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Area notes: White makes Walters history

State championship wrestlers have graduated through Perry by the bunches. The 3A program with 41 traditional state titles is known for its dominance.

Walters sophomore Remington White wasn't intimidated by that.

White paved the way to become the Blue Devils' first individual state champion following a hard-fought 16-10 semifinals decision over top-ranked Perry's Alex Valenci. White then pinned Heritage Hall's Cruz Aguilar in Saturday's 106-pound championship match at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City to clinch the title.

White's title created a lot of buzz around town, considering Walters' wrestling program is still in its early stages.

"This is all a new venture. It's got everybody here pretty excited," Walters wrestling coach Faron Griffin said.

Gus Wrape also represented Walters on Saturday, beating Marlow's Devin Brisco 3-1 to place third.

Should Walters ever develop a consistent wrestling program, Wrape and White may very well be remembered as the two who helped kickstart it. They came to Griffin two years ago with interest in representing the school in competition. Both were avid youth wrestlers and had received private teaching from several people, including former MacArthur state champion Briar Adams.

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