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UPDATE -- Bleau Stopp finishes as state runner-up

Bleau Stopp will wrestle in Oklahoma City in the Class 3A State Championships this weekend. Stopp is shown in earlier action against Tonkawa.

by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

 UPDATE --  Bleau Stopp lost in the Class 3A finals at 170 pounds Saturday night, dropping a 7-2 decision to Brad Bell from Okmulgee in the finals.  Stopp finished the season at 38-3.

 Original -- The Tigers are sending one wrestler to the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships starting Friday in Oklahoma City.

 Senior Bleau Stopp was the lone Tiger qualifier, winning the Class 3A East Regional at 170 pounds with a 3-2 triple overtime win over Brad Bell of Okmulgee.

 Stopp, the third seed at regional, enters the state meet at 36-2.  He will wrestle freshman Dailen Presgrove (26-11) of Commanche in the first round, a wrestler he defeated at the Tuttle Tournament.

 “It’s a tough weight,” Stopp said Monday of the 170 pound division.  “There are quite a few returning state placers in the weight class, but every kid that gets there deserves it so you have to wrestle well every match, you can’t take any one for granted.”

 The Tiger senior qualified at 145 pounds last year, reaching the semi-finals before placing 6th.

 Brian Brown placed 6th at 126 pounds for the Tigers.  He reached the semi-finals before losing to the regional champion Owen Simpson of Tonkawa.  He then lost to a Perry wrestler in consolations before dropping a 3-0 decision to a Heritage Hall wrestler in the 5th place match. He finished the year at 24-12.

 “There were eight kids at 126 pounds that were good enough to qualify,” Knight said. “It was one of the toughest weights.”

 All other Tiger wrestlers were eliminated on Friday.

 “It was a tough regional,” Knight said.  “There were a number of weights where kids good enough to go to state didn’t make it.”

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