Wrestling for a state championship is the easy part. Sulphur’s Logan Grinstead has to beat strep throat first.


Wrestling for a state championship is the easy part. Sulphur’s Logan Grinstead has to beat strep throat first.

The Bulldog heavyweight came down with the bug on Sunday night, and has been grappling with illness instead of his fellow wrestlers for the past four days.

But nothing is going to stop Grinstead from his title tussles this weekend in Oklahoma City.

“He hasn’t done mat work for the past few days,” Sulphur coach Zach Cartmell said Tuesday.

“But he’ll turn it on when it’s time.”

Grinstead went to the doctor on Monday in Ardmore and missed school on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, the junior was unsure as to whether or not he’d be at school today, but time is ticking.

Time is also running out for anyone in Grinstead’s way of a state championship at 285 pounds. Grinstead is 30-2 for the season, with his only losses coming to Class 5A state contender Michael Reed of Ardmore. Grinstead wrestled Reed to a 3-2 overtime loss in finals of the Mid-Western Conference Tournament on Jan 24. Since that match, Grinstead says his wrestling has improved significantly.

“I’ve opened up more,” Grinstead said of his improvement since the Mid-Western Tournament.

“I’m taking more shots, doing more moves. I’m doing what I know I can do instead of just stalling.”

As a sophomore in 2008, Grinstead was 26-5 and a state runner-up to Jakob Gaither of Kingfisher. Now that Gaither has graduated, the title is Grinstead’s for the taking.

“I think Logan is the frontrunner,” Cartmell said. “He’s gotten better on his takedowns all season and he’s the best right now.”

“Wrestling is an unpredictable sport,” Grinstead said. “But after being state runner-up, I’ve had a whole lot more confidence.

“It’s just my luck that going into state something’s been going around. I try not to think about being sick at state.”

And if he’s not 100 percent?

“I’ll probably just cough on him (opponent), and see if I can give it to him by the third period.”

Erik K. Horne,
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erik.horne@ardmoreite.com