Fritts becomes Keys’ first placer
Seth Scarbrough denied Keys’ Seth Fritts third place at the Greg Henning Invitational at Tuttle earlier in the year. He did it again on Saturday at the state tournament.
Scarbrough notched a 3-1 decision victory over Fritts in the consolation finals with third place up for grabs in Class 3A. It was again more heartache for Fritts, who finished the season 32-6.
“They both wrestled a great match,” Keys coach Travis Kirby said, “we just happened to fall on the short end of it.”
Fritts nearly made the 3A finals but came short against reigning state champion, Perry’s David Thomas. Fritts pushed Thomas to the limit for two periods before suffering a shoulder ailment that allowed Thomas to prevail, 9-4.
Thomas went on to win the 3A crown with a 6-1 triumph over Newkirk’s Jacob Vap.
Fritts had to wrestle his way into the consolation finals, which he did with a 15-8 win over Sulphur’s Steven Baker. However, Fritts’ good fortune ended there and he had to settle for a fourth-place spot on the final podium at 160 pounds.
The silver lining for Fritts was that he became Keys’ first-ever wrestler to place at the state tournament.
“He’s definitely heading in the right direction,” Kirby said of Fritts, who went 1-2 and didn’t place at the state tournament as a freshman in 2013. “Next year, we look to get him the top spot on the podium.”
Class 3A/5A state tournament
Class 5A results
Team scores: 1. Collinsville 148.5; 2. Lawton MacArthur 107; 3. Altus 69.5; 4. Coweta 60; 5. Edmond Deer Creek 48.5; 6. Del City 48; 7. (tie) Piedmont 46, Tahlequah 46; 9. McAlester 35; 10. Guthrie 34.5; 11. Chickasha 33; 12. Western Heights 32; 13. Pryor 24; 14. Tulsa Edison Prep 20; 15. Bishop Kelley 15; 16. Shawnee 14; 17. Durant 11; 18. (tie) Noble 10, Duncan 10; 20. Grove 5.
106: Tanner Cole (Deer Creek) dec. Nate Keim (Collinsville), 2-1
113: Christian Moody (Collinsville) dec. Montorie Bridge (Altus), 5-3
120: Cole Powers (Lawton MacArthur) dec. Jacob Findley (Collinsville), 1-0
126: Donald Cannon (McAlester) dec. Aaron O’Brien (Edison), 8-6 SV
132: Clayton Lamb (Del City) dec. Dakotah McGarrah (Collinsville), 6-5
138: Gary Wayne Harding (Collinsville) tech fall Cody Foos (Pryor), 16-0
145: Will Steltzlen (Collinsville) dec. Mitch Sellers (Tahlequah), 3-1
152: Hestin Lamons (Tahlequah) dec. Wyatt Jordan (Collinsville), 7-2
160: Cameron Loving (Altus) dec. Colton Jump (Lawton MacArthur), 4-1
170: Blane Culp (Piedmont) maj. dec. Dillon White (Lawton MacArthur), 11-1
182: Cole Pacheco (Deer Creek) dec. Brice Inbody (Bishop Kelley), 3-0
195: Josh Latham (Chickasha) fall Nate Daniels (Del City), 1:42
220: Taven Birdow (Altus) dec. Garrett Shaw (Lawton MacArthur), 3-1 SV
285: Griffin Qualls (Coweta) dec. Cory Barnett (Western Heights), 5-2 UTB
106: Briar Adams (Lawton MacArthur) dec. Dillon Prutch (Coweta), 5-2
113: Fletcher Edwards (Coweta) fall Dayton West (Deer Creek), 0:34
120: D.J. Hendrickson (Western Heights) dec. Coulton Parker (Piedmont), 3-1 TB
126: Alex Nelson (Guthrie) dec. Justin Walker (Collinsville), 4-1
132: Colby Powers (Lawton MacArthur) maj. dec. Zech VanFleet (Tahlequah), 13-0
138: Reece Henry (Piedmont) dec. Jared Woods (Durant), 8-3
145: Kelvin Grubbs (Pryor) dec. Francisco Lopez (Piedmont), 8-3
152: Brok Williams (Lawton MacArthur) fall Connor Kelly (Duncan), 1:39
160: Kevin Figueroa (Del City) dec. Reese Davis (Tahlequah), 6-2
170: Sam Dawes (Coweta) fall Austin Baldwin (Altus), 2:35
182: Riley Williams (Chickasha) dec. Harley Stanley (Western Heights), 5-3 SV
195: Conner Howard (Guthrie) dec. Dokota Boxwell (Noble), 5-4
220: Riley Smith (McAlester) dec. Keenan Priddy (Collinsville), 7-2 TB
285: Blake Finley (Guthrie) fall Jake Douglass (Collinsville), 1:40