The Duncan Banner

December 11, 2013

Demon wrestling opener delayed

Bob Morris
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Duncan wrestling team is the latest squad to have an event delayed because of the recent inclement weather.

In the Demons’ case, their home match Thursday against Ada was postponed because Ada had been hit hard by ice and snow, making travel difficult and keeping schools closed.

Demon wrestling coach Kevin Kelly said that those factors meant the Cougar wrestlers have been unable to prepare for Thursday’s match.

“Their coach was not sure if they would have school Wednesday and he hadn’t determined their weight rankings yet,” Kelly said. “Wrestling is different because you have to weigh in. Their coach said he had no idea how they’d weigh in or if they’d be able to fill all the weight classes.”

This resulted in the Ada match being postponed until January. A specific date has not been set.

Kelly said the wrestlers’ opener being postponed was tough to accept.

“We can’t get our season started,” he said. “The basketball coaches feel the same way. We’re frustrated about not being able to practice enough and get going.”

Still, the wrestlers are making the best of the situation, he said. Practices have gone well thus far, and Kelly said that he has been making things “a little tougher” each day to get the wrestlers prepared for the matches that lie ahead.

“I told the kids that it’s December and it’s time to lay it all out,” he said. “I expect a good start to the season, if we can get it going.”

Duncan will now open its season Tuesday at home against Chickasha. The Demons then head to Comanche Thursday, Dec. 19, and then will have their own tournament Dec. 20-21.