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Thu
18
Jan

Bison Wrestling Competes at Tuttle Tourney and District Duals

By Chad Waters

The Geary Bison wrestling team wrapped up a busy week with just two days between a tournament and District Duals on Tuesday, January 16, in Cordell.

Before Districts, the Bison headed to Tuttle for the 11th Greg Henning Invitational from Friday- Saturday, January 12-13. Eleven wrestlers boarded the bus from Geary to wrestle at this year’s tournament, with five of them placing in the top six.

 

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Thu
18
Jan

Blaine County Grapplers Host the Bob Fanning Memorial Tournament

The Blaine County Grapplers hosted the 5th-annual Bob Fanning Memorial Tournament, which is a tribute to the late Bob Fanning who instilled a great love of wrestling into these young boys and girls. He was the pee-wee coach in Watonga during the late 80s and 90s, impacting the lives of young wrestlers with his knowledge and love of the sport. This tournament is one of the few tournaments that rewards placers with trophies. The Blaine County Grapplers had 42 of their own club wrestle with several of them earning trophies. There were just under 200 participants from several different clubs from across Oklahoma participating in the tournament.

 

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Thu
18
Jan

Geary Sees Sales Tax Drop for Month of January

By Chad Waters

The City of Geary (Blaine and Canadian Counties combined) saw around an $1,292.45 decrease in sales tax revenue and net taxable sales for the month of January, according to an Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) report released this past week.

The January distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from November business. Companies that remit more than $2,500 monthly in sales tax receipts are required to file and pay electronically.

 

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Thu
11
Jan

Four Individuals Inducted Into Geary Invitational Hall of Fame

By Chad Waters

For the second-straight year, the Geary Invitational inducted several individuals into the Hall of Fame as they incorporate former wrestlers, referees, hospitality and table workers, etc. whose dedication made a lasting impact on the tournament.

Last year’s inductees were a part of the inaugural Hall of Fame with six individuals making it in (Danny Hodge, Bob Stegall, J.H. “Corky” Buser, Marilyn Owings, and Richard and Linda Swaggart.)

 

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Thu
11
Jan

Blair Academy Claims Fourth- Straight Geary Invitational Title

By Chad Waters

The nation’s longest-running wrestling tournament celebrated its 74th-straight year from Friday-Saturday, January 5-6, as 23 teams brought in 16 nationally ranked high school wrestlers to the town of Geary.

The No. 1 ranked wrestling team in the nation, Blair Academy (N.J.), won its fourth-straight Geary Invitational in dominant fashion as the Buccaneers saw more than half (nine) of their wrestler’s finish in 1st place overall.

 

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Thu
04
Jan

Scholarships Made Available for Calumet and Geary Students

By Chad Waters Editor

Thanks to a generous donation from a Geary man and his family, a Calumet Chieftain senior student will have majority, if not all, of their college tuition paid off. One deserving Calumet student will be chosen to receive the Herman “Dee” Jameson Scholarship, which will be upward of $20,000 throughout the student’s college career. Dee, who passed away in June of 2016, set up a trust fund with his final wish being “to help local kids”. Something Jameson was known for throughout his life.

“He enjoyed helping people,” said Afton Jameson, one of Jameson’s granddaughters. “He’d do things anonymously, such as, four years ago a few kids couldn’t afford band instruments, so he went and bought instruments for them.” Although Dee didn’t attend college, joining the army straight after high school, he valued education most of all. And he wanted this scholarship to go toward the average student who wants to further his or her education.

 

Thu
04
Jan

Blair Academy Goes for Fourth- Straight Geary Invitational Title

By Chad Waters Editor

Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 5th, some of the nation’s best wrestling schools from across the country will compete in the town of Geary for the 74th-straight Geary Invitational.

This year’s two-day tournament will be host to 23 teams who prove to be the best in their respective state, varying from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Jersey.

 

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Thu
28
Dec

Cecil Harrall Named New Geary Police Chief

By Chad Waters Editor

Geary Police Officer Cecil Harrall was selected as the town’s next police chief on Thursday, December 21. Harrall is currently a patrol officer and K-9 officer for the Geary Police Department and has served as an officer in the department for seven years.

Originally from Weatherford, Harrall moved to Geary with his wife, Tatum, in 2009 after the Hinton prison had shut down, where the two originally met. After the council conducted four interviews from the four applicants and elected Harrell, current Police Chief Waylan Upchego will serve his last day on January 1, 2018. Upchego worked for the Geary Police Department for 12 years, seven of which serving as the towns Police Chief.

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Thu
28
Dec

Geary Wrestling Traditions: The Hospitality Room

By Chad Waters Editor

There are many traditions that have remained constant with the Geary Invitational, making it that much more distinct. There’s a reason the oldest wrestling tournament in the nation is celebrating its 74th-straight year from January 5-6, with some of the nations best teams and wrestlers coming to the Town of Geary. With old-school traditions of being a true invitational, in that, teams are invited or put on a waiting list. A wish list that may never come true for some teams, who might not make the cut or get knocked down by another team.

 

Other traditions such as having no advancement points or seeding, as every Thursday night on the day before the tournament, a blind draw is held, which potentially leads to the two best wrestlers at each weight class going head-to-head in the first round. However, if any wrestler falls in the first match, they still have an opportunity to wrestle their way back up in a challenge match for second place.

Fri
22
Dec

Six Wrestlers Place at Weatherford Tourney

By Chad Waters

With its last chance to compete before Christmas Break, the Geary wrestling team traveled to Weatherford for the Max Dippel Memorial Tournament, where the Bison placed 5th with a team score of 125 points.

Six Geary wrestlers placed at this year’s tournament: Junior Marco Buchanan (120 lbs.) placed 4th, sophomore Landon Holt (138 lbs.) placed 2nd, sophomore Max Glasgow (152 lbs.) placed 6th, senior Kendell Johnson (170 lbs.) placed 1st, senior Jose Perez (220 lbs.) placed 5th, and junior Chase Merkey (heavyweight) placed 2nd.

 

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