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February 14, 2014

Perry eyes sixth straight title

STILLWATER, Okla. — Winning the Dual State wrestling title isn’t a goal for the Perry Maroons — it’s an expectation. Saturday at Cushing High School, Perry will look to win its sixth straight title.

“We’ve been beating each other’s heads in the wrestling room,” Perry coach Ronnie Delk said. “Our guys are hungry and ready to start wrestling someone else.”

The Maroons (9-2) and ranked No. 1 in Class 3A open with No. 6 Chandler (7-2) at 10 a.m. The two  didn’t meet during the regular season. Delk said it will be a challenging matchup.

“Coach Ronny has a solid team,” Delk said. “He has some tough kids over there.”

If Perry wins, it will face the winner of No. 4 Plainview or No. 5 Locust Grove in the semifinals. In the 6:30 p.m. finals, the Maroons could rematch with No. 2 Blackwell, which they beat 34-28 earlier this season. Delk said he hopes his team gets another shot at them.

“We are eager for that matchup and want to get after them,” Delk said. “We didn’t wrestle well in that dual.”

The Cushing Tigers (10-2), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A returns to dual state and opens with No. 4 Sallisaw at noon in Cushing.

“Sallisaw is tough and has been ranked No. 3 or 4 all year,” Cushing coach Chad Short said. “They have five really tough kids and two returning state champions.”

If the Tigers win they will face the winner of No. 2 Vinita and No. 6 Clinton in the semifinals at 2 p.m. In the finals, Cushing will likely face the defending champion Tuttle. Short said it’s going to take all of his wrestlers.

“It’s the average wrestler that can win you a Dual State title,” Short said. “We need all of our guys ready to go.”

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