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January 30, 2014

Tough schedule awaits Duncan on the mat

DUNCAN — The Duncan wrestlers will face some tough competition in the next few days.

Duncan scored a 67-9 dual victory at Durant Tuesday. That win comes as the Demons prepare for Thursday’s home match against Noble, then the Chickasha tournament Friday and Saturday.

Durant wasn’t at full strength for Tuesday’s match. Demon coach Kevin Kelly said that Durant had three wrestlers who were hurt, including two of the better wrestlers. But the Demons didn’t take anything for granted.

“I thought we came out and were pretty aggressive,” Kelly said. “We controlled things, took our shots and, overall, wrestled pretty good.”

Noble should be a bigger test for the Demons. Kelly said Noble has strong kids in several weight classes who aggressively get after opponents.

“We’ll have to be ready to wrestle,” he said. “It will be a dogfight.”

And then comes the Chickasha tournament. One of the strongest teams in that tourney is Class 4A Tuttle.

“They have probably, from top to bottom, little league through high school, a program run better than any other school in Oklahoma,” Kelly said. “With Tuttle, when you are on the high school team, you expect to win.”

The Demons will see Tuttle again Feb. 4 for a triangular with the host school and Plainview.

It’s not just Tuttle that will test Duncan at this weekend’s tournament, though. Kelly said the quality of competition at the Chickasha event has improved each year.

“They will have some weights that will be loaded,” he said, adding that a few weight classes will feature athletes who are nationally ranked.

The Feb. 4 match in Tuttle will be the Demons’ last regular-season matchup. From there, they will prepare for the regional and state tournaments.

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