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Harrah’s Russell takes silver

By Ryan Horton
Choctaw Times


Harrah’s Liam Russell competes in the 106-pound final. (PHOTO BY JEFF HARRISON)

Harrah High School sent six wrestlers to the OSSAA Oklahoma High School Wrestling Championships over the weekend.

Harrah’s Liam Russell finished runner-up in Class 4A’s 106-pound competition.

Liam Russell works for a pin in the 106-pound final, but his opponent would escape to take the gold. Russell brought a silver back to Harrah High School. (PHOTO BY JEFF HARRISON)

Russell opened with a fall over Skiatook’s Cole Smith and added a 7-5 semifinal decision over Heritage Hall’s Peyton Park to earn a shot at gold.

In a hard-fought match, Chickasha’s undefeated Dylan Bratt would take a 7-5 decision over Russell for the title.

Bo Manek opened with a 113-pound win over Wagoner’s Kai Lamho, 6-2.

Manek was then eliminated with back-to-back losses to Blanchard and Chickasha wrestlers.

At 120 Cade Carter lost to Sallisaw’s Mason Duke.

Silas Snead, of Newcastle, won by fall over Ian Fortelney at 132 pounds.

Wilson Manek got caught by a Fort Gibson wrestler before taking a 6-3 decision over Blanchard’s Blake Witmer.

Manek was eliminated when he was pinned by Issac Long out of Skiatook.

Harrah’s first girl state qualifier, Madison Welch, opened with a fall over Stilwell’s Adrianna Chronister, but was eliminated by losses to Mustang and Henryetta wrestlers at 145 pounds.

Senior Gabe Johnson was named an alternate at 170 pounds.

Harrah was proud to have a solid group of qualifiers this season.

“We build ours from the ground up,” said head Panther wrestling coach Bryan Miller.

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