Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

June 25, 2014

Former Tahlequah coach hired at Duncan

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Brandon Benson is a head coach again.

After leaving Tahlequah in April of 2012, Benson is slated to take over the wrestling program at Duncan High School. The move was subject to school board approval on Tuesday night.

“Very excited to be at the helm of a program that has traditionally been one of the top 5A programs,” Benson told the Daily Press on Tuesday. “I’m looking forward to seeing where this program can climb to.”

Hired at Tahlequah’s head coach in 2010, Benson led the Tigers to their first dual state berth in 2011. Tahlequah has yet to return to dual state since losing to Altus in the quarterfinals in 2011.

Speaking of Altus, that’s where Benson ended up when he left Tahlequah. He was an assistant coach for Nick Williams, who led Altus to a third-place finish at the Class 5A state tournament during the 2013-2014 season.

Now Benson will head to Duncan, where his father, Craig, took over as the head football coach recently.

“Duncan Wrestling has the support and wrestlers to exceed expectations,” Benson said, “and it will eventually get to where I want it to be.”

In 2013-2014, Duncan qualified four wrestlers for the state tournament. At 152 pounds, Connor Kelley recorded the Demons’ best result, finishing fourth.

 

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