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January 16, 2013

Tigers fall short of dual state invite

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“We wrestled really well today,” Maynes said. “We were here, but we were here without our best team. Even so, I saw a lot of progression from everyone today.”

It’s a trend that began with last weekend’s tournament in Salina, Kan., one that NHS finished in fourth place. At that event, the Tigers began to take steps in the most important area of the sport: the mental aspect.

“They got over the hump last weekend mentally,” Maynes said after the event. “And they continued that today. They stopped making some of the stupid mistakes technically and began to apply what we’ve been teaching, and you can see the difference it makes.”

When the Tigers take to the mat in Yukon on Friday, they’ll compete in what Maynes called “a bear of a tournament,” featuring 28 of the best squads from Class 4A, 5A and 6A. With about a month to go until regionals begin, the tournament represents an opportunity for NHS to find its form against the best competition before gearing up for the postseason.

“This was encouraging going into the Yukon tournament,” Maynes said. “They know how tough that tournament this weekend will be, and they embrace that.”

Corbin Hosler

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