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February 15, 2014

Southmoore looks to take next step at Dual State

Group of unknown grapplers will be key

NORMAN — Southmoore’s history at Dual State is a short read. The totality of it is a first-round loss to eventual runner-up Muskogee by one point in last year’s tournament.

However, in that brief appearance, the SaberCats learned what it takes to not only advance through the field, but also take home a state championship.

“You have to win the matchups where you can win,” Southmoore coach Gregory George said. “You need to get bonus points and you can’t give up bonus points. You can’t have your average kids give up a fall (pin). And your studs have to get falls. If we can get a couple of our really good kids to get a couple of falls and keep our average kids from not getting pinned, that’s where we will win the dual.”

The fifth-ranked SaberCats will put that plan to the test today. They’re the lone area representative competing at the 2014 Dual 6A Team Wrestling Championships at Yukon High.

The Cats (9-0) face No. 3 Broken Arrow (8-1) in the first round at noon. Southmoore hasn’t been to a single dual or tournament with BA. So both teams head into the dual blind.

The winner will move to the semifinals at 2:15. The championship match is set for 6:30 p.m.

This is the first year dual state will be held on one day instead of split into two. It’s something George likes since his team often goes to competitions where they will wrestle that many times in a single day.

“I really do like that,” George said. “It’s only three duals. We do three duals all the time in one day. When we go to dual tournaments. We will do up to five duals in one day. I like the one-day format. The crowds are better. People don’t feel as ripped off driving across the state. And you get to see all the good teams at one time.”

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