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Brad Dick is more excited about this team than any other team that he has coached before. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
 
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

Mustang’s new assistant wrestling coach brings in a new level of excitement to the wrestling room.

Brad Dick wrestled at Westmoore all throughout high school and wrestled since the seventh grade. Dick went to UCO to get his teaching degree. 

Dick began his coaching career at Westmoore as a lay coach for a handful of years. Dick then moved to Noble and was an interim head coach. Dick then moved on to Harrah and then to Western Heights. 

Dick coached junior high wrestling at Western Heights and won two junior high championships and was named Coach of the Year in the 2011-2012 season. He also joined the National Team to coach for the State of Oklahoma.

Dick made the move from Western Heights to Mustang to get back to coaching at the high school level.
The new assistant coach is not afraid to get on the mat and show the wrestlers techniques first hand. He brings a lot of intensity to the practices and to the tournaments.

“It’s going really well. Our kids are excited. I’m really excited,” Dick said.

This will be Dick’s 12th year coaching wrestling and feels that this Mustang team has the capabilities of doing special things.

“I’ve never been more excited in my 12 years and I’ve coached some really good teams,” Dick said. “I come from some pretty decent teams and I’m more excited about this group than all of them. Their work ethic, their attitude and this year I think we have the potential to go deep.”

Mustang went from a 2-10 season two years ago to a 10-2 season last year. 

“That jump was because of coach (Dave) Rankin and coach (Will) Allen,” Dick said. “They’ve done everything up to this point. I’m just hoping to chip in and help.”

With the diverse styles of wrestlers that Rankin, Allen and Dick were it helps the wrestlers learn different ways of doing things. Whereas some wrestlers might be more comfortable holding a wrist instead of an ankle, the coach’s different styles help to teach that.

“We all collaborate together for the betterment of the kids,” Dick said. “It really helps the kids.”

Mustang will go their last open tournament in Anadarko on Saturday, Nov. 23 before the season opens with a dual at Edmond North on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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