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January 28, 2014

McGowan, Fritts win big at Carman Classic

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

At the end of February, Keys and Hulbert will head to Pawhuska for Class 3A regional tournament action. For Keys’ Seth Fritts and Hulbert’s Bryson McGowan, it’ll bring back pleasant memories.

Both area wrestlers wrapped up the Carman Classic in Pawhuska with individual championships on Saturday.

Fritts, at 160 pounds, knocked off Vinita’s Brooks Bowzer in the finals to claim his third title of the season.

“Seth wrestled really well with a dominant performance over his opponents,” Keys coach Travis Kirby said. “And he did a great job of performing some of the positions that we have been working on in the room, (some) that he has been lacking in.”

Fritts’ title in Pawhuska came after settling for fourth at the Greg Henning Invitational in Tuttle the week before.

“He’s one guy who’s hard to break and never slows down,” Kirby said. “We’ve just gotta tweak a few things with him and he will be good to go.”

Keys’ only other top-four placer was John Haeberle at 145 pounds. Haeberle lost to Tonkawa’s Jacob Collins by decision in the finals.

Overall, Kirby was pleased with his club in northern Oklahoma.

“We had a descent performance at Pawhuska,” Kirby said. “Everyone wrestled pretty good. We are at a point in the season where we gotta start peaking and this weekend showed me that, that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

At 220 pounds, Hulbert’s Bryson McGowan beat Tonkawa’s Billy Hyde by fall. It was McGowan’s second tournament title of the season after claiming one in Inola in early January.

Sequoyah exited Pahuska without an individual champion, but the Indians placed a few in the top four in their weight classes. Three Indians nabbed top-four spots: Bradly Davis (106) came in fourth, Damon Davidson (132) was third and Braxton Hammer (170) placed fourth.

“We came out of the Pawhuska tournament with more placers than we’ve ever had,” Sequoyah coach Brad Jones said. “There is still a lot of work to be done but the future looks bright for the Indians. Looking forward to the Maverick Conference this weekend.”

Before Sequoyah can head to Wagoner for the conference event on Friday and Saturday, the Indians will host Stilwell and Checotah on Tuesday night at the Place Where They Play.

Also on Tuesday, Tahelquah will head to Sallisaw, Keys will travel to Poteau and Hulbert will host Talihina and Quinton.

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