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.
The Huskies wrestle at Carl Albert on Thursday before competing in the 67th Geary Tournament this weekend.
TUTTLE OFF TO FINE START
Despite graduating nine starters and only having one senior starter this year, things are looking good for Tuttle.
The two-time defending state champion is undefeated in duals this season and have fared well in tournaments, said coach Matt Surber.
The young wrestlers have been around a lot of success, and they're trying to make their own mark now.
One wrestler having a great season is Zachary Beard. At 14-1, he's been dominant at either 160 or 171. He has six pins, two technical falls and four major decisions.
Tuttle competes in the Geary Tournament this weekend.
DEL CITY MATURING
When it comes to Del City wrestling, it begins with Tray Dorrell. The two-time state finalist hasn't missed a beat and is embracing becoming a team leader.
But coach Ronnie James said he has been pleasantly surprised at how a couple of his younger wrestlers have fared.
Jamie Shawver and Josh McNaughton are each 10-1 entering this weekend. The Eagles are also another team headed to the prestigious Geary Tournament.