Tahlequah Daily Press

February 4, 2014

Tigers get 3rd at Pryor tournament

From Staff reports

— 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."

Doug Rial Memorial Tournament

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014

Team Results

1) Locust Grove    183.5

2) Pryor    174

3) Tahlequah    137

4) Skiatook    126

5) Sapulpa JV    112

6) Bristow    108

7) Pawhuska    102

8) Bartlesville    96

9) Tulsa Edison    83

10) Jenks    73

11) Bishop Kelley    66.5

12) Broken Arrow JV    64

13) Salina    49.5

14) Inola    48

15) Nathan Hale    33

16) Miami    24

Individual Results

Championship Rounds

106: Matt Schnorrenberg (Skiatook) dec. Daniel Nightengale (Pawhuska), 7-1

113: Logan Litke (Pryor) maj. dec. Levi Youngwolfe (Pawhuska), 9-0

120: Cullen Patterson (Salina) tech. fall Brycen Swan (Pawhuska), 17-2

126: Joe Jones (Bartlesville) dec. Chandler Delk (Skiatook), 9-7

132: Cub Yeager (Locust Grove) fall Zech VanFleet (Tahlequah), 1:19

138: Cody Foos (Pryor) dec. Johnny Cooley (Bristow), 8-6

145: Mitch Sellars (Tahlequah) dec. Kelvin Grubbs (Pryor), 5-4

152: Austin Eades (Jenks) dec. Heston Lamons (Tahlequah), 3-2

160: Reese Davis (Tahlequah) maj. dec. Tyler Logan (Bristow), 14-3

170: Cory Wilson (Inola) fall Trevor Taylor (Locust Grove), 2:56

182: Brice Inbody (Bishop Kelley), forfeit

195: Beau Wooden (Skiatook) fall Dakota Carnes (Sapulpa JV), 1:51

220: Dustin Remer (Locust Grove) fall Austin Agaunaga (Bartlesville), 1:30

285: Trey Loveall (Locust Grove) fall Brandon Chambers (Tulsa Edison), 4:41