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High school wrestling: Five wrestlers to watch at the state tournament


The state wrestling tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at State Fair Arena.

First-round matches begin at 11 a.m. Friday, and the semifinals are set for 7:45 p.m. The finals start at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Here are five local wrestlers to watch.

Cruz Aguilar, Edmond Memorial, 113 pounds, Sr.: Aguilar won the 106-pound state title last year. He will try to become the first Edmond Memorial wrestler since Johny Hendricks in 2002 to go undefeated and win a state championship.

Gabe Johnson, Choctaw, 152 pounds, Sr.: The UCO signee is coming off a victory in the Class 6A West Regional at Westmoore. He will attempt to win his second state title.

Cade Nicholas, Stillwater, 126 pounds, Jr.: Nicholas won the Class 6A East Regional at Broken Arrow and takes a 43-7 record into the state tournament.

Tate Picklo, Mustang, 182 pounds, Jr.: The OU commit went undefeated last year as he won the Class 6A state championship at 160 pounds. He has been equally impressive this season and boasts a 44-0 record.

Luke Surber, Tuttle, 182 pounds, Sr.: Surber missed most of the season with a broken hand but was dominant when he returned. The Oklahoma State signee helped Tuttle claim its 11th straight dual state title earlier this month.

Nick Sardis, Staff writer

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›