MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 9, 2014

MHS heads to classroom after dual with Stillwater

By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor

— Muskogee’s final regular-season dual Saturday was reduced to learning experiences.

The 60-12 verdict at Ron Milam Gymnasium against No. 1 Stillwater left little else but that with a week left before dual state.

“They’re very good, ranked No. 1 in the state and ranked nationally (as high as No. 11 by InterMat Wrestling) too but I don’t think we’re 50 or 48 points away from them,” Muskogee coach John Petty said of the 17-0 Pioneers. “We should have been stopped some points there, got some here and frankly I’m a little disappointed we had some kids who didn’t make weight today. We’ll make adjustments we need to make and learn from it.”

Wins by Dawaylon Barnes and Jacobe Smith came as expected and the No. 7 Roughers (6-3) finished with a 6-4 victory by Adonis Cole against Stillwater’s James Brower in the heavyweight bout. Cole got a takedown with 2.2 seconds to play to break a 4-all tie and atone for a loss against a guy who recorded a fall against him in the Blackwell tournament a week ago and also had a 58-pound advantage at 286 pounds.

“He studied how he lost, made adjustments and changed the match around,” Petty said of Cole. “Hopefully we have some who can learn by his example and next week doesn’t equal this week.”

Cole rallied from a 4-2 deficit.

“I just came in with a chip on my shoulder and didn’t want my teammates to be let down by me,” Cole said.

Muskogee had four falls in the first five matches and didn’t see an advantage of any kind until Micah Foster scored an early takedown against Chase Lane at 140 pounds. It would be Foster’s only points in a 4-2 decision.

The Roughers lost two more and trailed 42-0 before getting a reversal of fortune from two seniors. Dewaylon Barnes pinned Pete Pickens 32 seconds into the second round at 162 pounds.

“I looked at the score, I didn’t like it and had to put some points on the board,” Barnes said.

Jacobe Smith then won at 184, struggling at times in an 8-3 decision against Jordan Dieringer to cap his final home match, like Barnes, with a win.

“Jacobe’s not only playing with a hurt shoulder but he also took his ACT today so he had a lot going on mentally,” Petty said.

Among Stillwater’s winners were Kaid Brock, the defending champion at 113, who got a second-period pin of Matthew Acee at 132 pounds, and Joe Smith, the runner-up at 132 a year ago, got the same against Darius Lewis at 154. Andrew Neiman (106 against Lantz Woodburn), Jacob Fontanez (122 against Xavion Taylor), Tristan Moran (138 against Zephy Johnson) and Chandler Rogers (160 against James Buckhanan), all with top rankings by Okwrestle.com, registered falls.

The Pioneers also got a forfeit at 222 when Elijah Pettey didn’t make weight there. Other weight issues caused Petty to shift his lineup more than he wished to.

Which gives him hope that this isn’t an accurate measurement of what to expect at Yukon High School next Friday and Saturday for his first dual state meet as coach.

“There’s adjustments we can make,” Petty said. “If we get to see them again, it’ll be a good thing because we’ll likely be on opposite end of the brackets next week.”