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Oklahoma state champion coach Surber to become principal

One of the top high school wrestling coaches in Oklahoma is about to take the helm as principal at his school.

Matt Surber
Matt Surber, head wrestling coach at Tuttle High School, has been named principal at the school just outside Oklahoma City.

In the words of The Oklahoman -- the daily newspaper of Oklahoma City -- in its news story on Thursday, "Surber took over the wrestling program in 2006, and the Tigers dominated their competition during his tenure."

With Surber at the helm, Tuttle claimed its 12th consecutive state tournament title this year, setting a record. The Class 4A Tigers concluded the 2019-20 season with a record nine wrestlers who won individual state championship titles, and recorded the most team points (247) in state tournament history. If that weren't enough, Tuttle also won its 11th straight dual state title.

If the name Surber sounds familiar -- and you're not from Oklahoma -- you may already recognize the last name as belong to Luke Surber, son of the Tuttle High mat coach, who, as one of the nation's top stars, won the 2020 Class 4A title at 182 pounds. Luke will be wrestling for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Matt Surber said his decision to quit coaching was difficult, but he is proud of the impact he had on the wrestling program.

"We've had kids go to a lot of places," he said. "I'm most proud of that. The opportunity that wrestling has provided our kids to further their education and, of course, all of the relationships and influences I've had over the years."

Surber's appointment must be approved by the school board prior to July 1.

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