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Prep wrestling: Harrah experienced in upper weights

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: January 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm •  Published: January 5, 2011
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Once the Harrah wrestling team reaches the 135-pound bout, coach Bryan Miller can relax.

Miller said from 135 pounds and up, the Panthers have a lot of experience and a lot of returning starters.

Before 135 pounds, Miller said, he has a lot of young guys. But the effort has not been a problem.

Team captain Austin Goyette (135), a three-time state qualifier, has had a solid start to his year as has co-captain Brandon Weeks. The 152-pounder is 11-1 through the first part of the season.

The Panthers compete in the Cushing Tournament this week.

SCHAFER KEEPS GROWING

Edmond North coach Andy Schneider has never been able to lock in Austin Schafer at a particular weight going into a season.

Not with the way Schafer keeps putting on the pounds. Schafer started his freshman year at 112 pounds. He wrestled at 140 as a sophomore and qualified for state at 160 last year. Now a senior, Schafer is at 189 and is ranked No. 1 in his weight class.

Schafer is undefeated against in-state competition as his only losses are to Ophir Bernstein, a No. 1-ranked wrestler out of Allen, Texas.

Schafer has had a big opening part of the season, including wins against Sapulpa's Caleb Cotter, Ponca City's Shelby Krout and a victory against Nolan Boyd of Deer Creek, last year's champion in 5A.

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