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Oxford, King rule county

Senior wins his third straight most valuable wrestler award, leading Yellow Jackets to fourth straight team title

Oxford's Matt King toys with Wellborn's Matthew Lindsey in the 162-pound final on his way to a fifth straight Calhoun County title and third straight tournament most valuable wrestler award. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD – Most kids are discouraged at a young age from playing with their food. Matt King learned that, too, but over the last couple weeks on the wrestling mat at least he’s been encouraged to disregard that.

The Oxford senior could have quickly disposed of all three of his opponents Tuesday in winning a third straight most valuable wrestler award and helping his team win its fourth straight Calhoun County Tournament title, but he spent extra time working on moves before vanquishing them all with a pin.

Oxford coach Matt Hicks says King working his opponents this year is “by design” as the Yellow Jackets want their star 162-pounder to be prepared to go the distance late in the season when more competitive matches tend to go longer.

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