By BEN JOHNSON
OKLAHOMA CITY — Hestin Lamons’ dream came true — in more ways than one.
Roughly seven hours before taking the mat in the 152-pound state finals on Saturday night, Lamons dozed off to sleep.
“Today, I took a nap around 1 or 2, and I had a dream that I hit a double-leg and took the kid (Collinsville’s Wyatt Jordan) down,” Lamons said. “I usually don’t even hit double-legs, and in my match I hit a beautiful double-leg and I took him down.”
Lamons took Jordan down three times, in fact, and cruised to a 7-2 victory at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City to become Tahlequah’s first state champion since Kelly Henderson in 2006.
After three previous years of finishing second (as a freshman) and third (twice), Lamons finally hauled in a Class 5A state title.
A dream come true, indeed.
“Dreams come true, for sure, man,” Lamons said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Lamons capped a state tournament in which Tahlequah finished in a tie for seventh with Piedmont at 46 points. However, Piedmont took eight wrestlers to the state tournament, while Tahlequah took just four.
And all four finished fourth or higher.
“It was a great weekend,” said Tahlequah coach James Rappe, who had Mitch Sellers (145) finish second, while Reese Davis (160) and Zech VanFleet (132) both finished fourth.
“As a program, we just want to keep progressing forward. Last year, we brought four and placed three. This year, we brought four and placed four. I just want to continue to build and move the program forward.”
Now the Tigers can move forward with an individual champion to their credit. All thanks to Lamons.
With wins over El Reno’s Elisha Leonard (11-1 major decision) and Shawnee’s Matt Daniel (6-0) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, Lamons punched his ticket to the state finals on Friday. Waiting for him there was Jordan, who Lamons beat in the regional finals, 6-3.
Lamons led Jordan 2-1 after both the first and second periods, and he knew that his one takedown of Jordan wasn’t likely going to be enough.
“I knew the dude was dangerous, and our feet were under-hooked, so I just wanted to keep wrestling,” Lamons said. “I wanted to score as many times as I could and not leave it in the ref’s hands or anything like that. I just wanted to dominant and put on a dominating performance.”
He saved that for the third period, where he took Jordan down twice — including a takedown in the closing seconds where Jordan pulled Lamons down on top of him. Lamons, then, started slapping the mat, knowing that his elusive title would be his in a matter of seconds.
“Once I got my second takedown, I knew it was over,” said Lamons, who had only been taken down twice throughout the course of his 35-1 season. “It was just the greatest feeling ever.”
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