Tahlequah Daily Press


March 5, 2014

Sheets wins another state title

State wrestling tournament notebook

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two down, two to go for Wyatt Sheets.

The Stilwell sophomore won his second straight Class 4A state championship on Saturday in Oklahoma City, knocking off Bristow’s Johny Cooley, 4-2, in the 138-pound finals at State Fair Arena.

In 2013, Sheets beat Cushing’s Mason Roberts, 5-2, to win his first state championship.

He’s now halfway to the four-time state championship club in Oklahoma.

Sheets — who was 42-0 in 2013 — entered this year’s state tournament at 17-1 after suffering a knee injury after finishing second at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Nevada. Sheets returned just in time for regionals and advanced to the state tournament, where he coasted and finished the year 20-1.

For his efforts, Sheets was named Class 4A’s Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament.

Other area wrestlers win state crowns

Tahlequah’s Hestin Lamons wasn’t the only state champion from around the Cherokee County area over the weekend.

Locust Grove’s Cub Yeager won his third state championship with a 4-2 victory over Tuttle’s Brik Flippo.

Muskogee claimed two titles in Oklahoma City. At 152 pounds, Dawaylon Barnes beat Broken Arrow’s Paden Bailey, 3-1, and Jacobe Smith (160) collected a 5-2 victory over Edmond North’s Zach Walton.

4 Maverick Conference wrestlers win big

Sequoyah, Keys and Hulbert all sent wrestlers to the state tournament, and all the wrestlers finished fourth or better.

And in the finals, the county trio had rooting interest in the state finals. In all, the conference had four state champions: McAlester’s Donald Cannon (5A 126), Jay’s Derick Shrum (3A 132) and Sallisaw’s Cale Wilson (4A 182) and Jadon Davenport (4A 195).

Other ‘outstanding’ efforts

Aside from Sheets, Berryhill’s Jonce Blaylock (3A), Collinsville’s Gary Wayne Harding (5A) and Yukon’s Boo Lewallen (6A) were named Outstanding Wrestlers at the state tournament.

Team champs

There was little suspense when it came to team titles on Saturday night.

In Class 6A, Stillwater won its first state championship since 1970. The Pioneers racked up 143 points with Edmond North in second at 122.

Collinsville claimed its fourth straight championship on Class 5A. The Cardinals, led by championships by Christian Moody (113), Harding (138) and Will Steltzlen (145), had 148.5 points. Lawton MacArthur was second with 107.

In 4A and 3A, Tuttle and Perry, respectively, continued their dominance.

Tuttle racked up an impressive 178.5 points, and Cushing was the next closest at 86. Tanner Litterell (113), Beau Guffey (120), Blake Dauphin (126), Dakota Head (152), Riley Fielder (220) and Dustin Mason (285) all won titles for the Tigers.

For Perry, David Thomas (160) was the Maroons lone champion. Yet, Perry managed 118 points, which was 36 points better than Tonkawa.

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