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Wrestling does their best at state

Jacob Arthurs, Staff Writer

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   On Feb. 24, wrestlers from Memorial made the trip to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena to compete in the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) 6A State Wrestling tournament. Of the eight wrestlers who attended this event, from Memorial, the top performers were junior Peter Rolle, who finished second, and sophomore Jackson Oplotnik, who finished fourth.

   “I was really excited to go to state this year because this is the first year I qualified; sophomore year I didn’t qualify for state and freshman year I tore my ACL,” junior Kyle Knowles said.

   The wrestling team has been preparing for this event for months. Wrestlers trained hard daily under the guidance of their coach, Albert White.

   “Working hard alongside all my teammates every day and Mr. White’s coaching really prepared me to compete,” Oplotnik said.

   As with any sport, there is always room for improvement. Many wrestlers felt that their performance could have improved if they were more committed to practicing.

   “I really wish I worked harder for state the week prior,” Rolle said. “I feel like I would have had a much better shot at being state champion if I dedicated myself a little more.”

   Overall, Memorial showed a large amount of effort  at the state tournament but didn’t do as well as last year. They are hoping to improve for next year.

   “I feel like Memorial did okay at state, everyone wrestled hard but we could have done much better,” Oplotnik said.

 

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