The Guthrie High School and junior high wrestling teams opened the home part of their 2018-19 schedule with an intra-squad match on Thursday night. The matches were held due to a limited home schedule this season. It gave all the kids a chance to wrestle at home for their parents and friends to see. There was 26 high school and junior high matches in the two-hour match.
There are currently 48 kids participating between the two teams for the season. The BlueJays are short-handed right now on experience as Parker Raney and Seth Siragusa are still with the football team.
The Bluejays also lost state qualifier Brendon Hernedeen to Edmond North and state qualifier Mike Miller who is not wrestling this season.
The Bluejays will rely on Jonas Friese, Cayden Nelson, Caleb Nelson, Dean Madison, Raney and Siragusa to lead the team this year, as they have the most experience of the returning wrestlers.
“We need to stay clear of injuries and with the experience we have back we can qualify several for the state tournament once again this year,” said Head Coach Justin Stevens.
The Bluejays are in a district with Piedmont, Del City and Santa Fe South. The district meet will be held on January 17 in Del City.
“Del City and Piedmont will both be tough,” Stevens said. “Del City returns a lot of experience and Piedmont is always tough.”
The Bluejays have home matches with Kingfisher (Dec.13); El Reno (Jan. 8) for Homecoming and Senior Night will be Jan. 31. The Senior Night opponent was originally scheduled to be Newkirk but the Tigers had to cancel because of too many matches on the schedule.
The Bluejays will again be traveling to the Blanchard and Kingfisher round robin tournaments this season. The advantage to the teams is that the wrestlers will all get 8-10 matches in over the course of two days. The ‘Jays also travel to Chickasha and Yukon for their other tournaments.