SHAWNEE — Choctaw showed up healthy at dual state, and the rest was history. More accurately, the Yellowjackets continued to make history.
Choctaw, ranked second in Class 6A, atoned for a loss to top-ranked Broken Arrow earlier in the season and beat the Tigers 29-20 for their second dual state championship in three years.
“We had our whole lineup in for the first time,” Choctaw coach Benny Coleman said. “All the big matches went our way.”
That, and bonus points along the way helped, too.
At 138 pounds, Choctaw’s Connor Holman picked up a win by fall over Broken Arrow’s Diego Maturino, giving the Yellowjackets some extra cush with a 15-4 lead at the time. Broken Arrow’s Jackson Cockrell started the dual off with a 15-6 major decision victory at 113 pounds, but from there Choctaw’s Andy Schlaepfer (120), Colt Newton (126) and Gabe Johnson (132) each picked up wins by decision before Holman picked up a pin.
Coleman was asked which of his guy stood out, and he offered up a few considerations.
“We had a couple,” he said. “Zane Coleman had two falls and a major decision, and Connor Holman beat (Ponca City’s Dylan) Schrickham and bonusing in his other two wins.”
Broken Arrow wrangled some points away from Choctaw late, notably Zack Marcheselli, normally at 195, wrestling at heavyweight and beating Choctaw’s Caulin Poole, 3-2. But the hole was too much for Broken Arrow to climb out of.
Now Choctaw heads to regionals on Saturday looking to repeat as the 6A state champion.
Choctaw 29, Broken Arrow 20
106: Jared Hill (Broken Arrow) win by forfeit
113: Jackson Cockrell (Broken Arrow) maj. dec. Landon Peppers, 15-6
120: Andy Schlaepfer (Choctaw) dec. Andy Police, 5-2
126: Colt Newton (Choctaw) dec. Reece Witcraft, 8-5
132: Gabe Johnson (Choctaw) dec. Blake Gonzalez, 4-3
138: Connor Holman (Choctaw) fall Diego Maturino, 5:40
145: Brady Mattioda (Broken Arrow) maj. dec. Chandler Holman, 17-4
152: Jefferson Speer (Choctaw) dec. Aeden Cottle, 3-2
160: Jaryn Curry (Choctaw) dec. Caleb Wise, 3-1
170: Zane Coleman (Choctaw) maj. dec.. Bryce Mattioda, 9-1
182: Zeno. Marcheselli (Broken Arrow) dec. Gary Dockery, 1-0
195: Easton Rendelman (Choctaw) dec. Gavin Potter, 8-3
220: Tony Opichka (Choctaw) dec. Noah Cortes, 6-5
285: Zack Marcheselli (Broken Arrow) dec. Caulin Poole, 3-2
Class 5A – Lawton Mac 32, Skiatook 18
Lawton MacArthur held off Skiatook at the Carl Albert tournament in January, and the Highlanders did the same against the Bulldogs in the 5A dual state finals.
Lawton Mac picked up nine victories and knocked off Skiatook, 32-18, for its second straight dual state championship.
“Our kids impressed me in all three duals,” Lawton Mac coach Bobby Cook said. “I felt like we overachieved at several weights. I think last year’s success was a big impact in those results.”
Skiatook picked up decision wins at 113 (Trey Bowman), 138 (Cougar Anderson) and 145 (Austin Johnson), along with Josh Taylor’s major decision win at 120, but Lawton Mac six of the seven upper weights to control the dual.
Cook pointed to having seen Skiatook at the Carl Albert tournament — where the Highlanders beat Skiatook out for first place by 28 points — as a key scouting excursion.
“We knew how talented they were after seeing them at Carl Albert,” Cook said. “I think it was important to be able to get some familiarity with how they wrestle and how they compete.”
Enhancing Lawton Mac’s point total in the finals was a major decision win for Nick Mahan at 152 pounds, a tech fall victory at 160 pounds for Hunter Jump and wins by all for J.R. Willingham (182) and Brandon Lauren (220).
“There were several guys that led the way for us,” said Cook, whose team secured only the third dual state title in its program’s history.
Now the Highlanders will turn their focus toward regionals and qualifying wrestlers for the 5A state tournament, where they’ll once again square off with Skiatook.
“All the kids from each team have a week to hit the reset button, improve and make adjustments,” Cooks said. “I do feel that (dual state) continues to help build and develop a team-generated mentality and atmosphere moving forward.”
Mac 32, Skiatook 18
106: Jose Becerrill (Lawton Mac) dec. Kyle Bowman, 7-4
113: Trey Bowman (Skiatook) dec. Caleb Watts, 7-0
120: Josh Taylor (Skiatook) maj. dec. Billy Gonzales, 13-1
126: Marcus Slater (Lawton Mac) dec. Cody Francis, 9-3
132: Quinton Smith (Lawton Mac) dec. Cale Glover, 6-5
138: Cougar Anderson (Skiatook) fall E.J. Kona, 3:36
145: Austin Johnson (Skiatook) dec. Savien Johnson, 3-1
152: Nick Mahan (Lawton Mac) maj. dec. Hunter Hall, 14-6
160: Hunter Jump (Lawton Mac) tech fall. Jeron Seabolt, 23-8
170: Christian Maldonado (Lawton Mac) dec. Brian Pollard, 7-3
182: J.R. Willingham (Lawton Mac) fall Blake Watkins, 3:50
195: Korbin McLaughlin (Skiatook) dec. Matt Woods, 5-0
220: Brandon Lauren (Lawton Mac) fall Jonathan Martin, 1:53
285: Montana Phillips (Lawton Mac) dec. Dylan Carnagey, 3-2
Class 4A – Tuttle 56, Blanchard 12
There was a time when Tuttle’s dual state championships were full of suspense. Not anymore.
The Tigers’ trend of blowing out foes at dual state continued this year as they trounced Blanchard 56-12 to win their ninth straight crown.
“As stressful as some of our earlier dual state titles were several years back, I kinda miss the excitement and uncertainty of the outcome,” Tuttle coach Matt Surber said. “That’s not to take anything away from our competition, but this year we are pretty solid at almost all weights. So many of the matches we were heavily favored.”
They played out that way, too. And the credit for that, Surber said, goes to his team in improving as the season progresses.
“We work really hard and push each other in practice,” Surber said. “So it’s always great to meet the expectations and have the success we strive for.”
The only surprise came at 120 pounds, where reigning 4A champion, Tuttle’s Rhett Golowenski, was upset 5-2 by Blanchard’s Zach Williams. Beyond that, it was complete domination by Tuttle with eight wins including bonus points.
“Our guys competed hard and worked to score points,” Surber said.
The next goal for the Tigers will be chasing their 10th straight state championship in two weeks. To do that, Tuttle will attempt to qualify a wrestler at every weight in regional competition on Friday and Saturday.
“For most of the wrestlers, that’s a childhood dream and goal,” Surber said of the upcoming state tournament. “So we’ll enjoy (the dual state title), but come Monday we’ll set our sights on getting ready for regionals.”
Tuttle 56, Blanchard 12
106: Braeden Williams (Blanchard) dec. Ashton Grounds, 3-0
113: Garrett Steidley (Tuttle) fall Dylan Ewing, 1:09
120: Zach Williams (Blanchard) dec. Rhett Golowenski, 5-2
126: Ryder Ramsey (Tuttle) fall Ian Plott, 4:12
132: Logan Farrell, Tuttle fall Cameron McClure, 3:22
138: Luke Surber (Tuttle) tech fall Josh Parks, 16-0
145: Brady DeArmond (Tuttle) fall Dillon Berry, 0:54
152: Jaxon Stratton (Blanchard) dec. Gage Loard, 6-4
160: Dustin Plott (Tuttle) fall Colin Deaton, 1:29
170: Carson Berryhill (Tuttle) win by forfeit
182: Kavan Guffey (Tuttle) fall Hunter Harrison, 0:47
195: Maison Duke (Tuttle) fall Tanner Newton, 2:30
220: J.D. Eddy (Tuttle) dec. Ryder Wiese, 7-0
285: Ryan Bracken (Blanchard) dec. Trey Mason, 1-0
Class 3A – Perry 72, Marlow 6
Talk about stingy. A year after Tuttle allowed only 20 points in the 4A dual state field, Perry gave up only 12 points en route to its 10th straight dual state championship.
“Ten in a row is great for our program and our community,” Perry coach Ronnie Delk said. “For these young men to keep doing what they do is amazing.”
Perhaps even more impressive was every single one of Perry’s victories in the finals coming with bonus points. The Maroons totaled nine wins by fall, two by tech fall and two by major decision.
Just complete domination.
“My guys wrestled well,” Delk said. “I am excited to see them keep progressing as the season keeps going. They keep surprising me every week and event.”
Marlow’s only moment of revelry came with Tyler Lavey’s pin of Perry’s Blayze Hirlinger at 160 pounds. Then it was right back to Perry storming through the 3A field.
Now every other team in 3A will be tasked with stopping Perry in upcoming regional and state tournaments.
“Dual state is a stepping stone to reach our ultimate goal, and that is winning No. 42,” Delk said of the Maroons chasing a state-leading wrestling title. “Winning a dual state championship is definitely not taken for granted by any means. It is a way to spark the boys and get them ready for regionals and state.”
Perry 72, Marlow 6
106: Ryan Smith (Perry) tech fall Tyler Lawson, 17-1, 4:34
113: Gabe Valencia (Perry) tech fall Kyle Davis, 16-0, 5:37
120: Cade Nicholas (Perry) fall Cheyenne Davis, 1:34
126: Alex Valencia (Perry) fall Anthony Orum, 1:15
132: Dylan Avery (Perry) fall Ty Linam, 0:34
138: Hadyn Redus (Perry) fall Kobey Kizaer, 3:51
145: Riley Cinnamon (Perry) maj. dec. Noah Overshire, 13-3
152: Parker Nicholas (Perry) maj. dec. Josh McMains, 16-7
160: Tyler Lavey (Marlow) fall Blayze Hirlinger, 5:30
170: Jace Burdick (Perry) fall Kale Hunt, 1:03
182: Kohl Owen (Perry) fall Houston Maxfield, 1:44
195: Daxx Harold (Perry) fall Carson Moore, 1:18
220: Brandon Speikers (Perry) fall Zach Griffith, 0:13
285: Teaguen Wilson (Perry) fall Tristen Couch, 2:26