Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

February 4, 2014

Tigers get 3rd at Pryor tournament

PRYOR — When Tahlequah and Pryor dualed earlier in January, Pryor's Kelvin Grubbs hung a 12-7 decision victory on Tahlequah's Mitch Sellers. The win prompted Pryor coach Roger White to explain how Grubbs had a psychological advantage of Sellers.

That didn't go over too well with Sellers, a senior and state placer for Tahlequah in 2013.

All Sellers did on Saturday was get revenge with a 5-4 decision win over Grubbs in the finals of the Doug Rial Memorial Tournament at the Burdick Center in Pryor.

"The Pryor coach had made a comment that Grubbs was in Mitch's head and Mitch took that personal," Tahlequah coach James Rappe said. "The Grubbs kid is a great kid, and those two will battle again at regionals, along with (Will) Steltzlen of Collinsville."

Led by Sellers' title and Reese Davis' 14-3 major decision domination of Bristow's Tyler Logan in the 160-pound finals, Tahlequah finished third at the Pryor tournament over the weekend.

"It was another good weekend," said Rappe, whose team was coming off a fifth-place finish at the Carl Albert tournament on Jan. 18. "The guys that we had wrestled really well."

Davis, who was coming off a fifth-place showing at Carl Albert, made easy work of his opponents before breezing past Logan in the finals.

"Reese wrestled exceptional all weekend," Rappe said. "He pinned everyone on his way to the finals. Reese just man-handled him in the finals."

Tahlequah also had two second-place finishers: Zech VanFleet (132) and Hestin Lamons (152). VanFleet lost to a reigning 4A state champion, Cub Yeager of Locust Grove, by getting pinned at 1:19. Lamons, who had lost all season prior to the Pryor tournament, was beaten 3-2 by Jenks' Austin Eades.

"(Eades) took Hestin down late in the first period," Rappe said. "Then he just blocked Hestin out and just stayed in position. But we needed one of those matches before the regional and state tournaments."

Locust Grove won the Pryor tournament title with 183.5 points. Pryor was second with 174, and Tahlequah (137), Skiatook (126) and Sapulpa junior varsity (112) rounded out the top five.

Outside of Yeager's title, Locust Grove also had Dustin Remer (220) and Trey Loveall (285) post individual championships. Pryor had two with Logan Litke at 113 and Cody Foos at 138.

Tahlequah will now be off until it hosts a Class 5A regional tournament on Feb. 21-22. The Tigers were slated to wrestle at Fort Gibson tonight, but the dual has been called off.

"We were supposed to wrestle Fort Gibson (Tuesday) night, but we've gone ahead and canceled that," Rappe said. "Our kids are banged up. So that concludes the regular season, and now we just wait for the regional and state tournaments in a couple of weeks."

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