Plainview’s wrestlers take comfort knowing the path to achieve a fourth consecutive berth in the Class 3A dual state tournament runs through its home gymnasium.
And for the first time, Plainview will today serve as host of a district dual tournament.
Madill, Sulphur, Holdenville, Quinton, Talihina and Wilburton are also listed as participants in the District 3A-8 Tournament.
The winning team qualifies for the Feb. 10-11 state tournament at Firelake Arena in Shawnee.
Plainview fans will get accustomed to having postseason tournaments held in its home gym.
The Oklahoma Secondary Activities Association on Wednesday announced that Plainview and Inola will serve as the host schools for the Feb. 17-18 Class 3A regional tournament.
“It’s an advantage,” Plainview coach Rocky Atencio said. “If we’ll take advantage of our crowd and try to get our crowd into it early and try to capitalize on some things, it’ll be a big deal.
“We’ve just got to come ready to wrestle. We wrestled two really, really good teams (No. 17 nationally-ranked Allen, Texas, and No. 20 Choctaw) and haven’t performed at the level that we need to.”
Matches today start at 2 p.m.
Plainview is the two-time defending dual state runner-up in Class 3A.
Madill and Sulphur have just as formidable lineups.
“Madill, top to bottom, is a good team,” Atencio said. “Sulphur has five to seven really good kids.”
Madill seeks it first berth in the dual state tournament since 2005.
“District duals are always an exciting event that we look forward to,” Wildcats coach Jim Love said. “We’d like to be a little healthier than we are, but we intend to leave it all out on mat and see what happens. The Wildcats are beat up and young, but they’re willing to give it their all.”
Love foresees 106 pounds, 126, 132 and 220 being the toughest weight divisions.
Sulphur last qualified for dual state in 2006.
Bulldogs coach Drew Swartz says Plainview is the team “to beat” and Madill is “tough year in and year out.”
“It seems everyone is in the same boat of just now getting matches and results have not been coming in, so we will see,” he said. “Every match is going to be a big match for us, because we need to have some upsets to advance out of the district.”
Of course, Swartz likes the chances of Bulldogs to perform well on the mat.
“We are trying to get in a groove and get rolling and continue to get better,” he said. “I think we’ve done that so far, but our last match was a week ago. So, with that kind of break, you never know what you are going to get.”