From Staff reports
INOLA — Seth Fritts is back to defend his title. Bryson McGowan is back to avenge a second-place finish last year. And Will Tiger is out for some gold, too.
Fritts, Tigers and McGowan advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes at the Inola wrestling tournament on Friday.
Fritts, the No. 1 seed in the 160-pound field, coasted into the finals this year, winning all three of his matches by fall on Friday. Fritts, who won the 145-pound title last season, will face Jay's Kaleb Reece in the finals.
In the 220-pound field, McGowan received two byes before beating Broken Arrow junior varsity's Matt Willard by a 14-1 major decision. McGowan followed that up by pinning Muskogee JV's Zane Rasmussen.
In 2013, McGowan lost the 195-pound title to Barnsdall's Caleb Hawes, who is in the 195 finals again this year against Pawhuska's Marlon Houston. McGowan will challenge Barnsdall's Baylee Perigo for the 220-pound championship this season.
The final area finalist is Tiger, a 126-pounder from Sequoyah. Tiger pinned Hulbert's Laz Chavez in the semifinals to reach the championship match, where he'll face Catoosa's Conner Parent, who knocked off the No. 1 seed Adam West of Pawhuska in the quarterfinals.
Sperry was the leader of the tournament after the first day. The Pirates logged 143 points, which was four better than Barnsdall (139). Jay (132.5), Broken Arrow JV (90) and Wagoner (81) rounded out the top five.
Hulbert had 66 points at the end of the first day. Matt Clay (106), Hunter Reagan (138), Cole Grogan (145), Justin Owen (152), Wyatt Cain (160), Greg Landeverde (170), Gabe Scott (195) and Brian Colvin (220) were all still alive for the Riders in the consolation bracket heading into Saturday action.
Keys finished the first day with 44 points. The Cougars had Brent Gladd (138), John Haeberle (145), Bailey Armer (195) and Dalton Smith (285) wrestling in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
For Sequoyah, which has 38 points, Bradly Davis (106), Damon Davidson (132), Braxton Hammer (170), Drayk Meigs (182), Tommy Littlehead (195) and Nolan Philpott (285) were all left to wrestle in the consolation bracket.