MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 17, 2013

Hordes of locals are state-bound


Phoenix Staff Reports

— In 40 matches this season, Jacobe Smith has lost just once.

No Oklahoman has beaten him, though, and on Saturday, Smith put forth another dominating performance to capture the Class 6A West Regional championship at 152 pounds.

Smith scored a major decision over Mikale Washington of Moore, 12-4. Time ran out before he could register his fourth consecutive pin in the tournament.

Still, it was clearly a one-sided affair after he scored a quick takedown in the first period.

“That one was pretty easy to get and after that, I knew I had him off his feet so I worked off the top,” said Smith, whose only loss came in the Yukon Tournament against Bo Nichol.

“Winning here helps me along. I’ve got the four seed off the other regional so hopefully it will start as an easy night and I’ll work my way up.”

That’s how it’s supposed to be when you’re a top seed. But to Muskogee coach Bobby Jefferson, winning wasn’t the primary goal.

“I tell the kids that to me it’s about getting as many out as possible, then we’ll worry about placing next week,” he said. “It’s the fewest matches you will have but there’s no warm-up matches in that one.”

Still, he had somewhat mixed feelings about two of his three wrestlers who made the finals coming up short. Parker Bohannon of Yukon scored a 6-4 decision over Dawaylon Barnes at 138 pounds and Levi Berry of Norman got a 7-1 decision against J.T. Andrews at 160.

“Yes and no,” Jefferson said about the disappointment. “But really, I can’t complain about anything. We got seven out and came real close to getting eight. Like I said, it’s about getting people on the bracket next week and on that note, with one alternate, we did about as well as we could do in accomplishing that, so in that respect, I’m very pleased.”

James Buckhanan was third at 170 after decisioning Yukon’s Josh Bedell 6-2. So was Elijah Petty at 286 after a 4-3 decision over Josh Wynn in an ultimate tiebreaker. Matt Acee (126) and Nigel Harris (220) took fourth, Acee losing 7-2 to Josh Breece of Edmond North and Harris getting pinned in 3:29 against Corey Walker of Midwest City.

Chase Soper, whose clutch win in the dual state semifinals last week led to a win against Broken Arrow and a spot in the finals, is a fifth-place alternate to state. He got a 6-2 decision over Jeff Sturgeon of Edmond Santa Fe to put himself in that position.

The Roughers were second in the team standings behind Edmond North.



Class 5A

Tahlequah’s Mitch Sellers, Reese Davis and Hestin Lamons were already guaranteed a spot in the Class 5A state tournament before they stepped on the mat Saturday night. But they were hoping to sneak another teammate into the state tournament before the 5A regional at Edison was said and done.

Mission accomplished.

Joining the Tahlequah trio at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Arena will be Paul Sargent (126 pounds) who finished third at the regional to punch his ticket to the final weekend.

“I was pretty sure about my top three guys,” Tahlequah coach James Rappe said of Sellers, Davis and Lamons and their chances for the state tournament before regional action began. “But I was pretty positive Paul and (Zech) VanFleet would make it. Both had a strong chance of getting in. VanFleet had a chance, just came up short.”

Sellers, Davis and Lamons all lost to Collinsville opponents — Will Steltzen (132), Gary Wayne Harding (138) and Dylan Helm (145).



 Class 4A

At Glenpool, Wagoner earned  what’s believed to be its first regional championship

The Bulldogs had two regional champions — Travis Greer at 106 and Fischer Medlin at 160, two runners-up in Trenton Miller (132) and Roman Rodriguez (182), two thirds in Brad Boswell (145) and Alex Lockwood (113) and a pair of fourths in Tyler Johnson (120) and Derek Marshall (220).

In a tie match with 19 seconds left, Greer beat Cody Lambert of Cascia Hall with a takedown and a 7-5 win. Medlin beat Dakota Hewitt of Cleveland with a third-period pin.

“We’ve had some tradition here but it’s been a while and we think this is our first title,” Wagoner coach Micco Charboneau said. “They’ve wrestled tough all year, they’ll stay in your face for six minutes and give everything they have.”

Fort Gibson’s Andrew Brestel took the title at 285 pounds, getting a second-period escape to go up 2-0 and held on to beat Nick Wilson of Glenpool, 2-1. It’s also his first trip to state after three misses.

“It’s been a long time coming but he’s got a lot of vengeance piled up,” FGHS coach Sammy Johnson said. “I think he’ll do well next week.”

 Nick Bailey at 220 was runner-up and the Tigers also qualified for state Logan Wood, fourth at 170 and Zach Peterson, fifth at 160.



Class 3A

At Berryhill, Vian’s Landon Decker (160), Rowdy Simon (182) and Tre Locust (220) all won regional championships and Cale Mays (195)  finished as runner-up. Teamwise, the Wolverines wound up sixth.

 Keys’ Seth Fritts qualified third at 138 and Hulbert’s Bryson McGowan third at 195.