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January 7, 2014

Marlow and Comanche disappoint at Cushing tournament

COMANCHE — At the end of the Cushing tournament on Saturday, Comanche coach Jason Miller told one of his wrestlers to go take a picture of the standings on the big board.

When the player asked why, Miller said he was not going to put a picture symbolizing the team’s last-place finish in the weight room. He was not going to harp on that poor performance. Instead, he was going to take it home, forcing himself to never let his team sink that low again.

“That will not happen again,” Miller said. “When that says Comanche, that’s me. I’m taking it personal. I’m not going to let that happen again.”

For the first time in a regular season tournament, Miller didn’t have a wrestler place. Only Shane Revels won multiple matches and there were some who didn’t win any. That wasn’t good enough for Miller or any of the wrestlers.

“It’s one of those things that really motivates me and, hopefully, it motivates them,” Miller said. “My kids weren’t all happy, joy joy, we get to go home early or anything like that. They took it pretty bad.”

Comanche did leave some wrestlers out of the tournament, only taking eight. The ones that Miller left behind were underclassmen, who are preparing for this weekend’s junior varsity tournament at Pauls Valley. The varsity team will get an early look at the opponent when it hosts Pauls Valley on Tuesday.

Marlow, who beat Pauls Valley earlier this year, had the same kind of result at the Cushing tournament. Only Seth Scarbrough placed, fifth, in the tournament for the Outlaws. Coach Kelly Henderson was disappointed in that output, but put things in perspective after a grueling week of practice.

“We probably could of done things a little differently, but it’s not about the here and now, it’s about the future,” Henderson said.

His disappointment was lessened by the difficulty of the competition at the tournament. With that talent present, Henderson said the tournament showed his team still “had a lot of work left to do” this season.

The Outlaws’ next match will be on Tuesday at Plainview. They will follow that up with another dual against No. 13 Elgin on Jan. 15.

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