PRYOR — Locust Grove wrestlers claimed their fourth consecutive Doug Rial Memorial Tournament title behind a tournament-high three individual champions, holding off host Pryor Saturday at the Burdick Center.
Locust Grove held a slim lead (155.5-153) over the Tigers heading into the consolation and championship finals, but an upset at 145 pounds opened the door for the Pirates, who swept the 220-pound and 285-pound weight classes to snare the team title with 183.5 points to Pryor’s 174.
LG 132-pound senior Cub Yeager was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler in the lower weights.
“He just did what we expected him to do,” Locust Grove head coach Johnny Cook said of Yeager, whose fall over Tahlequah’s Zech VanFleet clinched another tourney title for the Wyoming commit. “We expect him to go out and dominate everyone he wrestles. He’s the toughest guy in the tournament.”
Yeager’s teammate Dustin Remer won the coveted Pinmaster award for most pins in the least time and also picked up the 220-pound championship by pinning Bartlesville’s Austin Agaunaga in the first round. Salina’s Cullen Patterson made a hard bid for the Pinmaster plaque, but settled for gold at 120 pounds. Patterson, the Wildcats’ only finalist, earned a technical fall in the second round of the title match against Pawhuska’s Bryson Swan.
Locust Grove’s Trey Loveall added an exclaimation mark to the Pirates’ win with a third-round fall over Tulsa Edison’s Brandon Chambers at heavyweight.
Locust Grove also got a runner-up finish from Trevor Taylor (170 pounds), a bronze finish from Trent Monk (182) and two fifth-place finishes from Alex Hix (145) and Ty Monk (160). Jake Niederbuhl added a sixth-place nod at 126 pounds.
“We had a lot of guys here who hadn’t placed in a tournament all year,” Cook said. “We’ve been to Perry, Reno (Nev.), Geary and Yukon [tournaments]. We wrestle the toughest schedule of anyone, including all the 6A teams.