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December 12, 2013

Buffs’ Cannon ‘lives for battle’



Since the team started competing for the 1914-15 school year, the Cowboys have won 34 team and 134 individual national championships.

Wherever he winds up, Cannon said he plans to major in business or engineering. He said he’s currently taking four college-level classes at Eastern Oklahoma State College, and he’ll take four more next semester.

“Calculus, physics; I like that stuff,” Cannon said.

“Anyone can go into business, really.”

Cannon sometimes plays drums during services at Life Church and works for Independent Machine in McAlester. But he still devotes most of his free time to improving his wrestling, either by watching live or online matches or through private lessons.

“He lights up when he goes into battle,” Don Cannon said. “That’s it. I mean the kid lives for battle.”

Donald Cannon has had to battle several forms of adversity throughout his high school wrestling career. He’s suffered multiple injuries, gone through three head coaches in four years and played for squads whose low numbers inevitably led to forfeited matches and lost dual-meets.

But through all those challenges, Cannon remains a champion.

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