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Carl Albert’s upset bid falls short at dual state

Carl Albert’s Cash Wiley tries to pin a Coweta wrestler Saturday during the Class 5A dual state wrestling tournament at the Stride Center in Enid. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

ENID – Carl Albert wrestlers were back at the Class 5A dual state tournament Saturday afternoon.

But the trip wasn’t as long as they hoped.

The Titans lost to top-ranked Coweta 48-27 in the first round.

Carl Albert kept the score close in the first half of the dual before Coweta heated up. The Tigers earned three straight pins and won five of the last seven matches by fall.

“Coweta is tough, and we wrestled pretty well but I think we could’ve made it a little closer,” said senior Kasen Miller.

Coweta’s Brock Roberts clinched the win for the Tigers when he pinned Paxton Pogue with one second remaining in the first period at 144 pounds.

“We got pinned when we shouldn’t have and you can’t do that in duals,” said coach Curt Hodges. “We were in the matches, but you can’t get pinned.”

Brock Johnson (215 pounds), Cash Wiley (113), Kasen Miller (138) and Braden Anderson (157) each won by fall, while Layton Leavitt (165) earned a decision.

“We finally got some guys healthy and when you put them all together, we’re pretty good,” Hodges said.

Caden Longstreet (175) and Cruz Young (285) both lost close decisions early. Longstreet nearly rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the third period against Brock Heilman. Young took Deacon Peterson, a returning state runner-up, to overtime.

“Cruz wrestled really well but he’s just a little inexperienced and it showed,” Hodges said. “His effort and determination are there but he just came up a little short. I’m really proud of him. He wrestled his butt off.”

The Titans also forfeited 106 pounds.

Carl Albert faced an uphill battle against an undefeated Coweta squad. The Titans battled injuries much of the season but finally were at full strength.

“If we show up and wrestle the way we can, then we can go with anyone,” Hodges said. “It was a good dual and we just let things get away from us. Our dual record doesn’t really resemble who we are.”

Elgin went on to win the 5A dual state title, upsetting Coweta 38-28.

It was Carl Albert’s second trip to dual state in the past three years. The Titans lost to Collinsville in the first round in 2022. They did not qualify for dual state last year but won the 5A state tournament.

The Titans will compete in the 5A West Regional this weekend at Duncan High School with the state tournament the following weekend at the State Fairgrounds.

The team has three returning state qualifiers with Brayden Mixay, Miller and Longstreet. Johnson was a state qualifier in 2022 but was injured last year. Miller was a state runner-up last year.

“We have a lot of good wrestlers who are really determined and want to reach their goals,” Hodges said.

Carl Albert’s Kasen Miller tries to put his opponent on the mat Saturday afternoon at the Class 5A dual state tournament in Enid. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Carl Albert’s Layton Leavitt competes against Coweta Saturday afternoon during the Class 5A dual state tournament in Enid. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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