Starting today, there is no room for mistakes.
At high noon from Duncan Gymnasium, the Class 5A West Regional Wrestling tournament will begin with wrestlers from 15 schools looking for one of four tickets in their respective weight divisions to the state tournament in Oklahoma City at the State Fair Grounds Arena.
This two-day tournament will see champions crowned on Saturday night as sessions will run from Noon- 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. both today and Saturday.
“It’s intense,” Duncan coach Kevin Kelly said about the regional tournament atmosphere. “You wrestle summer camps and then we start in October preparing for this weekend. This is the weekend where kids either step up and rise to the occasion or go the other way. You hope all the kids minds are right and they are ready to go.”
Representing the Demons this weekend will be 14 different wrestlers all looking for berths in the state tournament.
Here are just a few of the Duncan wrestlers that will be in action this weekend.
MarkWae Sanders will be aiming to get back to Oklahoma City as he wrestles in the 113 pound division, with Dustin Chase competing in the 106 pound division.
Jett Gray will see action at 120 pounds, with Hunter Kelly looking for gold in the 132 pound division.
At 138 pounds, Austin Drake will look to make some noise for Duncan, with teammate Connor Kelly a strong contender in the 145 pound division, as he claimed the top seed.
Christian Carnahan will try to continue his successful career as he looks for a title in the 152 pound division with Connor Kinnaird entering regionals in the 160 pound division.
“My main concern right now is making weight,” Carnahan said. “I just need to make sure I stay focused and not overlook anyone. This is live or die, especially if you don’t place in the top four. It’s a big advantage being at home, because I’m comfortable in my own gym.”
Jonathan Gomez and Cody Merrill will be looking for gold in the 182 and 195 pound divisions respectively, with Cameron McGill gunning for a title in the 220 pound division.
Daniel Moore will be in the heavyweight division.
“For the past several years we’ve wrestled better at home than away,” Kelly said. “Some kids though it will add a little pressure on them. Hopefully though it motivates us. As a coach you always pick a number before regionals to qualify. If we get more than eight, I’ll be extremely happy. Every kid we have has the chance to win matches. It’s about who’s ready to compete and extend their season.”
Meanwhile in other action this weekend Comanche, Marlow and Waurika will be in Kingfisher for the Class 3A regional wrestling tournament.
“I’ve got multiple returning qualifiers from last season,” Comanche coach Jason Miller said. “These guys know when to step up and perform. We’re fairly confident that JonWayne (Townsend) can do really good. All season though we’ve been a hit and miss team so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Corey Williams (113), Shayne Revels (120), Ricky Kelly (126), Jonathan Robinson (145), and Devin Renfro (182) will be just a few of the Indians in action looking for regional titles this weekend.
Seth Scarbrough (145), Cody Scroggins (138) and Logan Knox (113) will be in action for the Outlaws, with Josh Jacobson representing Waurika.
Starting today, there is no room for mistakes.
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No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
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