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January 7, 2014

Lions keen on taking home the ‘shoe’ when they meet the SaberCats and Jaguars at the Moore Festival

MOORE — Kyle Peterman doesn’t want to lose it.

For the past three years, he and his Moore Lion teammates have taken home the “shoe” after winning the annual Moore Wrestling Festival.

Now that he’s in his senior year, Peterman isn’t ready to give it away.

“It’s one of the biggest things for me,” Peterman said. “It’s a feeling no one else can ever get. We have all the other schools here. Almost every other sport, they are dominating us and they have all these bragging rights. But with us coming in and wrestling being so strong, and winning it three times now, I really want to go for four.”

The fourth annual Moore Festival is set to begin at 2 p.m. today inside the Moore Gym. The Lions will defend their city championship against Westmoore and Southmoore. Each team will dual the other two. The team that prevails wins the “shoe.”

“We’ve held the shoe the past three years in a row now,” Moore coach Robert Washington said. “I’d like to try and carry the tradition. There are some good programs. All of us are all pretty evenly matched.

“It’s probably going to be a toss up to see what happens. We are just going to go out there and fight like we always do. We are fired up about it.”

The Jaguars and SaberCats don’t intend to lie down for the Lions.

“Southmoore and Moore, they are tough teams this year,” first-year Westmoore coach Chris Finn said. “They have good, solid lineups, but I think we do too. We are going to go compete and whatever happens, happens. Hopefully, we come out on top.”

The SaberCats come into the match with one of the top wrestlers in the state in Nathan Marek. They’ll also bring a more veteran squad than their two opponents. All three teams know the competitive juices will go to another level when the city title’s at stake.

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