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February 14, 2013

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NORMAN —

Wrestling squads head to regionals: After ending the dual season last week, Norman High and Norman North will travel to Midwest City for regionals on Friday and Saturday.

Both teams have enjoyed big success at times this season, and both schools have ranked wrestlers expected to perform well this weekend.

For North, sophomore Hayden Hansen will have the most eyes on him. The third-ranked wrestler at 126 pounds, he’s expected to contend at the state meet. The T-Wolves are also looking for strong showings from Blake Bassham, ranked seventh at 145 pounds, and Austin McTrusty, who will enter the heavyweight division ranked ninth.

NHS also has a trio of wrestlers ranked entering the meet. Colin Pasque leads the group by being ranked No. 6 at 138 pounds, while Derek Ross and Isaiah Davis are 10th and seventh at 113 and 152 pounds, respectively.

Cox questionable for Clash: Bethany Cox, the Tigers’ senior leader and second-leading scorer, faces an uncertain status heading into Friday’s Crosstown Clash at Norman High.

Cox missed Tuesday’s loss to Westmoore with the flu, and the Tigers played uninspired in her absence. Coach Nichole Copeland said the team should have her back in time for regionals next week but isn’t sure if she’ll be ready to go by Friday.

“This flu is nasty, and it takes a lot out of you,” she said. “She doesn’t like to not be on the floor so she’ll do whatever she can to be ready. We’ll see what she’s got whenever she’s able to make it back.”

Ely slowly returning to full strength: While Cox may not be on the floor against Norman North, leading scorer Taylor Ely will be. But she won’t be at full strength.

The junior injured her ankle a month ago and was off the floor for two weeks. She returned slightly ahead of schedule and has played well for the Tigers, but she’s had a noticeable limp after several games.

Before Tuesday’s contest, Ely said she was getting better and estimated she’s playing at 85 percent.

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