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

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.ScheduleDate Opponent Site TimeNov. 30 Jay Duals Tournament There All dayDec. 1 Jay Duals Tournament There All dayDec. 6 Van Buren, Ark. There 7 p.m.Dec. 11 Fort Gibson There 7 p.m.Dec. 14-15 Miami Tournament There All dayDec. 20 Quinton Here 7 p.m.Jan. 3-4 Cushing Tournament There All dayJan. 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 dayJan. 22 Keys (Park Hill) Here 7 p.m.Jan. 25-26 Maverick Conference Tour. Stilwell All dayFeb. 5 Stilwell Here 7 p.m.Feb. 7 Checotah There 7 p.m.Feb. 8-9 Class 4A Dual State Tournament TBA All dayFeb. 15-16 Class 4A Regional Tournament TBA All dayFeb. 22-23 Class 4A State Tournament OKC All day