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February 27, 2014

Four Buffs wrestlers make State

McALESTER — Dalton Rippy, Riley Smith, Donald Cannon and Hunter Smith all placed high enough at Saturday’s regional tournament to qualify for the Class 5A state tournament which starts Friday at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

The first round of competition starts at 8:30 a.m., then continues through to the finals Saturday, starting at 5:45 p.m.

Competing in the 126-pound weight class, Cannon heads to State on a month’s worth of momentum. He won both the Bishop Kelley Invitational the weekend of Jan. 31 and the Maverick Conference Tournament a week later before winning Regionals on Saturday.

Going 34-1 this season, Cannon, a senior, enters State as the defending state champion at 120 pounds and the top seed from the East. He’ll face Michael Lopez, a junior from Piedmont who went 22-7 this season, in the first round.

“I’ve really just pushed for points and tried to get matches over with,” Cannon said. “Get big scores, help the team out.”

Like Cannon, junior Riley Smith will compete at State for the third time. A year after finishing third at State in 195 pounds, Riley went 16-4 at 220 pounds this season and finished third at Regionals.

Riley Smith will face Garrett Shaw, a junior from MacArthur who went 41-3 this season, in the first round.

“You have to be a smarter wrestler when you get to State,” Riley said. “It’s not like a usual tournament, where if you get caught, it’s fine, you have the next match to prove yourself. At State, if you lose, you’re going to have to deal with it for the rest of the tournament.”

Rippy made State at 106 pounds last season and did so again this season. Rippy went 12-4 this season and finished fourth at Regionals.

Rippy faced Briar Adams in the first round of the 2013 state tournament, and Rippy will face him again on Friday. Adams, a senior from MacArthur, went 33-8 during the regular season.

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