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February 23, 2013

T-Wolves trio earn title shots

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“It’s like no other feeling I’ve ever had,” said Hansen after topping Edmond North’s Josh Breece 4-3.

Hansen scored a second-period takedown to lead 4-2 and gave up a late escape, but remained out of trouble as the match concluded.

After he won, Henning told him to watch the match going on at the adjacent mat because he’d be facing the winner. Hansen caught some of it, but only after running to the top of section 303 to hug his father, Steve, who introduced him to the sport as a 6-year old.

Bassham may be the stunner of the group. Hansen and Berry were regional champions, but he finished third at Midwest City last weekend.

Friday, he responded by pinning Jenks’ Jake Pattinson in 3:47 before outlasting Putnam City North’s Velijah Cato 7-6. According to the seeding, both were upsets.

They didn’t look like upsets.

“It feels amazing,” Bassham said. “I knew I had it before it began but I didn’t know how it was going to happen.”

Most of it happened with a second period reversal that came with back points. Leading 7-4 in the third, Bassham allowed an escape and was hit with a point penalty for stalling. Still, Cato was never in position to score the two additional points he needed.

Berry is the grappler who thought he’d have to wait until next year, before the OSSAA cleared him, after his transfer from Tuttle, just in time for regionals.

Sweat was pouring off him after he topped Bixby’s Mason Thompson 4-2 and that was a new thing for Berry.

“I am so tired right now,” he said.

Typically, he said, three periods on the mat wouldn’t leave him so soggy. Why did it?

“Nerves,” he said. “Nerves.”

If he overcomes them again today, he’ll win his second state title. Two years ago as a 140-pound Tuttle freshman, he won a Class 4A crown.

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