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2018 dual state preview

Check out the favorites and who could surprise at this year's dual state tournament in Shawnee

Class 6A

Favorites

Broken Arrow: What the Tigers lack in star power at the lower weights, they make up for with a one-two punch of Gavin Potter and Zach Marcheseilli at 195 and 200 pounds, respectively. Oh, and Broken Arrow only has two seniors (Brady Mattioda at 152 and Caleb Wise at 160) this season, so the Tigers will continue to have their say in who controls the reins in the state’s largest classification.

Choctaw: Last year’s dual and state champion has another strong nucleus this year with the likes of Colt Newton (126), Jefferson Spear (160), Jaryn Curry (170), Zane Coleman (182) and Caulin Poole (285). The Yellowjackets are 8-1 in duals with the only loss against Broken Arrow on the eve of the Geary tournament.

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Edmond North: The Huskies faced plenty of tests during the regular season with tournament appearances at the Kansas City Stampede, the Geary tournament and the Jay Hancock Tournament in Yukon. Edmond North could be a long shot, but guys like Trent Higginbotham (132), Grayson Sebourn (120), Charles Floyd (160), Blake Minnick (220), Anthony Desvigne (145) and Noah Hooks (182) are all tough outs.

Prediction: Broken Arrow survives against Choctaw again. The Tigers knocked off Choctaw 34-30 on Jan. 4, and Broken Arrow will find a way to win its first dual state title since 2014.

Class 5A

Favorite

Lawton MacArthur: The Highlanders, breaking a 27-year drought, won dual state last year with a narrow 30-28 victory over Collinsville in the finals. This year, Lawton MacArthur is anchored by Quinton Smith (132), Nick Mahan (152), Hunter Jump (160) and Montana Phillips (285).

Keep an eye on…

Skiatook: A pair of freshmen, Josh Taylor (120) and Cougar Anderson (138), have led a resurgent effort by the Bulldogs this season. Skiatook has climbed the polls in 5A almost every week, and a showdown with Lawton Mac in the finals at dual state would be pure entertainment.

Altus: It’s been 23 years since the Bulldogs won dual state, and they’ll attempt to nab their first title with Noah Briones (170) and Cabe Dickerson (195) leading the way.

Prediction: Somehow, some way, Skiatook finds a way extract more magic out of an already stellar season. Then it’ll be game on come state tournament time in a couple of weeks.

Class 4A

Favorite

Tuttle: Few things are more obvious than Tuttle being the favorite in any Oklahoma tournament it participates in. Garrett Steidley (113), Rhett Golowenski (120), Ryder Ramsey (126), Luke Surber (138), Dustin Plott (160), Carson Berryhill (170), Kavan Guffey (182) and Trey Mason (285) are just eight out of Tuttle’s dominant lineup. At last year’s dual state, the Tigers gave up a grand total of 20 points in three duals. Now, can they top that this year?

Keep an eye on…

Blanchard: The Lions stumbled and lost to Vinita in last year’s dual state quarterfinals. They’ll get another tough test in the quarterfinals in Catoosa, but Braeden Williams (106), Zach Williams (120), Josh Parks (138) and Ryan Bracken (285) are key cogs in Blanchard’s solid lineup.

Prediction: Tuttle’s dual dynasty continues for the ninth straight year.

Class 3A

Favorite

Perry: Dylan Avery (132), Hadyn Redus (138), Riley Cinnamon (145), Jace Burdick (170) and Kohl Owen (182) are now the ones leading the charge in the dynasty known as Maroon wrestling.

Keep an eye on…

Comanche: Guys like Zack Mayes (145), Cade Cook (170), Dailen Presgrove (182) and Konner Doucet (195) give the Indians a fighting chance.

Prediction: There will come a time when Perry doesn’t win dual state. Just not sure when it’ll be. Maroons win another title this year.

— By BEN JOHNSON

Dual state schedule

All quarterfinal duals will be wrestled on Friday. Semifinals and championship duals will be Saturday.

At FireLake Arena in Shawnee (18145 Old Rangeline Road)

6A

Friday – 6 p.m.

Dual 1: Choctaw vs. Ponca City, Mat 1

Dual 2: Sand Springs vs. Mustang, Mat 3

Dual 3: Broken Arrow vs. Deer Creek, Mat 2

Dual 4: Edmond North vs. Owasso, Mat 4

Saturday

Semifinals – 2 p.m.

Dual 5: Dual 1 winner vs. dual 2 winner, Mat 2

Dual 6: Dual 3 winner vs. dual 4 winner, Mat 4

Finals – 6:30 p.m.

Championship dual, Mat 4

5A

Friday – 2 p.m.

Dual 1: Lawton MacArthur vs. Glenpool, Mat 1

Dual 2: Pryor vs. Piedmont, Mat 3

Dual 3: Skiatook vs. Duncan, Mat 2

Dual 4: Altus vs. Collinsville, Mat 4

Saturday

Semifinals – Noon

Dual 5: Dual 1 winner vs. Dual 2 winner, Mat 2

Dual 6: Dual 3 winner vs. Dual 4 winner, Mat 4

Finals – 6:30 p.m.

Championship dual, Mat 3

4A

Friday – 4 p.m.

Dual 1: Tuttle vs. Mannford, Mat 1

Dual 2: Wagoner vs. Newcastle, Mat 3

Dual 3: Vinita vs. Elgin, Mat 2

Dual 4: Blanchard vs. Catoosa, Mat 4

Saturday

Semifinals – 2 p.m.

Dual 5: Dual 1 winner vs. Dual 2 winner, Mat 1

Dual 6: Dual 3 winner vs. Dual 4 winner, Mat 3

Finals – 6:30 p.m.

Championship dual, Mat 2

3A

Friday – Noon

Dual 1: Perry vs. Newkirk, Mat 1

Dual 2: Salina vs. Blackwell, Mat 3

Dual 3: Comanche vs. Kingfisher, Mat 2

Dual 4: Marlow vs. Checotah, Mat 4

Saturday

Semifinals – Noon

Dual 5: Dual 1 winner vs. Dual 2 winner, Mat 1

Dual 6: Dual 3 winner vs. Dual 4 winner, Mat 3

Finals – 6:30 p.m.

Championship dual, Mat 1

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