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Bulldog wrestlers’ success at COAC tournament

Memorial's wrestling team placed fourth overall in the COAC competition.

Memorial's wrestling team placed fourth overall in the COAC competition.

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Memorial's wrestling team placed fourth overall in the COAC competition.

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Memorial's wrestling team placed fourth overall in the COAC competition.

Ebonee Miller, Memorial Staff Writer

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On the cold windy morning of Jan. 11, Memorial’s wrestling team traveled to Southmoore High School to compete in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference (COAC) Wrestling Tournament.

Senior Peter Rolle was among Memorial’s successful athletes as he placed first in his division at the tournament.

“I love wrestling it’s something that comes naturally and is fun,” Rolle said.

Rolle has been wrestling for the past 12 years and he’s determined to work hard because wrestling is going to pay for his college.

The team also did well overall as they placed fourth place as a whole and three of the wrestlers came in first in their weight class and others placed as the top finishers. Head wrestling coach Albert White was awarded the Outstanding Coach Award at the tournament.

Assistant coach Tyler Shaw who has been coaching for the past eight years is extremely proud of the wrestlers this year.

“Regionals is not far away and I’m confident that we can have several guys qualify for state this year as long as they hold out and work hard they will do great,” Shaw said.

The boys have improved a lot since they first started training and the team has to stay in shape and their conditioning has increased.

“I feel like our guys are well conditioned and can out wrestle others as long as they become tired before us,” Shaw said.

The team has had great practices, the boys have been able to keep focus while learning new moves this year.

The wrestlers hope that at the next tournament more students will come out and support because they will feel more encouraged.  Sat. Jan. 26, the bulldogs traveled to Andover Kansas to compete in the Andover Trojan Tournament.

The last conference helped the team know what they needed to improve on to do better at the next tournament. The team placed second at the tournament. Junior Kyle Knowles placed first in his division.

“Practicing for this tournament made me transform into better shape, more prepared and wrestle better,” Knowles said.

Knowles has been working hard on keeping his stamina up so he does not become tired as quickly as the other wrestlers. That is one of the biggest things all of the wrestlers are working on.

“The tournament came pretty easily, only a couple tough kids in each bracket which was nice,” Knowles said.

One of the teams biggest struggles is having everyone healthy. Three of the starters are out due to being sick. This tournament will help the wrestlers improve on the things they are lacking and can work on them for the next couple of weeks till state.

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Ebonee Miller, Memorial Staff Writer

Hello. My name is Ebonee Miller, I am a senior at Edmond Memorial High School. This is my first year as a staff writer for Memorial. I was on the Pom for...

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