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High school wrestlers to watch for the 2012-2013 season

Tuttle's Zachary Beard and Southmoore's Nathan Marek are among the returning state champions.
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 5, 2012
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Zachary Beard, Tuttle, senior: A three-time state champion, Beard was 42-0 last season wrestling at 170 pounds.

Cole Pacheco, Deer Creek, junior: Pacheco won his first state championship last year, finishing the season with a 42-2 record wrestling at 145.

Gunner Laffoon, Tuttle, senior: Laffoon dominated in the state wrestling tournament last season, pinning all three of his opponents in less than four minutes to win the 120-pound title.

Nathan Marek, Southmoore, junior: Marek won the state championship last season, winning a 13-11 decision over Tulsa Union's Kyle Ash in the 160-pound title bout.

Joe Smith, Stillwater, sophomore: The son of Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith went unbeaten in his freshman season, winning his three state tournament contests at 113 by two major decisions and a fall.

Jacoby Brown, Chickasha, senior: Brown won a state championship last season at 220 pounds with a 3-0 victory over defending champ Landry Chappell of Guthrie in the title bout.

Davey Dolan, Berryhill, senior: A three-time state champion

Keilan Torres, Altus, junior: A two-time state champion

Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville, junior: A two-time state champion

Jon Townsend, Comanche, senior: A two-time state champion