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February 14, 2014

Tuttle seeks fifth Dual State title

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TUTTLE —

"What I like is it was our last tournament of the regular season, so it shows that we're hitting on all strides and where we need to be," Surber said.

This is the result of a concentrated effort to start Tiger wrestlers off right from a very young age, Surber said.

"We've had a good group of kids wrestle when they were little, we've had kinds come out in seventh grade and put in the work," he said. "The Dual championships are more indicative of how strong you are as a team. The good kids, they're going to win their matches. It's more about those guys that aren't your studs. We've been fortunate to be able to bring along all of them."

Among that group that has come along, Head is this year's standout. Nationally ranked, he sees all the buzz around Tiger wrestling as confidence more than pressure ahead of Saturday, and that's something that comes with age.

"When you're younger, you're worried about everything," Head said. "When you're older, you lead everyone else, keep them secure."

That mix of young and old will be on display Saturday, with five Tuttle seniors, one junior and a host of sophomores and freshmen all working for points to help them advance. Mannford present the first challenge when Dual State begins at noon. The advancing team will face either Catoosa or Harrah, and then it's anyone between top East seed Vinita, Clinton, hosts Cushing or Sallisaw in the final at 6:30 p.m. 

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