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Kelly Henderson, a four-year letterman at University of Central Oklahoma, takes over as the head coach of the Marlow wrestling team, fresh off his 26-7 senior campaign.
His assistant coach, Keith Kizarr, also starred at the university, being named a Division II third-team All-American in 1995 and second-team in 1997. They will look to lend their guidance to a team that has high hopes for the 2013 season.
Before he gets into any sophisticated moves or advanced maneuvers, Henderson wants to focus on the basics, which he says will make the team stand out against their opponents.
“Our motto is different,” Henderson said. “We’re going to be different from our past, different from the competition. We’re going to be different from everybody else, because different is going to win.”
Being hard-nosed and not showboating is part Henderson’s definition of different. Having his players work hard is the goal, because he thinks that’s the key to unlocking their potential.
Leading the way on the potential front is junior Logan Knox. A defensive back on the football team who has had a knack for intercepting passes, Knox returns to the wrestling mat. His teammates and coaches agree that he has a legimate shot at the state title for Class 3A.
“I’ve watched some of his matches online and I think he’s got a real chance at winning it,” Henderson said. “He’s aggressive. He’s an athlete and he’s good technically.”
Knox’s biggest help might be the number of wrestlers on the roster. Senior Seth Scarbrough pointed out that there were only six or seven guys last year, but now the team has a full roster.
“When you’re in the room, you have a lot more people to work out with, and it’s not the same person every single day like it was last year,” Knox said. “That just helps you get better, not wrestling the same person every day.”
Both Knox and Scarbrough made the semifinals last season, but niether placed. That little taste has provided a lot of motivation for the two to do even better this season.
“It just makes you hungrier being there and seeing what it’s like there,” Knox said. “It will make you want to be there standing on the podium at the state tournament.”