Stillwater News Press

High School Sports

December 11, 2013

Pioneers hungry for first home dual

STILLWATER, Okla. — The weather has pushed back Stillwater’s season a week. But the excitement level has risen.

Stillwater will host Sapulpa at 7 p.m. Thursday which will be their first dual of the year in front of their home crowd.

“We’ve got to focus on what we are best at and find a groove and get in it and just go,” Stillwater coach Doug Chesbro said.

No. 3 ranked Stillwater wants to not only beat No. 12 Sapulpa but they aim at doing it convincingly.

“They’ll have some good kids. They always do,” Chesbro said. “If we’re going to truly be a top three team then we need to dominate teams that are of that caliber in the rankings. We’ll find out. I think if we score 40 or more points against them I will be pretty impressed and think that they are doing a pretty good job.”

Stillwater High School has not yet seen a home event for the winter season. The Pioneers’ wrestling dual will end that streak.

“Everybody is probable itching and ready to have some excitement go on in the gym. Hopefully we will give them what they want,” Chesbro said.

The Pioneers have had a couple of duals cancelled at the beginning of the season because of the weather. The wrestlers have been chomping at the bit to get on the mat.

“The kids are ready to wrestle, especially at home. Time-wise, we’re about a week behind,” Chesbro said.

Stillwater will battle in the Perry Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday after the dual against Sapulpa.

“(Thursday) is definitely going to be big for getting our kids ready to compete for something a little bit bigger this weekend,” Chesbro said.The Pioneers have only wrestled in the Ark City Dual Tournament Dec. 7. Because Stillwater has had two duals cancelled the wrestlers have been anxiousiously waiting.

“We’re really eager to wrestle in this one,” Stillwater 152-pound junior Joe Smith said.

Stillwater has a handful of reasons why they want to defeat Sapulpa. This will be the Pioneers’ first dual at home and they have kept Stillwater out of Dual-State in the past though it is not a district dual this year.

“This year I’m hoping we should pound them,” Stillwater 132-pound junior Kaid Brock said. “I have a feeling that we’re pretty eager to have our first dual, especially since it’s at home. We’re going to want to make a statement.”

The crowd could bring a lot more energy than they have in the past for the wrestling team.

“It’s really exciting due to the fact that the student body is behind us a lot more this year,” Brock said.

The wrestling room has been excited about the upcoming season and wants to start their home stand off on the right foot against Sapulpa Thursday.

“I hope we have a good crowd turnout. We have a chance to be really good this year and I think everybody is really motivated to win this dual,” Smith said.

Despite a nine team ranking difference between Stillwater and Sapulpa, the Pioneers will not slack off at all.

“We’ve still got to show up. There’s not too many slouches in Oklahoma where you can just go and plan on beating. You’ve got to wrestle every dual,” Smith said.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down Rise of the Milkbots TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Lindsay Lohan's Jaw-Dropping Secret President Sends Message To Boston And Marathon Runners LA Pastor Attracts Churchgoers with Pot Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body
Must Read