Juniors Blaine Fields and Colby Anderson hope the success they enjoyed in last weekend’s east regional at Cleveland will continue for them at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament that begins Friday morning.
Fields was second at 135 pounds and Anderson qualified by finishing third at 125 in the regional.
“They really wrestled well,” Miami coach Josh Bolinger said. “I have pretty high expectations for them.”
Wrestlers weigh in at 8 a.m. Friday at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. Competition starts at 10:30 a.m.
Bolinger, Anderson and Fields left Miami this morning.
Fields (32-7) has been paired with Elk City sophomore Brad Pettis (20-14) while Anderson (33-11) will face McLoud junior Myke Lisher (30-5) in first round matches.
“We’ve seen the brackets, but we don’t know much about the guys we’re wrestling,” Bolinger said. “We know we will have to wrestle tough. Both have a chance if they wrestle well.”
Lisher suffered a 9-1 loss to Garrett Evans of Cushing in the 125 finals at Clinton.
Pettis was pinned by Cody Meritt of Elgin at 2:34 in the 135 consolation finals.
Fields suffered a 2-1 loss to Bristow senior Jerad Schroeder in the 135 finals at regionals. Schroeder scored a reverse in the second period then held on.
Anderson avenged a quarterfinal loss to Sallisaw senior Ryan Harwell when he chalked up a 5-4 decision in the consolation finals.
Bolinger was a four-time state qualifier while in high school at Carl Junction, Mo. He finished fourth at 145 pounds as a junior and was the 152-pound champion as a senior.
What can he pass on to Fields and Anderson?
“I will try to help out as much as I can,” Bolinger said. “A lot of kids, once they get into the arena, get shellshocked because everything that is going on. Hopefully I can keep them focused and headed in the right direction.
NEO splits at Western
By Monty Franks
ALTUS — Following an 81-46 rout of Western State College by the 23rd-ranked Northeastern A&M Lady Norse, the Golden Norsemen suffered a 95-88 loss to the 15th-rated Pioneers Wednesday night to conclude the regular season.
With the victory, coach Jim Rowland's Lady Norse finish 22-7 on the season and 12-3 against Region II opponents. The Lady Norse finished second in the Eastern Division of the Bi-State Athletic Conference with a 5-3 record.
Coach Dustin Grover's Golden Norse end the regular season with a 17-13 record and 11-9 in Region II. The Norsemen placed third in the Bi-State East with a 4-4 record.
Western coach Rolando De La Barrera has guided the Pioneers to a 24-4 season record and a 19-2 mark against the Region II.
Seeding for the OG&E Region II Division I Tournament scheduled for March 5-9 at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee will be determined Friday during the annual coaches meeting.
The eight-team men's Region II tournament, featuring teams from Oklahoma and Arkansas, will start with four games on Thursday with the women's portion starting Friday, March 6, in the Noble Center on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University.
Both sides come together for quarterfinals on Saturday and the championship games on Sunday.