The Duncan wrestlers have two weeks to prepare for regionals.
Those preparations started with running sessions in the mornings before school, which the wrestlers plan to continue until three days before the regional meet Feb. 21-22 in Del City.
Demon senior Jett Gray said intensity has picked up in practice.
“We’re giving it everything we got in practice,” he said. “We have turned it up a lot.”
Additional preparation will include correcting a few mistakes, said Demon coach Kevin Kelly.
“We’ve got to find ways to win those one- and two-point matches late in the year,” he said.
Some of those elements are finishing shots and getting to one’s feet when trapped on the bottom, Kelly said.
“Against the really good kids, if we do those things just a little bit, we’re going to win a lot more matches,” he said.
What has helped is the leadership of Gray and the rest of the seniors, said sophomore Jimmy Mejia.
“They tell us to work hard and keep at it,” he said. “They won’t let us quit.”
One of the Demons’ goals this season was to reach the dual state meet, but a dual loss to Western Heights meant Duncan did not qualify. But the loss may have made the wrestlers more focused in later matches and in their preparation for regionals.
“A few of those matches we lost to not qualify for dual state, we have beaten those kids again,” said Kelly, referring to tournament matches. “It helped us focus not just on dual state, but on regionals and the guys we need to beat.”
But although it was disappointing not to qualify for dual state, Gray said the extra week to focus on regionals will help.
“Dual state is important, but it does not matter as much as regionals,” he said. “Regionals and state, that is the ultimate goal. Those are the matches that determine whether you get to wrestle another week.”
The regional pairings will be announced later this week. Kelly expects some tough matchups.
“Some of our kids will have to wrestle really well just to qualify for state,” he said. “There are some weights in which the top four in our regional are the top four in the state.
“I told the kids we will have a lot of tough, really close matches, where if we win them, we’ll qualify (for state), and if we don’t, we won’t go.”
Gray said his weight class, 126 pounds, may be the toughest it has been in his four years. But facing tough competition is a good thing, he said.
“You want to go in, knowing you are wrestling good kids,” he said.
Mejia said he expects the team to have a good showing against tough competition.
“I think we’ll have some pretty good matches,” he said.
Most of all, each Duncan wrestler competing in regionals expects to qualify for state.
“We’re looking really good going into regionals,” Gray said. “Everyone is putting in the work to make it happen.”
The Duncan wrestlers have two weeks to prepare for regionals.
Demons take two from Del City
The Duncan baseball team swept a doubleheader at Del City Tuesday.
The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.
Bronchos survive Fletcher
Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?
Girls tennis tops at Guthrie
The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.
Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers
Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.
Golfers sixth at Fort Sill
Windy conditions made it difficult on the Duncan boys golf team at the Class 5A state preview tournament at Fort Sill Monday.
“It was a rough day on everybody,” said Demon coach Lindy Welborn. “I’m betting (the golfers) were concerned more with how they were going to get warm than what the’d get out of their next shot.”
Glenna L. Gray
Glenna L. Gray, 67 of Oklahoma City a former long time Duncan resident passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.
Kelly headed to Southeastern
Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.
Demon home game becomes road doubleheader
The Duncan baseball team will head to Del City for a doubleheader Tuesday after its scheduled home Monday game was postponed.
Demon coach Tim Hightower said Del City had some transportation issues that kept the Eagles from making it to Duncan. Snow in Del City delayed school buses and one would not have been available to bring the players to Duncan until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. That would mean delaying the start time of Monday’s game until later in the evening, when it would have been cold.
Phillips’ pitching gives CHS hope in loss
In a 4-0 loss Saturday, No. 11 Central High stood toe to toe with No. 4 Sterling in the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament final.
Sophomore Cooper Phillips pitched a complete game for the Bronchos (16-7), allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks. Coach Jeff Jones said with the team’s usual production, the Bronchos could have won the game.
Weather makes things tough at state preview
Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.
Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.
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