The only schools to place ahead of Class 3A Comanche were Class 5A schools Deer Creek and Piedmont and Class 6A’s Edmond Santa Fe. The Indians’ showing was even more impressive, considering they did not have wrestlers competing in four weight classes. Miller said the Indians might have placed third if they had a wrestler in every weight class.

“We’ve been telling the kids that, if we had the whole team at the meet, we would have come home with a plaque,” Miller said.

The Indians had seven wrestlers place in the top three. Shane Revis and Cameron VanBuskirk took second at 126 and 138 pounds. Placing third were Sean Williams at 106, Austin McCarty at 120 and Wyatt Schoolfield at 145. Fifth-place finishes were claimed by Chaz Allen at 152 and Jason Loafman at 195.

Miller said he was happy with how the wrestlers performend and, if they continue to deliver those performances, there’s no telling how far they can go.

“If I can get that type of performance from them all season, I’m going to have a lot of kids qualify for state,” he said. “I want them to keep the momentum going. If they can keep it up, we’ll do better than most people expect.”

Miller said what he wants is for the wrestlers to continue their strong performances, regardless of the match results. As long as that continues, Miller expects the Indians will remain successful.

“We exceeded expectations and showed some maturity,” he said. “I’m really proud of them.”

Comanche will host Duncan Thursday night. The Indians will then compete in Duncan’s tournament Friday and Saturday.

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