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O-T wrestlers take third, fourth at state

[ 0 ] March 5, 2014 |

By CHRIS EDENS

Sports Editor

The Martin brothers left it all on the mat last weekend at the state wrestling tournament.

Oologah junior Cole Martin took third and freshman Brock Martin took fourth in 4A at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

The Martin’s are carrying on a family tradition. Their cousin Garrett Martin was a state champion wrestler from Oologah a few years ago.

Cole and Brock Martin wrestled their way out of early round matches to make the consolation finals Saturday.

I’m proud of them. I was very pleased with both of their performances,” Oologah head coach Chad Weeks said. “They both have a good chance to better their outing at state next year.”

Cole Martin’s performance at state was even more impressive because he had to overcome an injury. He broke his ankle in December. He was released to compete again the week of regionals.

It was still bothering him but he did a great job at regionals and a great job at state,” coach Weeks said.

Cole Martin lost his first round match at 195 pounds. He lost in a decision to senior Bryce Folkerts of Glenpool.

In the consolation semi-finals, Cole Martin beat Jacob Hoffman of Weatherford 7-4. He took down senior Daniel Rowell from Cushing Saturday 9-6 in the consolation finals.

Brock Martin made the state tournament in his first year competing on the varsity squad. Coach Weeks sees a bright future for the freshman grappler.

He did a tremendous job and he’s a tremendous wrestler,” Weeks said. “He has great potential over the next three years to improve on his finish at state.”

Brock Martin won his first round match at 170 pounds Friday. He pinned sophomore Levi Grimes from Ada in 4:55.

Brock Martin lost his second match in the championship semi-finals. He went down 9-3 to senior Braden Stringer from Blanchard. Stringer went on to win the championship.

Brock Martin beat senior Malachi Wood of Stillwell 2-1 in a tight match, in the consolation semi-finals Saturday.  Martin lost the third place match 4-0 to senior Ben Sinor of Catoosa.

 

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