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January 10, 2014

Another tough tourney awaits Demons

DUNCAN — A couple of weeks after one tough tournament, the Duncan wrestlers will be ready for another.

The Demons head to a tournament in Geary Friday and Saturday. The Geary tournament has the most continual years of any wrestling tournament in the nation, Demon coach Kevin Kelly said, and it attracts the best teams in the state.

“It’s definitely, year in and year out, tougher than the state tournament most of the time,” said Kelly.

Six Duncan wrestlers will make the trip to Geary: seniors Jett Gray and Connor Kelly, and sophomores Jonathan Gomez, Tyler Hicks, Hunter Kelly and Jimmy Mejia. Coach Kelly wanted to take those wrestlers who had the most experience.

“They are the ones that know what to expect, and the ones who can handle some of the competition,” the coach said.

That competition will include top teams from all classifications in Oklahoma, plus several teams from out of state. Kelly said it presents a unique opportunity for the wrestlers to go up against tough competitors from Oklahoma and elsewhere. By facing tough competition, Kelly said, it will do much to help Duncan prepare for the state tournament.

“We work all year for the state tourney,” he said. “Tournaments like this one will get you ready for the real tough matches we need to win.”

The Demons most recently competed in the KSA Holiday Wrestling Tournament in Orlando, Fla., the last week of December. Tyler Hicks was named the Demons’ most outstanding wrestler, with he, Connor, Hunter and Jett Gray each finishing 6-1.

Kevin Kelly will be sending his younger wrestlers to another tournament this weekend, the Pauls Valley tournament Friday and Saturday.

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