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.
It’s an uphill battle for both teams, as they have to win the first game to advance to regionals, and two games to enter in the winner’s bracket. For the girls (18-4), that means a Saturday matchup against a 10-7 Boone-Apache team. For the boys (14-8), it’s a second-round matchup against Northeast (13-6).
Rankings update: In the final rankings update before the Class 6A playoffs begin, the Norman North girls have moved up to No. 7, while the boys are at No. 9. Both teams suffered close losses to top five Midwest City teams Tuesday.
Norman High’s girls, who lost to No. 17 Southmoore on Tuesday, are ranked 20th. Westmooore is No. 18, while the Moore and Southmoore boys are ranked No. 16 and No. 17, respectively.
The Washington girls remain undefeated in Class 3A and are ranked No. 3. The Warriors are 22-0 after defeating Class 2A’s eighth-ranked Latta on Tuesday.
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