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December 15, 2012

Muskogee rallies in final match to beat Owasso

— With the night’s wrestling duel hanging in the balance and No. 4 Muskogee down 29-27 with one match remaining, it was up to Jacobe Smith to be the hero against the third ranked Sapulpa Chieftains Friday night at the Ron Milam Gymnasium.

The hero was up to the task as Smith then saved the best for last. With 11 seconds left in the second period Smith rolled up the Chieftains’ Lantz Luper in the fatal cradle to pull the pin and win at 4:20 of the third period.

The win pulled out a dual for the Roughers, 33-29.

“I was very pleased with our kids tonight,” said Rougher coach Bobby Jefferson, his team now 3-1. “These kids are tough, they’re winners, they’re a bunch of good kids, they work hard, I love being around them. “They (Sapulpa) are a tough team, they’re not ranked third in the state for just any ol’ reason.”

Smith had total control from the outset with a 7-0 lead ending the first period over Luper, then climbed to 11-0 when he pulled out the fatal move to end the match.

Opening the night, Rougher James Buckhanan controlled two of the three periods in the 160-pound class but couldn’t close the deal when the Chieftains’ fifth-ranked Bob Daniels scored a takedown with 14 seconds left in the final period for a 6-4 lead and the win putting the visitors up 3-0.

Joe Andrews picked up the tone for the Roughers at 170, pinning the Chieftains’’ Branden Watkins with 47 seconds left in the second period after building a 10-0 lead, the pin gave the Roughers a 6-3 advantage.

Haden Kolmer had his work cut out for him with the eighth-ranked wrestler in the Chieftains’’ Kristian Mendez but couldn’t hold on as Mendez pinned Kolmer with seconds left in the second period putting Sapulpa up 9-6.

“They moved some of their kids around and caught us off a bit,” said Jefferson. “Some pulled weight down and our kids had to adjust to them.”

Seventh-ranked Cori Andrews locked in on the Chieftains’ ninth-ranked Jacob Busby in the 195 class to score a 4-0 decision for the win and tie the match at 9-9. The Roughers’ Nigel Harris scored an escape with 5 seconds left in the second overtime in the 220 class to outlast Tyren Lynch and put the Roughers in the lead 12-9.

Muskogee’s Elijiah Pettey didn’t let the clock reset on this match when the bull rushed the Daylon Durham to the far corner for a quick takedown. Pettey then flipped the 285-pounder  into a pin with just 30 seconds gone in the opening period for the fastest match of the night. The pin and win put gave the Roughers a 18-9 lead.

Sapulpa’s Gage Martin took all three periods to score a major decision in the 106 class over the Efrain Arteaga, then Easton Jones outlasted Xavion Taylor 8-2 at 113. Sapulpa took the lead at 120 when the Roughers’ Chase Soper dropped a 2-0 decision to Corey Jones.

Xavier Taylor then put the Roughers back on top 21-19 with a 8-3 decision over Jacob Wallace in the 126 class.  At 132, Dalton Harnage tried to pin Owasso’s Dillon Wood, spinning him into a cradle and pin for a win and a 27-19 dual lead.

It looked good at that point for the home team but Camden Pepper took a major decision over MHS’s Matt Acee then Shea Conley got an injury default at 145 when Dawaylon Barnes injured his ankle in the second period, making it 29-27 Chieftains.

“Dawaylon was upset with leaving the mat tonight, he had has a high ankle sprain and we had to think what is best for him and the team,” said Jefferson. “Don’t doubt that kid has courage, he toughed it out but we had to make that call.”

He had Smith behind him.

Ahead for the Roughers is a Christmas break. Their next match is against Ponca City on Dec. 28.

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