Tahlequah Daily Press


February 15, 2013

Wrestling regional preview capsules

Quick look at regional tournaments around the state.


6A west (at Midwest City)

The favorite: Edmond North. The Huskies, coming off a dual state title last weekend, finished second at regionals and fourth at the state tournament last year. The triplets — Lance Dixon (182), Joel Dixon (195) and Andrew Dixon (220) — will make Edmond North hard to beat.

Other contenders: Muskogee and Southmoore. Dawaylon Barnes (145), Jacobe Smith (160), JT Andrews (170) should all be in the title mix for Muskogee, which won the Jenks tournament, finished second at the 4+4 tournament in Stillwater and came in fifth at the loaded Yukon tournament. Southmoore will be represented by Zac Damico (120) and Nathan Marek (170).

Other wrestlers to watch: Moore's Derek Sivertsen (182) will have to contend with Lance Dixon but should be a state title qualifier. ... Carlos Freeman (heavyweight) of Midwest City is one of several Bombers who have a chance at reaching the state tournament. ... Norman North's Hayden Hansen (126) could make a splash in one of the lower weights.

5A west (at Duncan)

The favorite: Lawton MacArthur. The Highlanders pushed Collinsville to the limit at dual state last weekend and will almost certainly be looking to atone for a 1/2-point loss to Altus at last year's regional tournament. Cole Powers (120), Colby Powers (126), Adrian Gaines (132), Brok Williams (138) and Garrett Shaw (220) a tough combination to deal with.

Other contenders: Altus and Duncan. Lawton Mac, Altus and Duncan have went toe to toe at both the Geary and Carl Albert tournaments during the regular season. Both times Lawton Mac won, with Altus second and Duncan third. Altus, the state runner-up last year to Collinsville, will deploy Montorie Bridges (106), Cameron Loving (152), Kellan Torres (160) and Sean Carson (195) in its attempt to go after Lawton Mac. Duncan's Markawae Sanders (113), Hunter Kelley (132), Connor Kelley (145) and Christian Carnahan (152) will keep the Demons in the hunt.

Other wrestlers to watch: Guthrie's Bryan Dutton (145), who won bronze at last year's state tournament, is likely headed for a finals showdown with Connor Kelley. ... Connoor Howard (220) beat Lawton Mac's in the finals at the Carl Albert tournament. The two could meet again in the regional finals. ... Chickasha's Jacoby Brown and Blake Finley of Guthrie could have a repeat of the finals in the Carl Albert tournament at heavyweight. Brown won 2-1 back then.

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