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The Poteau Pirates wrestling team will begin its 2012-13 season this weekend, participating in the two-day Jay Duals Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The Pirates will have a new coach, but not really that much of a new coach. Jack Hornbuckle, who has been helping with the program, is the new coach, replacing Chris Barbee â€” who resigned after the school year ended the past spring.
â€śThey're more than ready,â€ť Hornbuckle said about getting the season ready. â€śThey're getting tired just working out every day.â€ť
He said the transition has not been a hard one, since he's very familiar with the current Pirate matmen.
â€śThere wasn't as much transitioning as one might expect with a coaching change,â€ť Hornbuckle said. â€śEverybody does things different, but I know everybody and they know me.
The Pirates were 15-7 in duals last season, and return 10 wrestlers from a season ago.
Date Opponent Site Time
Nov. 30 Jay Duals Tournament There All day
Dec. 1 Jay Duals Tournament There All day
Dec. 6 Van Buren, Ark. There 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 Fort Gibson There 7 p.m.
Dec. 14-15 Miami Tournament There All day
Dec. 20 Quinton Here 7 p.m.
Jan. 3-4 Cushing Tournament There All day
Jan. 8 Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside Here 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 Sallisaw and Wagoner Here 5 p.m.
Jan. 18-19 Sallisaw Tournament There All day
Jan. 22 Keys (Park Hill) Here 7 p.m.
Jan. 25-26 Maverick Conference Tour. Stilwell All day
Feb. 5 Stilwell Here 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Checotah There 7 p.m.
Feb. 8-9 Class 4A Dual State Tournament TBA All day
Feb. 15-16 Class 4A Regional Tournament TBA All day
Feb. 22-23 Class 4A State Tournament OKC All day