By CHRIS EDENS
Three Mustang wrestlers made the state tournament after placing at the Glenpool regional last weekend.
“It was a great weekend of wrestling and I couldn’t be more proud of our kids,” Oologah head coach Brian Bullock said. “In the past couple of weeks we have talked about getting through walls and breaking them down.
“Each wrestler has had some sort of wall to tear down to get him to the next level and their ultimate goal of getting to the state tournament. The three that have qualified I believe broke through this weekend.”
Drew Humphrey was the runner up at 145 lbs. Humphrey was the #4 seed.
He pinned Ryan Lackey of Mcloud in 5:54 in the first round.
In the second round, Humphrey pinned McLean Mabrey of Cascia Hall in 5:05 and then beat the #3 seed JT Getkin of Glenpool 7-2 to make the finals. Humphrey lost to Darren Fowler of Catoosa 9-2 in the championship match.
“Drew’s wall had been getting through the semi’s and into the finals. Drew wrestled lights out all weekend,” coach Bullock said. “He lost a tough match to Fowler. We will make the adjustments to beat him next week in OKC.”
Cole Martin qualified for state at 182 lbs. In the first round, Martin beat Will Hart of Cascia Hall at 1:49 in the first period.
“Cole suffered a bit of a knee injury early in the week at practice and his wall to get through was putting the injury out of his mind,” Bullock said. “Cole pinned Hart on a perfectly executed shot and lift. It was poetry in motion.”
In the semi-finals, the coaches decided to injury default to the eventual champion Cale Wilson of Sallisaw.
In the consolation semi-finals, Martin rose to the occasion and pinned Khy Mote of Poteau to get into the third place match.
In the consolation finals, Martin wrestled one of his best matches of the year beating Malachai Wood of Stillwell.
“It was a great match to watch as a coach and a fan,” Bullock said.
Wesley Littlefield qualified for state at 113 lbs. Littlefield was the #4 seed in the tournament.
In his first round match, Littlefield pinned Nik Smith of Glenpool in 57 seconds. In the semi finals, Littlefield lost to the eventual champion, Scout Skidgel of Cascia Hall.
In the consolation semi-finals, Littlefield beat Daryl Anderson of Webster 12-5. In the consolation finals, Littlefield took on Alex Lockwood and lost 3-1.
“Wes actually had him on the ropes right at the end and almost tied it up. As a coach I couldn’t have asked for more from Wes,” Bullock said.
Also competing last weekend were Connor Gorman at 106 lbs. and Tyler Cooper at 220 lbs.
“Conner and Tyler both wrestled extremely well and both battled all season long,” Bullock said. “The coaches are very proud of all of our kids that competed. Now our next wall is the state tournament at the fairgrounds inOklahoma Citythis weekend.”