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April 4, 2014

Scarbrough finishes on high note

MARLOW — Marlow senior Seth Scarbrough thought the third-place match at the Class 3A state tournament came down to who wanted it more.

“It was my last wrestling match of my high school career,” he said. “I guess I just wanted it more.”

Scarbrough’s state placing at 160 pounds and 32-8 record were key factors that earned him The Duncan Banner All-Area Wrestler of the Year honor.

He called the award an “honor” and credited Marlow wrestling coach Kelly Henderson for his success.

“He pushed me to work harder,” Scarbrough said. “I learned I needed to work harder.”

Scarbrough scored a 3-1 decision over Keys’ Seth Fritts in the state match for third. It proved a tough match early.

“I had wrestled that kid earlier this year,” he said. “I couldn’t turn him over and couldn’t finish in the first two rounds. (At one point), I was about to get a takedown, but went out of bounds.”

The two were tied 1-1 entering the third period. That’s when Scarbrough scored a takedown in the third period to earn the victory.

Although Scarbrough had his sights set on a state title, he was happy overall.

“It was a pretty good achievement,” he said. “I had been working hard for it.”

Scarbrough played basketball in his younger years, then tried wrestling in the seventh grade. He didn’t know what to expect at first, but soon grew to love the sport. Although the training regimen can be challenging, Scarbrough said those who want to succeed will get it done.

The Marlow senior would like to wrestle in college. He has talked to Northeast Oklahoma A&M, but is keeping his options open.

He praised his teammates for their hard work and believes those returning next year are motivated to prove themselves.

“At the end of the year, we didn’t feel we did as well as we could have,” Scarbrough said. “But I think they’ll change that next year and they’ll do better.”

 

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