By Nick Snow
CNHI News Service
STILLWATER — Three forfeit wins even before the match started gave the impression that the Stillwater High School wrestling team was going to make quick work of Muskogee on Thursday at the Pioneer Fieldhouse.
Instead, it was the Roughers who made it look easy — recording four first-period pins in about a five-minute span to defeat the Pioneers 51-23 on Senior Night.
Missing freshmen due to freshman state put Muskogee in an early hole, said MHS coach Bobby Jefferson.
“When you give up three forfeits right at the beginning and then we get tech falled, those are the kind of matches that you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Jefferson said. “You have 16-, 17- and 18-year-old kids and if they have a bad match, we’re in deep trouble. We kind of got it rolling and we knew we had to get it rolling by 145 and we did. I was pleased with the intensity we wrestled with.”
Along with forfeits in favor of Kennedy Monday, Mason Davis and Kaid Brock, Stillwater’s only other points came from Joe Smith’s 20-5 technical fall win over Micah Foster, as Stillwater took a 23-6 lead. Chase Soper pinned Stillwater’s Homer Blair at 126 for the Roughers’ first win.
Muskogee’s Matt Acee at 138 decisioned Garrett Guthrie, then 160-pounder Jacobe Smith and 145-pounder Dawaylon Barnes were too much for Stillwater — which was without junior King Williams and senior Cory Revier.
“We didn’t have all the bullets in the gun that’s for sure,” Stillwater coach Doug Chesbro said. “They forfeited some weights where we probably would have won anyway. It just wasn’t our night. ... As far as a dual meet goes, that was our worst matchup kid-for-kid that we were involved in all year. We did not match up with them well at all and they wrestled really well on top of that.”
Muskogee, on the other hand, got a 6-1 decision from Matt Acee at 138 pounds, before rattling off five straight falls — four of them in the first period to turn that deficit into a lead they never relinquished.
Barnes started the string of falls by pinning Beau Bigheart with 48 seconds left in the first period, while James Buckhanan, Smith and J.T. Andrews followed with pins. Stillwater’s C.J. Citizen managed to make it to the second period, but eventually Haden Kolmer also pinned him to the mat with eight seconds left in the second period.
Cori Andrews at 195 won by a decision, Elijah Pettey collected a fall at 220 and Tristan Watson took an 8-4 decision at 285.
Nick Snow is a sports reporter for The Stillwater NewsPress.
MUSKOGEE 51, STILLWATER 23
106: Kennedy Monday (SHS) wins by forfeit
113: Mason Davis (SHS) wins by forfeit
120: Kaid Brock (SHS) wins by forfeit
126: Chase Soper (MHS) pins Homer Blair (SHS), 2:46
132: Joe Smith (SHS) tech. fall Micah Foster (MHS), 20-5
138: Matt Acee (MHS) dec. Garrett Guthrie (SHS), 6-1
145: Dawaylon Barnes (MHS) wbf. Beau Bigheart (SHS), 1:12
152: James Buckhanan (MHS) wbf. Matt Albright (SHS), 0:46
160: Jacobe Smith (MHS) wbf. Cody Seabrant (SHS), 0:36
170: J.T. Andrews (MHS) wbf. Pete Pickens (SHS), 1:06
182: Haden Kolmer (MHS) wbf. C.J. Citizen (SHS), 3:52
195: Cori Andrews (MHS) dec. Cody Knight (SHS), 3-2
220: Elijah Pettey (MHS) wbf. Cyntrell Carden (SHS), 3:06
285: Tristan Watson (MHS) dec. D.J. Peckham (SHS), 8-4