VIAN â€” The 2012 portion of the Poteau High School wrestling season did not get started the way the Pirates had hoped as they lost a 60-15 dual decision to the Vian Wolverines Tuesday night.
Sequoyah-Tahlequah was to have made it a triangular but did not show up.
The Pirates (9-5 in duals this season) got three wins, two of which were by pins coming from Tyler Tustin (126 pounds) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight). Poteau's other win came on a decision by Chevy Galetka in his match at 170 pounds.
â€śI just don't think we competed very well,â€ť second-year Poteau Coach Chris Barbee said. â€śThey're really a tough opponent. They're ranked No. 3 in (Class) 3A for a reason. They're really tough, and needed to see some tough competition. We want to wrestle tough people to better ourselves, but when you do that we're going to take your lumps â€” and we did (Tuesday night).â€ť
It will be a busy weekend for the Pirates. They will wrestle at 7 p.m. tonight at Quinton, then go to the Cushing Tournament Friday and Saturday.
â€śThis is probably going to be the toughest tournament we're going to be in all year, even tougher than state,â€ť Barbee said about the two-day tournament in Cushing.