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February 22, 2013

Timberwolves in position to add to their list of state champions

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He’ll be joined by Hansen, who had a bead on last year’s state tournament but was derailed by a dislocated rib.

“I felt like I could have placed last year,” he said. “I never got a chance. It’s kind of been motivating me ever since.”

Then there’s Blake Bassham, a first-time state qualifier at 145 pounds, who finished third at the Midwest City regional, but thinks he should have finished first.

“I should have finished first because the kid that finished second, I already beat earlier in the season,” he said, “and the kid who got first, I definitely shouldn’t have lost to. He beat me by two points (3-1).”

Henning likes what his trio’s made of.

“All three are tough mentally,” he said. “Guys that you want to have in your foxhole when you’re at war.”

 

Other stars: Beyond Norman, the Transcript area is sending young wrestlers to the state tournament. Noble and Southmoore lead the way with dive qualifiers each, the Bears sending Trevor Symes (106), Shelby Greeson (126), Tristan Rabe (138), J.E. Bailey (152) and Dakota Boxwell (170) into the Class 5A draw and the SaberCats sending Connor Dooling (113), Zac Damico (120), Nathan Marek (170), Zac Moore (182) and Jakoby Walker (195) into the Class 6A draw.

Beyond North’s Berry and Hansen, the area counts one other regional champion and that’s Southmoore’s Marek, who’s also the only area guy ranked No. 1 at his weight by OKWrestle.com.

There are, though, a couple of second-ranked guys: Westmoore’s Dalton Duffield (106) and North’s Hansen (126).

 

Nigel The Natural: NHS junior Nigel Jolliffie, who qualified third in the 106-pound draw at Midwest City last Saturday, has been wrestling for less than two years.

Tiger coach Bo Maynes’ story is that Jolliffie’s father told him he had to take up a sport and offered baseball and wrestling as options. Jolliffie began with baseball, didn’t like it and moved over to the mat. Now he’s at the state tournament.

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