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Class 5A state wrestling: Altus' Keilan Torres has dominated since loss as freshman

Altus senior Keilan Torres won his third state wrestling championship Saturday night at State Fair Arena, but he still thinks about the one that got away.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 23, 2013
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/articleid/3758627/1/pictures/1962151">Photo - Keilan Torres of Altus wrestles Chad Draper of Deer Creek, behind, during the Class 5A 160-pound championship match during the state wrestling championships at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Keilan Torres of Altus wrestles Chad Draper of Deer Creek, behind, during the Class 5A 160-pound championship match during the state wrestling championships at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Torres said he didn't feel completely healthy until the middle of January.

“I was a little scared to do some things at first,” Torres said. “The Geary Tournament was tough. I thought I would be in better shape. I started exercising and running conditioning a lot more.”

Now, he will take his talents to the tradition-rich OSU wrestling program.

“I am very excited about going to OSU,” Torres said. “That's a big accomplishment for me.”

Williams called Torres one of the best wrestlers to ever come out of Altus, comparing him to Johnny Powell, a three-time state champ in the 1970s from Altus who wrestled for Nebraska in college.

“He's got that inner stuff,” Williams said of Torres. “Even when the odds are against him, he is going to show them. They (OSU) is getting a good one.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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