The Moore American


February 20, 2013

Area grapplers aim for state title

MOORE — Before Saturday, Moore’s Derek Silvertsen hadn’t tasted defeat all year. He rode into the 182-pound regional championship match on a 34-0 record and was on pace to keep intact his goals of going undefeated and winning a state championship.

However, when the match came to an end, Silvertsen had suffered his first blemish on his record when he fell to Edmond North’s Lance Dixon 8-3.

“I definitely need to try and forget about it and put it in the past,” Silvertsen said. “But it will definitely give me a drive to work harder this week. Give me an extra push to go into state.”

Silvertsen is one of four Lions who have advanced to the state tournament Friday and Saturday at the Fair Grounds in Oklahoma City. They include Josh Lindsey (132 pounds), Colby Moates (138) and McKale Washington (152).

MHS Coach Robert Washington had hoped he would get a few more kids to qualify for state and possibly compete for a team title. But some of his Lions came up short.

“I thought we would be in the middle of four to five to six,” Robert Washington said. “We had some kids that got to the semifinals that we wanted to get through that just didn’t have enough oomph. I’ve been here before where we didn’t get to go at all. It’s kind of a two-way sword. I’m happy that we’re going. But I would like to take more kids because I think our program is getting to the point now where we are excelling a little bit more than normal. You always want more.”

Lindsey, Washington and Silvertsen each lost in the regional final and go into state as the West No. 2 seed. Moats is a No. 4 seed after falling in the regional consolation finals.

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