Class 4A wrestling: Tuttle eyes fifth straight title
BY JOHN RITTENOURE World Correspondent
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2/23/13 at 5:56 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Tuttle has won the last four Class 4A state wrestling championships and now is on the verge of winning its fifth.
The Tigers put seven wrestlers into Saturday's finals at State Fair Arena and have a commanding 133-63 lead over Cushing in the team standings.
Tuttle coach Matt Surber was expecting more to make the finals cut.
"We pushed seven through to the finals and that is going to help us team-wise," Surber said. "We left a few out there I thought we could have won. We will have to scrap a little bit harder.
"We went 12 for 12 the first round then we lost five close ones. Now the goal is to get those five to place on the backside. Their first goal is not met so now they have to do it for the team. That has helped us in years past."
Tuttle won matches at 113, 120, 132, 145, 170, 220 and 285 pounds, but lost the opening 106 match and lost at 152, 160, 182 and 195.
"We lost one in overtime and lost two really close matches," Surber said. "Those kids worked so hard to want to see them in the finals. But that is wrestling for you."
Surber was happy with freshman Dayton Garrett (120) and sophmore Dustin Mason (220) who stepped up.
"We scrapped pretty hard at some weights," said Surber. "I have three returning state champs and I have some guys that picked up falls."
Kyle Driscoll of Cascia Hall (35-1) set himself up for a possible second consecutive title with his 19-3 semifinal victory over D.J. Womack of Glenpool at 152.
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