Keeping it coming
Catoosa knocked off 4A kingpin El Reno at Dual State, but couldn’t keep outgoing head coach Archie Randall from his 11th-straight state title last February.
CHS may be able to get it done next February. An already strong lineup added freshman Ben Morgan and move-in Brock Mason. Morgan, a 130-pounder, beat Midwest City’s Drew Hill in the semifinals, then hammered Trey Branscum, a two-time state champion from Ponca City, in the finals.
Sophomore Dallas Bailey, 34-0 as a freshman, won his second Perry TOC title, needing everything to beat Muskogee’s Jacob Warner, 3-1, in the 152-pound final.
Muskogee’s Ben Owens started a consolation match down 1-0 before it even started. Officials deemed a patch of facial hair illegal, and after giving Bishop Carroll’s Nick Heincker a point, made Owens get a quick shave ... without shaving cream. Heincker picked up a pin at the 5:05 mark.
Stillwater junior 130-pounder Ben Marks opened the weekend against Branscum, who picked up an 8-4 win. Marks came back to win three matches before falling to Ark City’s Kirk Godfrey in the consolation semifinals.
Marks, who got caught with a third period headlock while leading 4-1 in the fifth place match and finished sixth, admitted he “had a funny feeling (he) was going to get Branscum in the first round.”
Edmond Memorial senior Richard Lopez, third at the 2006 state championships, finished fifth at 189 pounds this weekend. After dropping an 8-3 semifinal to SHS’s Walker Clarke, Lopez, 20-7 a year ago, lost a 2-0 overtime decision to Ponca City’s Adam Rosholt. Lopez finished the weekend 3-2 and said he may drop to 171 pounds.
Bringing home medals
SHS senior 152-pounder Alin Gurley and sophomore 160-pounder Tyler Sullivan each finished sixth. Gurley, a senior, lost in overtime in his final bout. Sullivan failed to show up for his fifth-place match.
Upon further review
Saturday’s Perry TOC story stated Perry’s Ladd Rupp lost in the finals to Bishop Carroll’s John Keller in the 103 pound finals in 2005. In fact, Rupp lost in the second round and eventually finished fifth. Keller beat Woodward’s Joey Miller 4-1 in last year’s final at 103.
Miller, the first female to earn a state medal in Oklahoma, went 0-2 at 119 pounds this weekend.
All in the family
The Kellers weren’t the only family to win multiple titles. Woodward’s Zach White, the 160-pound champion, is a cousin of Stillwater High’s Chris Perry. White beat Catoosa’s Spencer Hobbs, 4-1, for his gold on Saturday.
John Keller, Tyler Untrauer, Bailey, Perry and Clarke all defending TOC titles this weekend. Untrauer beat Corley, a champ at 119 in 2005, in the 125-pound final. Catoosa’s Shawn Thomas won gold at 125 a year ago, and finished third at 140 this season.
— compiled by Roger Moore
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