By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Mid-Del wrestlers shined last weekend at the Carl Albert Malcolm Wade Invitational.
Carl Albert finished second and Del City was fourth in the tournament that included several of the top teams in Class 5A.
“Finishing second is a complement for our kids, they work hard and we’re happy for them,” said Carl Albert coach Curt Hodges. “All those guys are tough, and they want to win really bad and it shows.”
Elgin won the team title with 273.5 points and three individual champions. Carl Albert and Duncan both finished with 168 followed by Del City with 163.5 points.
The Eagles crowned three individual champions with Dimitri Kizer (132), Deontre Buttram (175) and Liam Daniels (190), and Carl Albert’s Kasen Miller (138) won his second title at the Malcolm Wade Invitational.
Buttram was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weights. He dominated the 175-pound competition winning all four matches by fall.
In the finals, Buttram put Elgin’s George Tahdooahnippah on his back in the first period.
“I got third at Geary (Invitational) last week, so this feels good feels really good,” Buttram said.
Noble’s Beric Jordan was the Outstanding Wrestler for the lower weights after winning the 120-pound title.
Kizer has made a strong return while recovering from a fractured hip he suffered while running cross country. He returned to the lineup Dec. 19 and has wrestled a few duals and the Geary Invitational. He placed fifth at the Malcolm Wade Invitational last year. On Saturday, Kizer won gold with a 14-1 major decision against Claremore’s Maddox Jackson.
“It feels good to be back on the mat,” he said. “I just wanted to go out and wrestle and have fun and not try and think too much. I thought it (finals) would be a tougher match than it was.”
Daniels earned his second tournament title in the past week after winning at the Geary Invitational. The 190-pounder pulled out a 6-3 decision over Braden Brown of Lawton MacArthur in the semifinals before beating Guthrie’s Wesley Silvis in the finals by a 7-2 decision.
“I had Braden Brown in the semifinals at Geary and won a 1-0 match and then we had another banger of a match today,” Daniels said. “And in the finals, he (Silvis) threw a good headlock at the end but I just made sure I didn’t go to my back to give up a pin.”
Daniels said he’s feeling right at home with Del City after transferring from Edmond North last month.
“It was a little of an awkward change, it was last minute because of some personal issues but I found a lot of family really quick and I’m loving it here,” Daniels said.
Del City’s Roger Mendoza (150) placed second and Evan Colbert (106) took third.
Coach Jamie Shawver was pleased with his team’s performance as they keep working towards the state tournament.
“I’m really proud of our kids, they battled hard,” he said. “We had a lot of good takeaways and a lot of stuff to work on. And that’s what I tell them is to just be excited about the work and getting better.”
The Eagles went 3-3 in duals last week. They beat Collinsville, Will Rogers and Tulsa East Central, and lost to Claremore, Harrah and Lawton MacArthur.
Carl Albert had eight medalists in the tournament.
Miller led the way with a gold medal for the second year in a row. He advanced to the finals with two falls and a technical fall. The senior then clinched the title with a 5-0 decision over MacArthur’s
Kaden Wallace, who had beat him the previous two times.
“I knew I could win and just had to get to my offense early,” Miller said. “He’s more of a defensive wrestler and I knew he wasn’t going to take a lot of risks.”
Miller scored a takedown in the first period and followed with an escape and takedown in the second for the win.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be a blowout or pin or anything and I needed to wrestle smart,” Miller said.
Miller is 16-1 on the season and remains focused on winning a title this season. He’s placed at state all three years including a runner-up finish last year.
Cash Wiley (113) and Layton Leavitt (165) both finished third. Wiley beat Lee Moore of McAlester 10-4 for third place. Leavitt finished his weekend by pinning Midwest City’s Aidan Brown late in the third period.
Caden Longstreet (175) was fourth, while Brayden Mixay (132), Paxton Pogue (144), and Brock Johnson (215) each took fifth. Colton Davis (190) finished sixth for the Titans.
Midwest City’s top placer was Aidan Brown who took fourth at 165. He went 3-2 with one fall.
In the girls division, Del City’s Serinity High took first place at 140, while Thalia Taylor (100), Kaylan “KD” Herlong (130), Shanelle Bolton (135), Kylea Birdsong (155), Chloe Daniels (170) were second. Sorrell Hurd took third at 235.
Midwest City’s Megan Aaron placed second at 120 pounds.