Tahlequah Daily Press


January 22, 2014

District downfall

No. 7 Tahlequah upset at home by Skiatook


It was supposed to be a tune-up to the showdown on Thursday night. It was viewed as a precursor to possibly Tahlequah’s second dual state tournament berth in school history.

It ended in heartache.

Tahlequah, ranked seventh in Class 5A, was the favorite to challenge 5A No. 3 Shawnee for the District 5A-6 crown later this week. Skiatook had other plans.

The Bulldogs — not even in the top 15 in 5A — fought back from a 15-point deficit to prevail at the TMAC, 39-33, on Thursday night, crushing virtually any chance Tahlequah had of reaching dual state in February.

“We came up a little short,” Tahlequah coach James Rappe said. “...I’ve got some exceptional wrestlers on this team, but the fact of the matter is five, six, seven guys can’t carry 14.”

In the end, Tahlequah’s seven victories weren’t enough to match Skiatook’s seven match wins. The Tigers posted only three wins by fall while Skiatook won all but one of its matches by pin.

Still, though, it came down to the matchup at 285 to decide the winner.

Tahlequah’s Joseph Tucker needed to score a major decision, a technical fall or a fall for the Tigers to prevail — with the Tigers trailing 36-33. But it didn’t happen.

Despite tying the match up at 4 late in the third period, Tucker was taken down by Skiatook’s Gavin Hall with 3.7 seconds left with Skiatook’s bench exploding in celebration.

Skiatook coach TJ Vaughn had a simple message for Hall before he took the mat.

“Don’t get thrown in a headlock,” Vaughn said. “Even if he loses there, we will still come out on top because of criteria. We just didn’t want to give up any bonus.”

That’s what Tahlequah lacked most of the night. Aside from Tate Medlin (120 pounds), Mitch Sellers (145) and Hestin Lamons (160) scoring wins by fall and Jax Easter (132) winning by forfeit, the Tigers took three points at a time. Wrighter Weavel (126), Zech VanFleet (138) and Reese Davis (170) all won by decision for the Tigers.

“It came down to bonus points and they scored more bonus points than we did,” said Rappe, whose team dropped to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in 5A-6. “They capitalized in situations where we had inexperienced guys out there, and they were able to bonus and bonus big.”

Skiatook started the dual with two wins by fall at 106 (Matt Schnorrenberg) and 113 (Braden Pilgram) to claim an early 12-0 advantage. Billy Beyen’s win by fall at 152 was Skiatook’s only win in the middle weights, before the Bulldogs pieced together four wins to close out the dual.

“We had two seniors at the end,” Vaughn said, “and they came through clutch for us.”

Now Tahlequah faces the task of regrouping before Shawnee arrives on Thursday night.

“This does cloud whether or not we have an opportunity at dual state, but nothing is over until it’s over with,” Rappe said. “Shawnee is coming here and just because they’re here doesn’t mean they’re going to steam-roll us. We may very well take it to them. We’re wrestle tough and see what happens.”

Text Only
  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bassmaster.jpg Crossing, and fishing, the Delaware

    Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to compete Aug. 7

    BASS has fished out of some legendary venues over the years (including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans), but never Philadelphia, which is host of the Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River, Aug. 7-10, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mison.jpg Mixon’s attorney says incident with woman self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA