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December 19, 2013

Duncan tourney features quality competition

DUNCAN — Quality competition will make up the field at the Duncan wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday.

Demon coach Kevin Kelly said the tourney will be a good opportunity for the Duncan wrestlers to see how they measure up.

“Once you get to the semifinals, you’ll get some good, tough wrestling,” he said. “Some of the teams will be bringing some JV kids, so everyone will have an opportunity to win matches. We’ve got a good mix of (Classes) 3A to 6A.”

The tournament is one of several events that will keep the Duncan wrestlers busy for the next couple of weeks. They are coming off a dual match win against Chickasha and will head to Comanche Thursday night. Kelly said he expects some quality matchups against the Indians.

He added that the Demons will get a lot of matches in this two-week span, as they will follow this week’s action with a trip to Orlando, Fla., for tournament action at Walt Disney World Dec. 26-30. It will be a dual tournament in which the Demons will face different schools from throughout the nation.

The Duncan wrestling coach said the number of matches the wrestlers will get will benefit them.

“Some of the kids we have, we keep harping on them being young,” Kelly said, “but they need more matches, a chance to get on the mat and to get better.”

Kelly said the Demons are aiming to follow up on their victory against Chickasha, which is ranked 10th in Class 5A, according to OSSAARankings.com.

“I thought the kids looked pretty good considering how young they are,” Kelly said. “A couple of kids were disappointed in losing, but when you are wrestling good kids, it happens.”

The teams scheduled to attend the Duncan tournament are Comanche, Marlow, Lawton schools MacArthur, Eisenhower and Lawton High, Noble, Durant, Shawnee, Sulphur, Plainview, Piedmont, Putnam City, Western Heights, and Texas schools Azle and Weatherford.

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