Tahlequah Daily Press

March 1, 2014

Tahlequah's Hestin Lamons wins 5A title

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com



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.



Class 3A

106: Heritage Hall freshman Kaden Gfeller completes an unbeaten season by capping it off with a 27-12 technical fall victory over Perry's Cale Betchan in the finals. Gfeller finished the year 28-0.

113: Plainview's Zach Atencio, a sophomore, trumped Tonkawa senior Anthony Jauregui 7-2 in the finals. Atencio upset No. 1 seed Maddy Roney of Kingfisher in the semifinals to reach the championship match.

120: In an unbelievable finish, Tonkawa's Owen Simpson scored three points (an escape and a takedown) in the final eight seconds to beat Salina's Cullen Patterson, 8-6. Simpson, a junior who finished the year 26-1, also beat Patterson 10-8 in the regional finals.

126: Briar Stopp of Newkirk closed out his career with another state championship. While coasting to the title his senior year, Stopp advanced to the finals with two wins by fall and then he beat Madill's Rio Zamora 8-2 in the finals.

132: Jay's Derick Shrum scored a near fall in the final few seconds to pick up a 3-0 triumph over Tonkawa's Brandon Hurst. Shrum, who posted a record of 44-3, improved upon his third-place finish at last year's state tournament.

138: Chandler's Tanner Wall put together an unbelievable run in the state tournament, and he capped it off with a 7-5 victory over Kingfisher's Brady Smith in sudden victory. Only a sophomore, Wall finished the season 35-5.

145: Davey Dolan left Jonce Blaylock to carry on the state champion legacy at Berryhill. Blaylock didn't disappoint. Blaylock rolled to another title with a 3-1 win over Chandler's Cody Ryan. Blaylock finished the season unbeaten at 32-0.

152: Newkirk's Jared Schieber barely made the podium last year in fourth place. This season, he capped things off with a championship by beating Perry's Colton Looper, 5-3.

160: David Thomas of Perry got a scare from Keys' Seth Fritts in the semifinals, but he shrugged that off with a 6-1 victory over Newkirk's Jacob Vap. Thomas also won the title in 2013.

170: Blackwell brought nine wrestlers to the state tournament. The first to go home with a title was Sam Schuerman, who knocked off Chandler's Heath Gray, 6-3. Both were No. 1 seeds and Schuerman finishes the year at 45-3.

182: As a junior, Pawnee's Marlon Houston Jr. lost in the finals to Newkirk's David Dowell. Houston made sure to leave high school as a state champion. Houston needed extra time but picked up a 3-1 victory over Chandler's Darian Mixon.

195: Barnsdall's Caleb Hawes needed extra time to win a state championship in 2013. That wasn't necessary this year as the senior coasted to a 9-4 win over Perry's Garrett Beier in the finals. Hawes capped the year with a 32-2 record.

220: Picking up his third state championship, Davis' Braden Ruth needed a little more than a minute to beat Hulbert's Bryson McGowan by fall at 1:01. Ruth, who missed most of the wrestling season after helping Davis win a 2A football championship, finished the year 9-0 (with six of the wins coming in the postseason).

285: Blackwell's second champion of the night was Tanner Allen, who beat Tonkawa's Bryan Jordan, 6-3. Allen lost in the finals to Ruth in 2013, but capped his 48-0 season with a championship.



Class 5A results

Championship finals


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

Consolation finals

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



Class 3A results

Championship finals


106: Kaden Gfeller (Heritage Hall) tech fall Cale Betchan (Perry), 27-12

113: Zach Atencio (Plainview) dec. Anthony Jauregui (Tonkawa), 7-2

120: Owen Simpson (Tonkawa) dec. Cullen Patterson (Salina), 8-6

126: Briar Stopp (Newkirk) dec. Rio Zamora (Madill), 8-2

132: Derick Shrum (Jay) dec. Brandon Hurst (Tonkawa), 3-0

138: Tanner Wall (Chandler) dec. Brady Smith (Kingfisher), 7-5 SV

145: Jonce Blaylock (Berryhill) dec. Cody Ryan (Chandler), 3-1

152: Jared Schieber (Newkirk) dec. Colton Looper (Perry), 5-3

160: David Thomas (Perry) dec. Jacob Vap (Newkirk), 6-1

170: Sam Schuermann (Blackwell) dec. Heath Gray (Chandler), 6-3

182: Marlon Houston Jr. (Pawnee) dec. Darian Mixon (Chandler), 3-1 SV

195: Caleb Hawes (Barnsdall) dec. Garrett Beier (Perry), 9-4

220: Braden Ruth (Davis) fall Bryson McGowan (Hulbert), 1:01

285: Tanner Allen (Blackwell) dec. Bryan Jordan (Tonkawa), 6-3

Consolation finals

106: Tanner Ward (Berryhill) dec. Louden Akin (Sperry), 8-2

113: Maddy Roney (Kingfisher) dec. Grant Sorenson (Heritage Hall), 5-4

120: Noah Nida (Perry) dec. Tyler Ramirez (Madill), 7-3

126: Will Tiger (Sequoyah) dec. Taylor Priest (Pawhuska), 2-1

132: Blake Avery (Perry) maj. dec. Cody Lewis (Geary), 14-6

138: Ryan Travelletti (Berryhill) dec. Brandon Smith (Newkirk), 9-5

145: Christian Roney (Kingfisher) dec. Jacob Collins (Tonkawa), 6-1

152: Kevin Howard (Tonkawa) dec. Aryion Young (Heritage Hall), 2-1

160: Seth Scarbrough (Marlow) dec. Seth Fritts (Keys), 3-1

170: Riley Betchan (Perry) maj. dec. Zalin Edwards (Pawhuska), 12-3

182: John Gruenwald (Sperry) dec. Connor Webb (Davis), 3-1 SV

195: Dylan Blundell (Kingfisher) dec. Jackson Kashwer (Chandler), 8-4

220: Cameron Hanan (Plainview) dec. Bo Montez (Perry), 4-1

285: De'Angelo Woodward (Douglass) fall Dorain Fagan (Plainview), 2:23