By BEN JOHNSON
March has been quite generous to Hestin Lamons. There’s a good chance this month could go down as his favorite of all time — with the potential to get much better.
After winning a Class 5A state championship at 152 pounds on the first day of the month in Oklahoma City, Lamons was recently named an All-State wrestler by the Oklahoma Wrestling Coaches Association.
“This month basically has given me that feeling I’ve worked all my life to feel, and it’s really just been what I’ve been working so hard all these years for,” said Lamons, who will wrestle for the Large East team at the All-State dual this summer. “And it’s finally here.”
Lamons’ All-State selection is the first at Tahlequah High School since Kelly Henderson nabbed the honor in 2007. When Lamons won a state championship with his 7-2 victory over Collinsville’s Wyatt Jordan in Oklahoma City, he became Tahlequah’s first state champion since Henderson won a title in 2006.
Hearing that he’s the first in close to a decade to pull those off, what does all that mean to Lamons?
“I knew I would always be able to hear (those) statements if I kept working,” Lamons said, “so when I hear those words, I just feel accomplished and relived in a way.”
And even though it’s been more than two weeks since his triumph at State Fair Arena, it still hasn’t quite hit Lamons yet.
“Being a state champ hasn’t sunk in yet — it’s crazy,” Lamons said. “I don’t know when it will...I’m still just at a loss for words.”
In addition to winning a title and being named one of the state’s best, Lamons also made his decision on his college destination. He opted to verbally commit to Oklahoma State, a program with a record 34 national championships.
“I’m heavily considering Oklahoma State,” Lamons said. “I’ve had a dream of wrestling there all my life, and so I’d really love to fulfill my childhood dream of wrestling for the Cowboys.”
As for Lamons’ month getting better, it’ll depend on what happens at the National Wrestling Championship at Virginia Beach, Va., on March 28-30.
“In my bracket, it will only be seniors and will be a runner-up or state champion from whatever state they are from,” Lamons said. “If I place in the top eight, I will earn All-American honors and be inducted into the high school hall of fame.”
If Lamons is able to pull that off, it’s likely that he’ll never want March to end.
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132: Cody Foos (Pryor)
138: Gary Wayne Harding (Collinsville)
145: Will Steltzlen (Collinsville)
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220: Josh Latham (Chickasha)
285: Andrew Dixon (Edmond North)
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220: Jadon Davenport (Sallisaw)
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120: Tanner Leonard (Elgin)
126: Blake Dauphin (Tuttle)
132: Shayne Revels (Comanche)
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152: Keagan Davidson (Sulphur)
160: Dakota Head (Tuttle)
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