The Tahlequah High School wrestling team came up just short of its goal at the Tulsa Union Tournament.

Tigers coach Steve Ferguson said he wanted to finish in the top 20 of the 32-team tournament and it finished 21st over the weekend.

"We lost eight matches by one point," Ferguson said. "That's just inexperienced and young kids. That's encouraging. You turn that around next year and we win those matches."

The Tigers did get one placer. Casper Petty placed fourth in the 140-pound weight class, however four wrestlers were one match away from placing.

"If any one of them place, we're 17th," Ferguson said. "Two of them place, we're 14th. I knew it was going to be tough."

The Tigers were next scheduled to wrestle a dual match tonight at Claremore, however due to an ice storm in the area, that match has been postponed. A make-up date is in the works.

In the meantime, the Tigers next wrestle in Claremore anyway as the Tigers will be in the Claremore Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Junior High Wrestling

The Tahlequah Middle School wrestling teams wrestled at the Pryor Tournament and won the tournament for the first time since 1993.

Robert Lamons and Jacob Russell both placed first, Lamons in the 78-pound class and Russell in the 118-pound class.

Sean Eller, A.J. Cambell, Brent Carey, Anthony Sharp and Cody Kelley all took home third place while Justice Bailey, Brent Tschirhart, John Thomas and Presley Copeland placed third.

Dakota Simmerly placed fourth.

The Tigers placed somebody in every weight class.

The middle school Tigers next wrestle on Dec. 18 against Muskogee.

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