“Cody’s doing well as a freshman, too,” Scott said.
“You need somebody behind you, pushing you. My dad ... he’s always just making me be better.”
While Scott said he maintained his weight his freshman year and competed at 112 pounds, he struggled to do so the following season. He said started the season at 140 pounds, successfully dropped to 113, but then got sick around Christmas and had to stop competing with the Buffs.
Scott said he still practiced with McAlester, but to stay in competitive form that year he went to tournaments run by the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association, an independent youth league. He wrestled in the 126-pound class in OKWA.
“That’s what I grew up wrestling,” Scott said of OKWA. “I ended up winning it at the end of the year.”
The year away from high school wrestling may have been good for Scott, as he dominated the 126-pound weight class his junior year. He went 22-10, placed fourth at Regionals and made State for the first time.
State that year didn’t go as planned, with Scott exiting after back-to-back losses. Scott said he wasn’t as mentally prepared as he should’ve been, but that lesson will help him this postseason, which starts Friday at Regionals at Tahlequah.
“I’m trying to win it this year,” Scott said. “I’ve won a lot this year. I’ve only lost like five matches out of 35.”
If Scott can get to State, he’ll have done so in two different classes. He wrestled at 132 pounds this season, taking a more defensive approach to his matches.
“I’m more defensive on my feet, but I can be offensive when I need to be,” Scott said. “Just observing them and feeling them out.”
However the postseason goes, Scott’s high school wrestling career will end within the next two weeks. He said he’d like to go college next year, his top choice being Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, and study sports medicine.