By Ryan Horton
5 Yellowjackets medal, lone Lady Jacket takes gold
Choctaw High School had five state placers at the 2021 OSSAA Class 6A State Wrestling Tournament Saturday.
Caden Holman, of Choctaw, secured fourth at 113 pounds.
Holman suffered a 3-2 sudden victory loss in his final match with Putnam City’s Kalib Nolan when he gave up a point to an illegal hold.
The loss was more heartbreaking as Holman opened the tourney with a 9-2 decision over Nolan before he made his way back through the consolation bracket.
Holman lost a decision to state runner-up Hunter Hollingsworth, and pinned Broken Arrow’s Kaleb Collins in other tournament action.
Choctaw’s Cale Walden finished third at 120 pounds.
In his third place match the CHS sophomore pinned Edmond North’s Brayden Belford.
He only gave up one match. A 10-5 semifinal decision to state champion Cael Hughes out of Stillwater.
Walden had a tech fall and major decision on his way to bronze.
At 132 pounds Choctaw junior Shaun Muse took third.
Muse only lost one match when he took state champion Zac Blankenship, of Bixby, to a semifinal 3-2 TB decision.
He capped his tourney with a fall over Stillwater’s Cade Nicholas.
Zeke Coleman placed third at 182 pounds.
Coleman took a 1-0 decision over Yukon’s Conner Columbus in his final match.
Coleman had three pins in the tourney, but suffered a 5-3 sudden victory loss to Bixby’s Jack Puckett in the quarterfinal.
Chandler Holman placed fourth at 195 pounds.
He had a back-and-forth final match with Edmond North’s Ricky Thomas before he was caught giving up the fall.
In the previous match he had pinned Broken Arrow’s Elijah Hynes. He claimed a pair of decisions in the tourney, but had dropped a quarterfinal match with state champion Jersey Robb of Bixby.
At 106 pounds Mason Hanna had a rough go dropping two decisions.
In the quarterfinal, state runner-up Christian Forbes, of Broken Arrow, won by major decision, 13-3.
In the consolation round, Garrett McChesney, of Deer Creek, outscored Hanna, 5-3.
Jackson Speer qualified at 126 pounds.
Speer opened strong pinning Westmoore’s Reginald Jones Jr.
However, he dropped two matches to the state runner-up and then the fourth-place wrestler.
Choctaw’s Caleb Williams qualified at 138 pounds, but lost his first two matches. Choctaw’s Landon Eaton suffered a similar challenge at 145 pounds as did Corey Monroe in heavyweight action.
At 152 pounds Nathan Harjo lost a 13-4 major decision to Tulsa Union’s Noah Smith.
Thursday, Peyton Hand (16-0) secured the girls state wrestling title at 112 pounds, bumping Choctaw’s total state placer count to six.
In Thursday’s final she took a 7-3 decision over Pawhuska senior Landon McCartney (12-2) to take gold.
Hand won by fall over Aralease Callahan, of Broken Arrow, to open the state tourney.
Then in the semifinal, she took a 1-0 decision over Daityn Webb, of Davis.
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