The Norman Transcript


February 22, 2013

Bo Maynes took over a Tiger wrestling program at the bottom; today he’ll send a quartet of grapplers to the state tourney mat



Ross, who wants to wrestle in college but doesn’t know if he’ll get the chance, is certain about the program’s future, on one condition.

“Maynes has really put this program together,” he said. “Without him, it wouldn’t feel like a family the way he’s made it. It’s always going to get better with Maynes here.”

Pasque, the other senior, knows this is it for him. Wrestling has his heart, but pole vaulting will claim his athletic future just as soon as Saturday’s complete, through the spring and beyond.

“I tried it and it was so fun,” he said.

Still, whatever happens today and Saturday, Pasque will be leaving with a strange feeling, one masses of senior wrestlers feel every year, finished with the rare 24/7 sport.

“It’s crazy that it’s all coming to an end this weekend, but it’s a fun place to end it. I’m really happy I’ve made it again,” Pasque said. “This will be it for me, so these are my last couple of days in the wrestling room. These are my last couple of days to wrestle competitively.”

Knowing what he helped build must help.

“It’s been really good to watch the program develop,” Pasque said. “I know that I’m leaving it in a good place and I know that the guys here will be taking on leadership roles next year.”

Stumpff qualified third.

“Last year, we sent two,” he said. “This year, four. That’s amazing.”

Every one is so invested in the program. Even Jolliffie, who’s an interesting story.

A Detroit native and resident almost until his 15th birthday, he spent his sophomore year in Florida, where he first took up the sport.

Now he’s a Tiger.

He wasn’t around for “One dual, two duals, four duals.” Only “Six duals.” Yet Maynes believes he fits right in with the rest.

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