“Everyone wrote us off for dead,” Blackwell coach E.J. Edgar said. “When you graduate nine guys, you're supposed to take a step back. I think this is a sign of the overall health of our program.”
Blackwell finished the dual season 14-5.
“I'm as proud of this bunch as I am of any other team I've ever had,” Edgar said.
TUTTLE'S BEARD STAYS UNDEFEATED
Tuttle's Zachary Beard picked up three wins on Saturday at 170 pounds, bringing his record to 34-0 on the season. Beard won by pin against Bristow and Blackwell, and received a forfeit in the finals against Vinita.
Beard is a 3-time individual state champion. He will have a chance to defend his individual championship starting next weekend at the regional tournament, with the state tournament the following week at State Fair Arena.