From Staff reports
OKLAHOMA CITY — For the third straight season, Tahlequah’s Hestin Lamons found himself on the medal podium at State Fair Arena.
The 145-pound junior finished in third place for the second straight season with a 8-1 victory over Lawton MacArthur’s Colton Jump in the consolation finals Saturday in Oklahoma City.
“We could see the boys were on a mission,” Tahlequah coach James Rappe said. “Going into matches Saturday, we just kept saying ‘win to extend the season one more match.’ We did a good job of doing that.”
Lamons began the state tournament with a 4-2 victory over Jump on Friday. However, Lamons was knocked off in the championship semifinals, 3-2, by Guthrie’s Bryan Dutton.
“Hestin gave up some points on the edge,” Rappe said. “But he wrestled really well. We just weren’t able to quite get it done.”
Lamons beat Chickasha’s Triston Hill 5-1 to advance to the consolation finals.
Joining Lamons in third place was his teammate, Reese Davis at 138 pounds. Davis — who lost to Lawton MacArthur’s Brok Williams by fall in the championship semifinals — beat Noble’s Tristin Rabe (10-4) before taking down Coweta’s Justin Shrum in a 9-3 victory for third place.
“Yesterday, Reese got caught in a headlock and that changed the matchup,” Rappe said of Davis’ loss on Friday night. “It might of been different had he not gotten caught while coming up. It gave the other guy an opening.
“But we regrouped and went over the game plan, and Reese went out and executed.”
Also for Tahlequah was Mitch Sellers’ fourth-place finish at 132 pounds. Sellers beat Chickasha’s David Eakers 3-2 to reach the consolation finals, where he lost 2-1 to Del City’s Devin Green — who also beat Sellers 9-5 in the first round of the championship bracket.
At 126 pounds, Paul Sargent fell a victory short of placing for the Tigers. He was eliminated from the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Del City’s Clayton Lamb — his former teammate during his team at Del City — in the consolation semifinals.
For Hulbert, Bryson McGowan (195) finally got some payback against Vian’s Cale Mays.
After losing to the Wolverine wrestler at the Maverick Conference Tournament finals and also again at the Class 3A regional tournament, McGowan beat Mays, 2-1, for third place in the 3A state tournament.
“That helped cap the season off on a good note,” McGowan said. “As far as I know, that’s the last time he’ll wrestle, so he’ll have to think about that the rest of his life.”
McGowan started the tournament with a 7-2 win over Perry’s Bo Montez before falling to Barnsdall’s Caleb Hawes 14-3 in the championship semifinals. McGowan would bounce back on Saturday with a win by fall over Blackwell’s Jody Green to reach the third-place bout.
“It’s an accomplishment,” McGowan said of finishing third. “It’s the first step among many steps on the road to where I want to get to.”
For Keys, freshman Seth Fritts (138) came up just short of placing for the Cougars. The first-ever Keys wrestler lost to Chandler’s Blake Barrier, 12-1, in the consolation semifinals on Saturday.