NORMAN — While all Norman and Moore schools will stay on the west side of the state to compete at the Southmoore wrestling regional, the smaller schools will do a little more traveling.
Noble will compete at Del City, while Little Axe will travel to Plainview. The Bears have five wrestlers ranked in the top five in their weight class, while the Indians have a pair expected to compete for a spot at state.
Uphill road: Norman High’s Cale Stumpff has faced his share of ups an downs this season. A year after making the state meet, the senior has put together a 10-5 record and a pair of top-four finishes in tournaments.
Still, he faces one of the state’s toughest weights at 195, and a difficult regional path to the state meet.
“I think being to the state meet last year will give me a good seed at regionals,” he said. “But it’s going to be hard, and I’ve been off and on this year. I’ve got to wrestle smart and hard, and have a good meet.”
While Stumpff’s road back to state won’t be easy, it’s one coach Bo Maynes is confident his senior has the ability to take.
“It’s a tough weight, but he’s had the experience,” Maynes said. “At this point of the season for everyone it’s about being mentally ready. Wrestling is a short but long season, and a lot of guys at this point are ready for the season to be over. You’ve got to want to go another week.”
Royals’ run begins:The small schools have a longer playoff run than Class 5A and Class 6A, and that run begins tomorrow for many, including the Community Christian girls. The Royals will host Northeast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, while the boys will play Boone-Apache at 8 p.m.