Tahlequah Daily Press


March 1, 2014

Tahlequah's Hestin Lamons wins 5A title


OKLAHOMA CITY — Tahlequah's Hestin Lamons took Collinsville's Wyatt Jordan down and started slapping the mat.

He knew he was seconds away from winning a state championship.

After those few seconds ticked away, Lamons was crowned the 152-pound champion with a 7-2 victory over Jordan at State Fair Arena on Saturday night.

Lamons became Tahlequah's first state champion since Kelly Henderson in 2006.

Tahlequah's Mitch Sellers lost a 3-1 decision to Collinsville's Will Steltzlen in the 145-pound finals. Steltzlen became a four-time state champion with the victory.

The other area finalist was Hulbert's Bryson McGowan, who lost by fall at 1:01 to Davis' Braden Ruth. It was Ruth's third championship.

See Tuesday's edition of the Tahlequah Daily Press for much more coverage from the state wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City.

State wrestling tournament notebooks

Class 5A

106: Tanner Cole of Deer Creek atoned for a 2-1 loss to Collinsville's Nate Keim in the regional finals by beating Keim by the same score in extra on Saturday night. Cole scored a late escape near the boundary as time was expiring in the sixth period.

113: For the second time this season, Collinsville's Christian Moody picked up victory over Altus' Montorie Bridges in the finals. This time, though, it was for a state championship. Moody knocked off Bridges 5-3 this time after beating Bridges in the Mid-America National finals in Enid in December.

120: Cole Powers of Lawton MacArthur improved on his third-place finish at last year's state tournament and won a state championship this season with a 1-0 triumph over Collinsville's Jacob Findley in the finals. Powers finished the year 47-3.

126: Again, McAlester's Donald Cannon and Edison's Aaron O'Brien put on a show. But yet again, Cannon came out on top. This time it was Cannon posting an 8-6 victory in sudden victory. The two met in the regional finals in Tahlequah, where Cannon also won, 3-1.

132: Clayton Lamb of Del City held off Collinsville's Dakotah McGarrah for a 6-5 victory. Lamb, a regional champion the weekend before the state tournament, finished the year 33-7.

138: Add another four-time state champion to the list. Collinsville's Gary Wayne Harding manhandled Pryor's Cody Foos — winning by technical fall (15-0) — to win his fourth straight state championship. Harding, an Oklahoma State signee, finished the year 44-1 with his lone losing occurring against Freddy Stroker of Bettendorf, Iowa, at the Kansas City Stampede.

145: Harding will have to move over, because his teammate, Will Steltzlen, is joining him on the four-time state champion list. Steltzlen beat Tahlequah's Mitch Sellers, 3-1, to add to Collinsville's four-year legacy.

152: For the first time since 2006, Tahlequah has a state champion. Bringing home the honor is Hestin Lamons, who posted a 7-2 victory over Collinsville's Wyatt Jordan. Lamons, with only one loss on the season (Pryor tournament finals), finished second at state his freshman year and third the last two seasons.

160: Cameron Loving stood atop the podium again as the Altus junior collected his second straight state championship with a 4-1 victory over Lawton MacArthur's Colton Jump. Loving also beat Jump in the Carl Albert tournament finals earlier this year, 3-0.

170: Blane Culp improved upon his third-place finish last season with a 11-2 major decision triumph over Lawton MacArthur's Dillon White. Culp also beat White in the regional finals a week earlier.

182: Chalk up another state championship for Deer Creek's Cole Pacheco. The senior at 195 this season posted a 3-0 victory over Bishop Kelley's Brice Inbody for his third straight state championship. Pacheco and Inbody also met in the regional finals, and Pacheco won that showdown, 7-1.

195: Josh Latham added another title to his high school career, this time beating Del City's Nate Daniels by fall at 1:42. Latham settled for third place at the regional tournament a week prior to the state tournament, but went 3-0 at the state tournament for the crown.

220: Altus picked up its second title of the night, via sophomore Taven Birdow, who beat Lawton MacArthur's Garrett Shaw, 3-1, in sudden victory. Birdow made it two-for-two in two weeks against Shaw after beating 5-3 in sudden victory in the regional finals.

285: Coweta's Griffin Qualls knocked off Western Height's Cory Barnett by winning an ultimate rideout. He then tossed his headgear nearly into media row in the front row of the stands. And that's how the state tournament ended for 2014.

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