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Huskie mat quartet bound for state meet

Four wrestlers for the Pawhuska Huskies will competing Friday and Saturdayy at the 93rd Oklahoma High School Wrestling championships in Oklahoma City.

The qualifying quartet for Coach Wade Rogers’ Huskie squad includes freshman Levi Youngwolfe and the senior trio of Zalin Edwards, Grant Moore and Taylor Priest.

Youngwolfe, a 113-pound Pawhuska freshman, nearly snatched a championship at last weekend’s Class 3A East Regional tournament held at PHS’s Oren Terrill Field House. First-round opponent for Youngwolfe (whose record is 25-7) will be Zach Atencio, a sophomore from Plainview who took third at the West Regional and has a 38-6 mark.

Pawhuska 170-pound dynamo Zalin Edwards (25-8) is headed to state for the second straight year after placing third in last week’s event. The initial opponent for Edwards will be Perry junior Riley Betchan (28-15). Priest will take part in his third state tourney as the 126-pound entry for the Huskies. He is to take on West runnerup Jake Braswell, a Chandler sophomore, in his opening match.

Grant Moore, the PHS entry at 285 pounds, is a Woodland High School student who competes for the Huskies because Woodland dropped its mat program. Moore (14-6) will face Plainview sophomore Dorain Fagan (28-7), the West runnerup, for his first match.

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