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February 17, 2013

Hordes of locals are state-bound

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.

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