Compiled and written by Wayne Bishop | February 28, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tulsa Union withstood a mild charge by Ponca City in the consolations Saturday and took home its first crown since 1982 from the Oklahoma High School Class 6A state wrestling championships, while Claremore easily won its first team title in this tournament at 5A and Perry methodically added its 33rd state crown in 3A.
Then there was the Class 4A chase. There was nothing methodical or easy about Tuttle's fifth state championship. Facing an 18.5 point deficit after the first two rounds, the Tigers got huge performances in the consolation rounds to forge ahead of Catoosa, then held off the Indians by winning three of its five gold medal matches. The last, a technical fall by Shane Woods, wrote the final margin of 133-127. Cushing, with four straight champions in the early going, was third at 116.5.
The 2009 tournament was an historic one in that a quartet of four-time state champions were crowned. Perry's Ladd Rupp was the first, pinning his third straight foe at 125 to finish 46-1. Then Cushing's Jarrod Patterson won an easy decision at 130 in 4A for his fourth in a row and a 42-2 record. He and Rupp traded victories over each other this season.
Stillwater's Chris Perry
Stillwater's Chris Perry was one of eight wrestlers to leave State Fair Arena with unblemished records this season, going 35-0 when he recorded a technical fall over Ponca City's Blake Rosholt in the 215 finals. He was named Outstanding Wrestler in 6A.
The fourth of the historic four was Catoosa's Dallas Bailey, who had by far the toughest test. He and Woodward 2008 state champ Zach White had given each other their only losses this season. Both are headed to Oklahoma State next year, as is Rupp. White just missed a winning takedown in the final seconds of regulation against Bailey, then the Indian muscled his way through a tangled web of arms and legs in the first overtime period to win it, 5-3.
The other unbeatens from this year's event were Stephen Swan of Perry at 45-0, who was named the Outstanding Wrestler in 3A; Jeremy Goree of East Central, 37-0; Kidd Gomez of Noble, 35-0; Casy Rowell of Duncan, 36-0; Shawn Thomas of Catoosa, 28-0; and Kyle Cowan of Cascia Hall and Cody Johnson of Oologah, both 41-0. Swan, Goree, Gomez and Rowell are all three-time state champs.
This tournament was also historic in the number of multiple state champions. In addition to the four four-timers, there were six who won their third straight and 11 more who won their second. El Reno's Cory Dauphin took his third in a row at 152 pounds in Class 5A and has another year left. His brother Cody, who had also won two going in, was defeated in the 215 finals by Collinsville's Dalton Salisbury, who won his second. The other three-timers are Goree, Joey Sheridan of Union, Swan, Gomez, and Tuttle's Bobby Williams.
The other two-time winners were Tyler Dorrell of Del City, Justin DeAngelis of Jenks, Znick Ferrell of Sand Springs, Ian Fisher of Perry, Dylan Haynes of Berryhill, Tanner Keck of Marlow, Kyle Cowan of Cascia Hall, Cade Draper of Deer Creek, Jeremy Davenport of Sallisaw and Shawn Thomas of Catoosa.
DeAngelis, Fisher and Cowan all have another year left, while Davenport has two and could become another four-time king.
These were the first four-time champs since 2005, when Mike Bizzle of Cascia Hall won his fourth. They brought to 23 the total number in that elite club, and Cecil Beisel of Perry -- the first in the modern era when he prevailed from 1975 through 1979, was on hand to present some of the medals Saturday night.
Here's a look at each of the four classes -- another historic point, as this is the first year that the big school class has been designated Class 6A.
Union had a 95.5-79 lead over Muskogee after Friday night's semifinals, with Ponca City a distant fifth with 60 points. But the Wildcats had eight in the consolations to go with three in the finals, and made a strong move Saturday morning and afternoon to make it close. By the time the gold medal matches began, the lead was down to 105.5 to 97.
But freshman Josh Walker gave the Redskins a big boost when he upset Del City sophomore Tray Dorrell in the opening finals, 1-0. Union lost its next three gold medal bouts, but had the team title wrapped up by the time Joey Sheridan won his third straight individual crown with a quick pin at 171 pounds.
Broken Arrow's Derek Steeley
Devin Aguirre was the only Wildcat to claim a gold, edging Muskogee's Leo Arriaga at 140, 7-5.
The final team scoring found Union with 115.5, Ponca City 101, Broken Arrow 97, Muskogee 88 and Del City 84. Broken Arrow finished third in the team race for the second straight year and tied Del City for the most individual champs with three. Tiger senior Derek Steeley barely held on as Union's Cody Beisel nearly managed a reverse on the edge of the mat in the final seconds of a 1-0 match at 125.
Sophomore Zach Skates, who lost to Union's Ronnie Balfour the first three times they met this year, repeated his regional finals upset, getting the only takedown in a 3-2 title win at 152. And junior Terry Williamson, who was moved up to heavyweight from 215 just before regionals, completed a 6-0 sweep in post-season by edging Stillwater freshman Travis Morgan, 2-1.
Del City's trio of champs included freshman Kyle Garcia at 112, senior Tyler Dorrell at 119 and Travyon Lee at 135. Lee had a 7-2 lead over Muskogee's Marselle McVay with just over a minute left when the Rougher locked up a cradle and held him on his back the rest of the match. He got three back points to make it 7-5, but never quite got the right shoulder flat.
Other individual champs included Goree at 130, De Angelis at 145, Mike Vieira of Muskogee at 160 and Ferrell at 215.
Ponca City got an early energizer in the consolation semis when Josh Hicks, who fought Tray Dorrell to the wire in the semis, came back from a 4-3 deficit against Zach Russell of Norman to reverse him and tighten a double-double for a quick pin. But he was pinned by Midwest City's lone qualifier, Taylor Bassham, in the third-place match.
The Wildcat woes continued when Marshal Dickson, a regional champ who was upset in the first round by Muskogee's Josh Stewart, survived overtime to make it to the consolation semis, but was eliminated by Union's Ray Calvert, 6-1. Brother Marcese Dickson won three straight in consolations to help make up the gap, and Shawn Keating, after being majored by Union's Tyler Greenhaw in the semis, made it through to the consolation finals, where Broken Arrow's Keithen Cast dealt the 'Cats another blow with a late takedown, 6-4.
Del City's Travyon Lee
Freshman Luke Bean of Ponca was trying to come back through consolations when Broken Arrow's Cody Johnson, edged him 5-4 on a late move. Johnson then took third with a takedown just eight seconds from the finish against Ryan Umbarger of Sand Springs.
Heavyweight Clint Smith of PC was involved in two of the strangest endings in the big school class. He lost to Morgan in the semis, 2-1, when was called for stalling with half a minute left for a 1-1 tie, then cut the Pioneer loose seconds later to go for a takedown. In the consolation semis, East Central's Pearlie Graves had Smith locked up in a 260-pound cradle and the official signaled a pin. Graves and Smith both thought the Cardinal had won, but he had actually pinned himself. Those were six big points for the Poncans. But Smith was pinned in :38 by Norman's Jack Jewell in the third-place match.
In the finals, Union's Walker escaped with 1:10 left in the second, then rode out the third against the Eagle soph Tray Dorrell at 103. But older brother Tyler avoided an upset when he took Choctaw's Dustin Reed down on the edge of the mat at the buzzer to win, 5-4.
In another of the tight fits of the finals, Skates took Balfour down with a slick single leg at mid-way through the first, gave up an escape to the 'Skin, then traded escapes in the final two periods. Vieirra gave Muskogee its only gold medal when he took down Tyler Greenhaw of Union in overtime after a 5-5 deadlock. Ferrell and Mondaine had gone 1-1 through three overtime periods, then the Sandite senior notched his second title by escaping in ultimate overtime just seconds from what would have been a Rougher win.
When Claremore got transfers from Catoosa standouts Josh and Nick Haugen, it made an already strong team nearly unbeatable in 5A. The Zebras had a 116.5-72.5 lead over perennial power El Reno after Friday night and won handily, 127.5 to 86. Deer Creek was third with 76 and Grove edged Duncan for fourth, 58-53.
Carl Albert's Jared Porter
In the finals, Calib Freeman got the champions off to a fast start when he avenged a regional loss to defending state champ Rhett Leach of Stilwell. The tough little freshman won easily, 5-1, to finish 40-4 on the season.
After Kidd Gomez at 112 won his third straight, Andy Mogg of El Reno stood up to a couple of deep single leg lifts by Zebra sophomore Michael Williams, then dropped a 3-1 decision. But Claremore got golds from Jordan Basks at 125, Nick Haugen at 135 and Ryan Garrett at 171 to offset the losses by Williams and Josh Haugen, who fell 9-7 in a thriller to Hunter Muskrat of Deer Creek at 140. Casy Rowell of Duncan did a back flip after pinning Matt Rucker of Stilwell for his third straight title, this one at 130. Garrett avenged a regional finals loss to Bixby's Chris Conover, 12-2.
Carl Albert had a pair of champions, each with just one loss this season, as Jared Porter won in overtime against Ryan Bilyeu of Guthrie at 145 and Zach Aylor handled Amos Cherry of Coweta, 5-1, at 189. Deer Creek's second title came at 160 where Cade Draper edged Michael Maul of Collinsville, 4-2.
In a confrontation of state champions, Salisbury proved he belongs with the best when he beat Cody Dauphin of El Reno, 5-3. His only losses this year were close matches against Cowan of Cascia.
El Reno lost another finals match when heavyweight Bryan Soloman fell to Mike Reed of Ardmore, who got payback for his loss to the Indian in the West regional finals.
To the casual observer, Tuttle won the team championship in the finals, when it turned back one Catoosa bid after another. And, indeed, the upset by Colton Roberts over Kyle Knight of Cushing in the first gold medal bout was huge. Knight had beaten the Tiger in the regional the week before.
But Tuttle's title drive began early Friday. Roberts, who placed fourth, pinned East regional champ Gunnar Woodburn of Wagoner in the opening round, then added another fall that night against Blackwell's Connor Cline, who wound up taking third. Tiger freshman Sterling Hawkins won a big, big first rounder when he blanked Catoosa's Zach Vann at 119. Hawkins wound up third and was one of the leaders in the consolations surge which took Tuttle from a 108-89.5 deficit following the first round to 117.5-108 lead by the time the finals began.
Like Catoosa, Cushing had plenty of firepower in the gold medal round, winning four straight after Knight's loss. But neither of those contenders could match Tuttle in depth. The final margin of 133-127 gave the Tigers their first team title since they won back-to-backs in 2001-02. Cushing was third at 116.5, with McLoud fourth with 56, Clinton at 53.5 and Blackwell a strong sixth at 51.
Catoosa's Shane Thomas (left)
Another massive upset Friday morning came at 125 when freshman D.J. Boles knocked off East champ Byron Neagle of Wagoner, 8-6. He then won easily in the semis before losing to Cushing's Garrett Evans in the finals, 7-4.
Tiger sophomore Dylan Coppenbarger lost his first match Friday, but won two straight in the consolations, with bonus points in each, to finish fourth. Jake Simpson at 171 lost a major decision in the semis to Bailey of Catoosa, but he had two pins and a tech fall in his other three matches, finishing third and again adding points to that rally through the consolations. One of his pins came with only one second left.
It was just that Tuttle mind set for the tournament. The Tigers were determined not to let this one slip away, after losing a heartbreaker to Cushing at Dual State two weeks before. Hawkins had a major decision over two-time state champ Trevor Holly of Oologah for third.
The finals showdowns with Catoosa were split. Williams majored Indian Mikey Lunsford, 16-4, for his third in a row. But unbeaten (28-0) Shawn Thomas of Catoosa came back to get the overtime winner against Cole Gracey in a battle of state champions with a combined mark of 69-1 after the two battled to a 4-4 regulation tie.
Those matches came after a critical Catoosa loss at 145 when Sallisaw sophomore Jeremy Davenport avoided a controversial takedown attempt by Ryan Rosales to win 6-5 -- his second straight title.
Rosales, who was also a defending champ, thought he had the call to win it, but officials conferred and stayed with the original call. Catoosa wound up being penalized a team point after the match.
Cushing's champions came at 119, Ty Fittje; 125 Evans; 130 with four-timer Patterson; and 135 with Josh Myers. All but Patterson are juniors. Another junior champ is Oologah's Johnson, who won at 189 over Brad Avery of Madill, 10-3. Blackwell senior Joey George went overtime to get the heavyweight gold against Chaz Mattocks of McLoud.
Perry had the team title in the bag after Friday night, sending six into the finals and piling up a 150.5 to 79 cushion over Kingfisher, with Berryhill five more behind.
Perry's Ian Fisher (top)
While Cody Williamson of Geary and Dylan Haynes of Berryhill spoiled the finals night celebration with wins over Hayden Workman at 135 and Colton Gallo at 145, nothing could take the luster off the wins of seniors Rupp and Swan. Ian Fisher added his second crown, beating Barnsdall's Kyle Jaquess again at 130. And another string may have started with the 10-4 win by sophomore Taylor Groom at 119.
Perry wound up with 171 points, nearly double Kingfisher's 87. Berryhill had 78, Marlow 53 with two champs and Newkirk 50. Kingfisher also had a pair of champs in Brayden Hicks at 158 and Cash Johnson at 189. Marlow's Tanner Keck won his second straight at 171, and Ryan Brooks of the Outlaws won at 103.
Gallo, who had been out with an injury much of the year, was 11-0, but could not hold off Haynes, who scrambled for a wild 4-3 win. Haynes had lost in the finals to Gallo last year, 7-5, after winning as a sophomore. Jaquess lost in overtime to Workman a year ago.
Cascia Hall's Cowan won only 1-0 against Kingfisher's Joe Gaither in the finals, but as is his style, dominated with his strong leg ride. Sulpher heavyweight Logan Grinstead won a major decision in the finals.
Team & Individual Results
Coaches Aid | February 28, 2009
Class 6A1. Tulsa Union 115.5
2. Ponca City 101
3. Broken Arrow 97
4. Muskogee 88
5. Del City 84
6. Stillwater 50
7. Jenks 37.5
8. (tie) Sand Springs 37 and East Central 37
10. Bartlesville 25
Josh Walker (Union freshman) dec Tray Dorrell (Del City soph), 1-0
Kyle Garcia (Del City freshman) dec Jakob Weis (Jenks soph), 14-6
Tyler Dorrell (Del City sr.) dec Dustin Reed (Choctaw jr.), 5-4
Derek Steeley (Broken Arrow sr.) dec Cody Beisel (Union sr.), 1-0
Jeremy Goree (East Central sr.) maj. dec Austin Legg (Ponca City soph), 14-6
Travyon Lee (Del City jr.) dec Marselle McVay (Muskogee jr.), 7-5
Devin Aguirre (Ponca City soph) dec Leo Arriago (Muskogee jr.), 7-5
Justin DeAngelis (Jenks jr.) dec Josh Stewart (Muskogee sr.), 4-0
Zach Skates (Broken Arrow soph) dec Ronnie Balfour (Union jr.), 3-2
Mike Vieira (Muskogee sr.) dec Tyler Greenhaw (Union sr.), 5-5, 2-0
Joey Sheridan (Union sr.) pinned Marvin Lewis (Bartlesville sr.), :45
Chris Perry (Stillwater sr.) won by tech fall over Blake Rosholt (Ponca City sr.), 20-5
Znick Ferrell (Sand Springs sr.) dec Quincy Mondaine (Muskogee jr.) 2-2, 0-0, 1-0
Terry Williamson (Broken Arrow jr.) dec Travis Morgan (Stillwater freshman), 2-1
Class 5A1. Claremore 127.5
2. El Reno 86
3. Deer Creek 76
4. Grove 58
5. Duncan 53
6. Collinsville 40
7. Noble 39.5
8. Harrah 39
9. Carl Albert 38
10. Coweta 32.5
Calib Freeman (Claremore freshman) dec Rhett Leach (Stilwell soph), 5-1
Kidd Gomez (Noble sr.) dec Zach Housley (Grove jr.), 12-6
Austin Mogg (El Reno sr.) dec Michael Williams (Claremore soph), 3-1
Jordan Basks (Claremore jr.) dec Spencer Rutherford (Grove soph), 9-4
Casy Rowell (Duncan sr.) pinned Matt Rucker (Stilwell jr.), 3:08
Nick Haugen (Claremore soph) dec Kaleb Cradduck (Noble jr.), 2-1
Hunter Muskrat (Deer Creek jr.) dec Josh Haugen (Claremore jr.), 9-7
Jared Porter (Carl Albert jr.) dec Ryan Bilyeu (Guthrie sr.), 1-1, 1-0
Cory Dauphin (El Reno jr.) won by tech fall over Nolan Boyd (Deer Creek sr.), 20-5
Cade Draper (Deer Creek sr.) dec Michael Maul (Collinsville sr.), 4-2
Ryan Garrett (Claremore sr.) maj dec Chris Conover (Bixby sr.), 12-2
Zach Aylor (Carl Albert sr.) dec Amos Cherry (Coweta sr.), 5-1
Dalton Salisbury (Collinsville sr.) dec Cody Dauphin (El Reno jr.), 5-3
Mike Reed (Ardmore sr.) dec Ryan Soloman (El Reno sr.), 5-2
Class 4A1. Tuttle 133
2. Catoosa 127
3. Cushing 116.5
4. Clinton 53.5
5. Blackwell 51
6. Bristow 48.5
7. Sallisaw 43.5
8. Woodward 42
9. Fort Gibson 32
10. Oologah 29
Colton Roberts (Tuttle jr.) maj dec Kyle Knight (Cushing freshman), 9-0
Shane Thomas (Catoosa soph) pinned Chase Hess (Bristow jr.), 1:58
Ty Fittje (Cushing jr.) dec David Frix (Fort Gibson sr.), 9-3
Garrett Evans (Cushing jr.) dec D. J. Boles (Tuttle freshman), 7-4
Jarrod Patterson (Cushing sr.) dec Chayse Garrison (Sallisaw jr.), 11-5
Josh Myers (Cushing jr.) dec Jerad Schroeder (Bristow sr.), 9-4
Ben Morgan (Catoosa jr.) pinned Clayton Sanders (Bristow sr.), 1:07
Jeremy Davenport (Sallisaw soph) dec Ryan Rosales (Catoosa sr.), 6-5
Bobby Williams (Tuttle sr.) maj. dec Mikey Lunsford (Catoosa jr.), 16-4
Shawn Thomas (Catoosa sr.) dec Cole Gracey (Tuttle jr.), 4-4, 2-0
Dallas Bailey (Catoosa sr.) dec Zach White (Woodward sr.), 3-3, 2-0
Cody Johnson (Oologah jr.) dec Brad Avery (Madill jr.), 10-3
Shane Woods (Tuttle jr.) won by tech fall over John Lair (Clinton jr.), 16-1
Joey George (Blackwell sr.) dec Chaz Mattocks (McLoud sr.), 3-3, 0-0, 1-0
Class 3A1. Perry 171
2. Kingfisher 87
3. Berryhill 78
4. Marlow 53
5. Newkirk 50
6. Inola 39.5
7. Blanchard 39
8. (tie) Tonkawa and Barnsdall, 38
10. Geary 33
Ryan Brooks (Marlow soph) dec Cory Vann (Inola freshman), 6-0
Christian Bailey (Davis jr.) dec Kodee Varnell (Berryhill sr.), 6-0
Taylor Groom (Perry soph) dec Chad Kochenhower (Kingfisher sr.), 10-4
Ladd Rupp (Perry sr.) pinned Matt Kennedy (Geary soph), 1:39
Ian Fisher (Perry jr.) maj dec Kyle Jaquess (Barnsdall jr.), 14-5
Cory Williamson (Geary jr.) dec Hayden Workman (Perry jr.), 7-2
Coby Carson (Inola jr.) pinned Cameron Young (Berryhill jr.), 3:40
Dylan Haynes (Berryhill sr.) dec Colton Gallo (Perry jr.), 4-3
Brayden Hicks (Kingfisher sr.) dec John McCracken (Blanchard freshman), 2-1
Stephen Swan (Perry sr.) won by tech fall over Dax Perrier (Pawhuska jr.), 23-8
Tanner Keck (Marlow sr.) dec Jake Love (Tonkawa soph), 3-2
Cash Johnson (Kingfisher sr.) dec Clint Sloan (Pawnee sr.), 4-0
Kyle Cowan (Cascia Hall jr.) dec Joe Gaither (Kingfisher sr.), 1-0
Logan Grinstead (Sulphur jr.) maj dec Trevor Summitt (Newkirk freshman), 9-1
Dual State Wrestling Results
Coaches Aid | February 23, 2009
Broken Arrow 45, Yukon 16
Ponca City 50, Edmond North 6
Union 60, Choctaw 13
Muskogee 52, Del City 17
Ponca City 39, Broken Arrow 25
Muskogee 27, Union 26
Ponca City 40, Muskogee 9
Coweta 37, Carl Albert 31
Catoosa 45, Duncan 27
Claremore 48, Altus 18
Harrah 42, El Reno 33
Catoosa 65, Coweta 18
Claremore 42, Harrah 24
Claremore 39, Catoosa 26
Tuttle 43, Fort Gibson 21
Clinton 35, Cleveland 28
Bristow 36, Blackwell 26
Cushing 45, Sallisaw 21
Tuttle 51, Clinton 18
Cushing 34, Bristow 26
Cushing 31, Tuttle 30
Kingfisher 46, Inola 27
Newkirk 36, Marlow 33
Perry 72, Hobart 0
Cascia Hall 39, Little Axe 21
Newkirk 39, Kingfisher 30
Perry 72, Cascia Hall 6
Perry 57, Newkirk 9