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Class 6A-5A state wrestling notebook: Killer B's for Yukon

The Killer B's are Yukon's four state tournament qualifiers — Boo Lewallen, Josh Bedell, Parker Bohannan and Jalen Medicinebear. Lewallen is in Saturday's championship finals at 120 pounds.
by Ed Godfrey Published: February 22, 2013
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photo - Norman North Hayden Hansen celebrates his win over Edmond North's Josh Breece in the 126-pound match  during the state wrestling tournament at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Norman North Hayden Hansen celebrates his win over Edmond North's Josh Breece in the 126-pound match during the state wrestling tournament at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Norman North qualified three wrestlers to the state tournament and all three reached the finals: Hansen, Blake Bassham at 145 pounds and Levi Berry at 160 pounds.

“They are wrestling lights out,” Norman North coach Greg Henning said.

The Timberwolves only have two state champions in their history.

HENNING BACK ON THE MAT

Henning, who started the wrestling dynasty at Tuttle, came out of retirement to take the Norman North job this season.

“I had been retired for six years,” said Henning, who coached at Tuttle for 21 years. “The opportunity came open and I jumped at it.

“I've been doing a lot of roofing and painting houses and the last two summers have been so hot I thought, well, there has got to better way to make a living. The Oklahoma teachers' retirement just wouldn't cut it.”

Henning has coached 43 state champions in his career at Tuttle, Stilwell and Sallisaw.

DUNCAN, EDMOND NORTH NAMED ACADEMIC CHAMPS

Duncan's wrestling team was the state academic champion in Class 5A with a grade-point average of 3.63.

The 6A title was won by Edmond North which had a team grade-point average of 3.5148.

COLLINSVILLE HAS COMMANDING LEAD

Collinsville, two-time defending state champ, has a huge lead in Class 5A going into Saturday's finals. The Cardinals have 148 points, while Lawton MacArthur has 81.5.

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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