This wrestling season, as always, was a long and grueling one for any young athlete. It begins with practices in the September/October time-frame, continues with practices that get tougher and more intense and tournaments throughout November, December and January, and finishes with Regional and State Tournaments in February.
Two outstanding young wrestlers braved this intense storm and fought through the barrage of turmoil and excitement that stood in their way. They rose to the top of their age and weight divisions to place at the State Championship tournament.
Noah Cairns, who lives in Guthrie and attends Guthrie Public Schools, wrestled and placed at a tournament every weekend, November through February, finally finishing as the state champion at the YMCA State Tournament, and earning the award of third place in the OKWA State Tournament.
Jacob Apala, who lives in Guthrie and attends St. Mary’s Catholic School, wrestled throughout the season, placing at many tournaments, and completed the season finishing as the state champion at the YMCA State Tournament, and earning the award of sixth place in the OKWA State Tournament.