Wrestling season starts with a slam

Wrestlers cheer on one of their teammates from the sidelines.

Spencer Tuia

Wrestlers cheer on one of their teammates from the sidelines.

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As the seasons continue to change, the colder weather brings on the start of wrestling season. The 16-time State champion Broken Arrow Tiger Wrestling team looks to bring back yet another championship to the already prestigious program. The Tigers are going into the 2017 season looking to make a return to the top of the Oklahoma wrestling world. Coach Shawn Jones and his varsity squad have been prepping for the season with grueling practices and hitting the weights hard. Coach Jones’ formula for success is proven by the amount of individual and team championships that Broken Arrow has won, making them one of the best programs in Oklahoma.

“Everyone’s goal this year is to win state both individually and as a team,” junior Brady Mattioda said. “Coach Jones pushes us in practice and it really pays off when it counts.”

After finishing with a 12 and 2 record last year, and finishing runner-ups for the state championship, the Tigers have reloaded and are ready to burst onto the scene this season and reclaim the coveted state championship. Finishing with a state championship this year will bring the Tigers total count to 17 and make Coach Shawn Jones the winning-est coach in the history of the program. Coach Jones is currently tied with former Coach Steve Dunlap at 4 state championships. The Tigers also look to return to the top by winning the dual state championship.

“I’ve been taught that a good work ethic influences others,” sophomore Zach Marcheselli said. “Wrestling taught me that I always have a band of brothers and always try to do better the next march.”

The Tigers are loaded with talent this year. Some key wrestlers to the Tigers quest for yet another state championship are Tajuan Daniels, Tyler Lawley, Brady Mattioda, Caleb Wise, Zach Marcheselli, and Trenton Lieurance.

“We are really coming together as a team, and I really feel like we have a chance to win big in most categories this year,” senior Tajuan Daniels said

The wrestling season kicks off on Nov. 12 at the Tiger Fieldhouse for the Broken Arrow Open. The meet begins at 9 A.M and admission is 5 dollars.

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