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Mid-Del wrestlers come up short at district duals

Carl Albert’s Grant Gobert competes against El Reno during district duals on Jan. 21. (Photo by Glen Miller | El Reno Tribune)

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Mid-Del wrestlers competed for a trip dual state last Thursday.

But all three high schools came up short at district duals.

Midwest City and Carl Albert each won one dual and Del City lost both of theirs.

Carl Albert traveled to El Reno for the District 5A-4 duals. The Titans opened with a 48-25 win over Lawton MacArthur, but lost to the host Indians, 43-24. Ardmore did not compete due to COVID-19.

Midwest City’s Jazen Brown pins Putnam City North’s Garrett Kernell during a district dual Jan. 21 at Mustang High School. (Photo by Jeff Harrison)

“We were hoping for a different outcome and getting to Dual State,” said coach Curt Hodges. “Things started out good with the win over Mac. We wrestled well and got the bonus points we needed with falls. In the El Reno match, we let some matches get away from us that we could have won and changed the outcome of the dual. So, we’re going to learn from it.”

Hodges said his young team, which is dominated by underclassmen, continues to learn and improve.

“We are going in the right direction,” he said.

In the first dual against MacArthur, the Titans got falls from Braden Anderson, Nathan Sutterfield, Jackson Jones and Will Batts. Kasen Miller, Grant Gober, Paxton Pogue and Michael Baker also won their matches.

Miller, Nathan Sutterfield, Alex Sutterfield and Will Batts were winners against El Reno.

Midwest City went 1-2 at 6A-2 duals at Mustang High School. After dropping their first two duals against Mustang and Southmoore, the Bombers closed out the night with a 46-30 win over Putnam City North.

“We wrestled two solid teams right off the bat and these guys (Putnam City North) were kind of dinged up a bit, but we got out there and battled,” said coach Shane Kerr.

Kaleb Kerr won by fall in all three duals, while Jazen Brown finished with a fall and two wins.

The Bombers dropped their opener against Southmoore, 66-15. Kerr and Watts both earned pins and Brown won by decision.

They followed with a 66-12 loss against Mustang. Kerr won by fall and Brown and Ethan Hayden both won by decision for the Bombers.

Midwest City closed out the night with a win over Putnam City North.

Brown, Darian Dennis, Jamie Watts and Kerr each won by fall. Josh Crawford, Bailey Swan, Austin Poe won forfeit against the Panthers.

Del City traveled to Edmond Memorial for the 6A-4 competition. They lost both duals against Memorial (66-18) and Deer Creek (46-29).

Riddick Nash got falls in both duals. He pinned Barrett Byers from Deer Creek and Blake Sanford from Memorial.

“He is wrestling well as we move closer to the post season,” said coach Kevin Davis.

Colby Clanton, Tim Slater, and Wyatt Drake each won their matches against Deer Creek. Kyron Lindsey and Darreyl Thomas received forfeits in both duals.

The Eagles are scheduled to host Yukon on Tuesday (after press time) in the final district dual.


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