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Juanes qualfies for wrestling state
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
2/22/2017 1:29:43 PM

by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

Jeffri Juanes will be the lone representative for the Newkirk Tigers at the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships that begin Friday in Oklahoma City.

Juanes qualified at 106 pounds after placing 3rd at the Class 3A Regional at Inola on Saturday. 

Juanes (16-12) wrestled at 113 most of the year.

Juanes lost in the semi-final to Perry’s Alex Valencia but rebounded with a 3-2 win over Ryan Parks of Pawhuska.  He will wrestle Cruz Aguilar of Heritage Hall, the top seed from the East Regional.

Juanes qualified for his second straight state championship, he lost both state tournament matches as a sophomore in 2016.

“I’ll be better prepared than I was last year,” Juanes said Monday.  “Last year, I wasn’t afraid of any of the wrestlers,  but I was a little overwhelmed by the experience.  This year, I am a lot more comfortable.”

Juanes lost to Aguilar at the Chickasha Tournament earlier this year but now has a better idea how to wrestle the Heritage Hall freshman.

“He’s a good wrestler,” Juanes said.  “He made some moves that caught me but this time I’ll be better prepared.”

The state championships begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude Saturday at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City.




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