High school wrestling: Putnam North has its best team in several years

After several .500-at-best seasons, the Panthers are making noise again on the wrestling scene.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 10, 2013
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“We haven't had seasoned wrestlers to fill a lot of holes in the past, not enough of them up and down the lineup” Brinlee said. “It's hard for any school, even the strong teams, to fill a lineup with 14 solid kids.”

Brinlee has coached Putnam North teams with better individuals, but he thinks this year's Panther squad is his best overall lineup from top to bottom. The group also is young, with only three seniors in the lineup.

“I was not expecting them to be this good,” he said. “It's fun to be in the room. They work hard.”

Putnam North is competing in a tournament at Carl Albert on Friday and Saturday.

“We are very eager to get back on the mat,” said Hall, who is 7-1 on the season with his only loss a forfeit in the championship of the Putnam City Invitational.

Hall, who wrestles at 170 pounds, had to forfeit the title bout after suffering a concussion in the semifinals. He was out for three weeks.

“There has been a lot of focus and concentration in the room this past week,” Hall said following the Panther's first loss of the season. “We don't like losing. We don't like that taste in our mouth.”

by Ed Godfrey
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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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