Pawhuska High School will be host site for an Oklahoma Class 3A District Duals wrestling event Thursday.
The District 3A-5 qualifier is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start Oren Terrill Field House.
District 5 includes varsity teams from PHS and five other ara high schools — Berryhill, Blackwell, Morrison, Newkirk and Pawnee.
Pawhuska will be going into the dual-format tournament off a championship performance in last weekend’s Carman Classic — the 20th-annual mat tourney that was also also at the high school fieldhouse. Huskies won five of the 14 high school weight classes and placed first in the event’s team competition.
One of the PHS champions — Dalton Lough — is not expected to compete for the Huskies on Thursday. In fact, Lough’s prep career at Pawhuska may have concluded with his 10-2 victory in the mat tourney’s 170-pound final.
“I’m supposed to be moving to Pennsylvania on Monday,” he said late Saturday.
The winning team from District 5 Duals event — as well as the seven other 3A districts — advances to the Dual Team State Wrestling Tournament, which is to be held Feb. 10-11 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee. Separate competitions are held in each of the state’s four (3A through 6A) school-size divisions.
While there seemed to be a slight chance Lough could stay here to compete in the District Duals, it appeared considerably less likely he would remain for Dual State, if the Huskies qualified. Lough has lost only two matches this season — and one of those was in triple overtime at the Kan-Okla Tournament in Caney, Kansas.
“He’s a great kid,” said retired PHS coach Martin Parks, who is still actively involved with the local mat program. “I’m about sick just thinking that we might be losing him.”
Pawhuska’s most recent Dual State qualification was in 2010. The Huskies won the championship a year after the Dual State program was initiated in Oklahoma. Two week after winning that title, the 1990 PHS squad — under head coach Richard DeMoss — also finished first in the 2A team competition at the 2A state tournament.