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Class 6A state wrestling: Cousins Kyle Garcia, Eric Waggoner take home titles

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: February 26, 2011

/articleid/3544380/1/pictures/1376056">Photo - Carl Albert's Eric Waggoner celebrates after winning the Class 5A 135-pound match in the state wrestling tournament at State Fair Arena, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Carl Albert's Eric Waggoner celebrates after winning the Class 5A 135-pound match in the state wrestling tournament at State Fair Arena, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

For Garcia (33-2), it was his third title at a third different weight class. Garcia earned two takedowns in the first period, holding off Tulsa Union's Brian Crutchmer in a 4-3 victory at 125.

Waggoner (37-6) said Garcia was crucial in Waggoner's recovery last year. It was Garcia who would work out with Waggoner and help him get back in shape.

"I wanted him to join me at the top of the podium one day," Garcia said. "We were going to do whatever was necessary to get there."

You can see the similarities in the styles. Both take a measured approach, placing one foot on the mat and one knee on the mat.

Then they strike.

"People always think I'm in an uncomfortable position when I'm like that but that's just how I am," said Garcia, who was named the Class 6A Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament. "I'm always confident with where I'm at.

"I don't want to say one championship is better than the other. There's a lot of hard work in each of them. This was definitely a big challenge."


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