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CUSHING â€” Poteau Pirate wrestler Tyler Tustin placed third at 132 pounds at this past weekend's Cushing Tournament, in what second-year Poteau Coach Chris Barbee called â€śthe toughest tournament in the state.â€ť
â€śHere's how tough it was at this weight (132 pounds),â€ť Barbee said. â€śThere were three state champions, Tyler, one from Class 5A and one from Class 3A. There were nine state placers and four state qualifiers. He wrestled really well, but he had one bad match and lost in the semifinals to the kid from Comanche. As a whole, he wrestled pretty good.â€ť
As a team, the Pirates were 15th out of 30 teams in the tournament field.
Six other Pirates won at least one match, but did not place â€” Devin Anderson (113 pounds), Tanner Sanders (145), Khy Mote (160), Derek Francis (170), Luis Gonzales (220) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight).
â€śWe had some good wins in the toughest tournament in the state,â€ť Barbee said. â€śI thought we held our own, and we got some good experience that we hope will carry us into this week's duals.â€ť
The Pirates will have three duals this week. The first will be at 7 p.m. tonight at Stilwell, then a triangular at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside along with Union Christian Academy, Ark.