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A local wrestling center became the hot topic of the week when Hal Labyer, Community Bank President at Arvest, spoke on behalf of the renovations made at the center during the Noon Lions Club meeting on Thursday.

Last year brought on a unique year for the third annual Duncan Wrestling Golf Tournament. It was supposed to be the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Duncan Demons State Title team.

However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, they pushed the celebration to the fourth annual Duncan Wrestling Golf Tournament and will highlight the 1980 State Championship Wrestling team then.

Darrel Martin, fundraiser organizer, said the annual fundraiser will help make the Hoover Family Wrestling Complex one of the best in the nation.

“As a program, first and foremost we are trying to raise money for the Hoover Center to have our wrestling facility to be one of the best in the nation,” Martin said. “Randy Hoover, the McCasland Foundation have both helped us tremendously throughout the years of getting that goal of finishing it.”

Martin also said Arvest Bank has helped with donations over the year. With the 2021 team finishing as 5A Dual State Runner-Up, he said this is a great time to highlight the 1980 team.

“Last year with the pandemic — it was a hinderance to everyone with the obvious situation and we wanted to do it last year on the 40th anniversary,” Martin said. “This year, we have had great response from the team and all of the coaches are coming back … We only have one state championship and they were the ones that brought it home in 1980, but they did something that no one in Duncan has done. So we wanted to honor them the best way we know and that gives the young kids something to look at and help them strive to be better and be state champions.”

It will feature a four-man scramble with a shot gun start sounding at 8 a.m. June 18. The event will last until 1 p.m. and they will also have a dinner that night to honor the 1980 State Championship team.

Hole sponsorships are still available and there will be a free lunch available with the tournament. Around 20 of the athletes from the 1980 title team will return for the event.

With the event now more active in 2021, Martin said the ultimate goal is to make sure Duncan Wrestling gets the community support behind them.

“Our main goal out of this is to reunite with everyone and have great fellowship while also paying for the kids’ equipment and travel expenses,” Martin said. “We want to have the No. 1 wrestling center in the nation here in Duncan and we are so close to making that a reality. That has really helped a lot, when the people step up and help our program.”

Corey Ensey is the other tournament organizer and he concurred with everything Martin said and hopes for a successful fundraiser and great time for all.

“We are super thankful for the support we have received and if anyone wants to contribute to the program, rather it be the facility or to the kids — get in touch with us,” Ensey said.

To sign up or to sponsor, contact Martin at 580-475-4808.

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