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March 1, 2014

Tiger posts 3rd-place finish for Sequoyah

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

OKLAHOMA CITY — A reversal in the third period gave Sequoyah's Will Tiger all the points he needed to make history.

Tiger came from behind to beat Pawhuska's Taylor Priest, 2-1, in the consolation finals of the 126-pound field at the Class 3A state tournament on Saturday afternoon.

With his final win of the season, Tiger finished in third place at State Fair Arena — the highest finish ever by a Sequoyah wrestler at the state tournament.

"It was intense," said Tiger, who started the third period on bottom before scoring two points on a reversal early in the final period. "I had to go as hard as I could to win it."

Prior to Tiger's third-place finish, the highest a Sequoyah wrestler had finished at the state tournament was fourth (Chris Hummingbird in 2010).

Tiger's victory was the only one for wrestlers from Cherokee County in the consolation finals. Tahlequah and Keys went a combined 0-3 in attempts at third place.

In Class 3A, Keys' Seth Fritts lost a 3-1 decision to Marlow's Seth Scarbrough in the 160-pound consolation finals. It was Fritts' second loss against Scarbrough this season — the other was a 5-4 setback in the consolation finals of the Greg Henning Invitational in Tuttle.

For Tahlequah, Zech VanFleet (132) and Reese Davis (160) both had to settle for fourth place.

VanFleet, who reached the consolation finals with a 15-3 major decision win over Shawnee's Malique Lytle, was beaten again by Lawton MacArthur's Colby Powers — who also beat VanFleet in the opening round of the championship bracket.

Powers blanked VanFleet to pick up the bronze. Both times Powers beat VanFleet, the final scores were 13-0.

Davis' consolation final was lower scoring but still offered up the same result for the Tigers. Davis, who reached the consolation finals with a 1-0 win over Collinsville's Ryan Haymaker, was beaten 6-2 by Del City's Kevin Figueroa in a clash for third.

Davis finished third at 138 pounds as a sophomore last season.

Tahlequah will have two wrestlers — Mitch Sellers (145) and Hestin Lamons (152) — in the championship finals on Saturday night.

Hulbert's Bryson McGowan will also be in the championship finals at 220 pounds.

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Ben Johnson has been the sports editor at the Tahlequah Daily Press since 2009. He's a Broken Arrow native and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He's also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

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