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Plainview wrestling makes history, heads to Dual State

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ARDMORE, OK -- It's been a good ride this season for the Plainview Indian wrestling team. All their hard work and dedication year round is starting to pay off as they've landed a trip to the Oklahoma Dual State Tournament.

Only eight teams in each classification qualify for the event.

Considering this program less than ten years ago had only three high school wrestlers, they've come a long way.

The team has swelled in size over the past couple of years and that has a lot to do with their success.

Just this season the team has gotten to travel to New Mexico, Wisconsin and Texas to compete with some of the best teams in the nation, which they believe has them battle tested for Saturday's State Tournament.

Head coach Rocky Atencio says they're the first team from southern Oklahoma to make it this far in the past two or three decades. And the more success they achieve, the more popularity the sport will get.

The team can hardly contain it's excitement.

"It's awesome. It's an awesome feeling. It's more of a team experience than an individual," said senior wrestler Issac Barnes.

"I told somebody the other day, I said our first dual meet we wrestled Durant and Little Ax and we won like 57-17 and 59-16, the next day we had nine junior high kids want to come out for the sport. So that's what it's going to do. If we go out there and we win, it's going to get a lot of people excited about our sport," Atencio said.

Three wins Saturday will win them a state championship. They'll start against Vian at noon. If they win they'll take on 43-time state champion Perry at 2 p.m. A win there would get them in the 6:30 p.m. championship match.

The dual meet will take place at Cushing High School.