High school notebook: Chandler wins District 3A-5, qualifies for Dual State wrestling

Chandler won District 3A-5 with wins over Bethel, Berryhill, and Okmulgee on Tuesday to qualify for the Dual State Tournament.
by Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: January 15, 2014

Chandler won District 3A-5 with wins over Bethel, Berryhill, and Okmulgee on Tuesday to qualify for the Dual State Tournament.

The Lions cruised past Bethel and Okmulgee, winning both duals 69-6, and pulled out a 31-30 win over Berryhill to claim their first district title since 1999.

“I'm so proud of the boys, and they were very excited as they should be,” said coach Mike Ryan, who is in his second season at Chandler. “These kids I have right now have worked so hard since I've been here. Not just during the season, but training over the summer also. It's good they experienced a feeling of success like that.”

Dual State for Classes 3A and 4A will be held at Cushing on Saturday, Feb. 15.


Owasso baseball coach Larry Turner and Ada boys tennis coach Skip Griese were chosen as National Coach of the Year in their respective sports Tuesday by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Also, longtime announcer Don Blasingame was recognized with the State Award for Outstanding Service in the sport of wrestling.

The criteria used in selecting the coaches include career coaching records, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in their respective profession at local, state and national levels, and the coaches basic philosophy of athletics.

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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