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New season, new coach for Poteau wrestlers; Pirate senior seeks to become three-time state champion

November 30, 2012

SEEKING THREE-PEAT — Poteau senior wrestler Tyler Tustin, right, shown here wrestling during last season's homecoming dual against Fort Gibson at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, will try to become a three-time state champion this season. PDN photo by David Seeley

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 — who resigned after the school year ended the past spring.
“They're more than ready,” Hornbuckle said about getting the season ready. “They're getting tired just working out every day.”
He said the transition has not been a hard one, since he's very familiar with the current Pirate matmen.
“There wasn't as much transitioning as one might expect with a coaching change,” Hornbuckle said. “Everybody 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

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