By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY – The area went 0-for-4 in the finals of the 92nd Annual Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Wrestling Tournament at State Fair Arena on Saturday.
Muskogee’s Jacobe Smith lost 4-3 to Bartlesville’s Michael Hamilton in the 6A 152-pound division, Fort Gibson’s Andrew Brestel fell 3-1 to Tuttle’s Nathan Jackson in the 4A heavyweight match, Vian’s Rowdy Simon lost to Heritage Hall’s Finn Higgins in the 3A 182-pound finale and fellow Wolverine Tre Locust was pinned by Locust Grove’s Mike Baker at 220.
With the score tied at 3-3, Smith had a plan against Bartlesville’s Michael Hamilton, but it backfired on him.
He intentionally allowed Hamilton a one-point escape in hopes of getting a two-point takedown, but couldn’t pull it off.
“I didn’t want the match to go into overtime,” Smith, a junior, said. “I was taking my shots and doing what I had to do. I thought I could get a quick takedown. I’m feeling a little disappointed right now.”
Muskogee coach Bobby Jefferson was just as disappointed.
“That was really tough,” he said. “I hate that for Jacobe. He wrestled well and hard, but Hamilton kept backing up for the last minute and 10 seconds of the match. It’s hard to set up a shot when your opponent is moving backward.”
It becomes the second time in two years for Hamilton to beat Smith. The last was a 7-4 decision in the regional finals last year.
Smith got his takedown in the third period to tie the match at 3-3 by sweeping Hamilton’s left leg.
“I went to his off side and able to get him down,” Smith said.
Smith’s final record is 42-2 and the loss was his first to an Oklahoma wrestler this season.
Meanwhile, Brestel took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the second period against Jackson, but the defending champion rallied with an escape and then got a takedown with nine seconds left in the match for the win.
Brestel, the first heavyweight in Fort Gibson history to reach the state tournament, said he was caught flat-footed on the takedown. He was philosophical about the loss.
“I wasn’t ready to wrestle on such a large stage,” he said. “I was kind of nervous. I have a chance to be all-state and a lot of guys don’t get here. There’s nothing to be sad about.”
Fort Gibson coach Sammy Johnson said Brestel didn’t move to avoid the takedown.
“He didn’t have enough motion,” Johnson said. “He got relaxed.”
Right after Simon got an escape in his title match, Higgins came right back with a takedown in the second period to take the 3-1 victory.
“I couldn’t get back to try for a takedown,” he said. “This is frustrating right now.”
Locust said getting pinned was a “sucking feeling” after Baker put his shoulders to the mat with 33 seconds left in the second period.
“He caught me with right move,” Locust said. “He got me in a headlock and it was all over after t hat. I came in thinking I had a good chance after being the runner-up at heavyweight last year.”
Consolation champions, or third place finishers, from the area were Muskogee’s Dawaylon Barnes at 6A 138 pounds, Tahlequah’s Reese Davis at 5A 138 and Hestin Lamons at 5A 145.
Barnes defeated Yukon’s Parker Bohannan 1-0 in the consolation finals. He won by major decision (16-0) against Colin Pasque of Norman in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Lamons defeated Colton Jump of Lawton MacArthur 8-1, while Davis beat Justin Shrum of Coweta 9-3 in their consolation finals.
J.T. Andrews of the Roughers took fourth at 6A 160, losing 1-0 to Lawton’s Taylor Wattenberger. Before that match, Andrews won a 7-6 decision against Bixby’s Mason Thompson in the semifinals.
Class 4A fourth place finishers from the area were Wagoner’s Brad Boswell at 145 and Roman Rodriguez at 182.
In 3A, Bryson McGowan of Hulbert defeated Cale Mays of Vian 2-1 in the 195 consolation finals. To advance to the finals, McGowan pinned Jay Green of Blackwell at 2:23, while Mays decisioned Bo Montez of Perry 5-3.