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Del City duo wins state

Liam Daniels celebrates after winning the Class 5A 190-pound title. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Buttram, Daniels win back to back state titles

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

OKLAHOMA CITY – Liam Daniels didn’t need any extra excitement as he waited to take the mat in the Class 5A state championships Saturday night at Jim Norrick Arena.

But he got an extra jolt as he watched his teammate and best friend Deontre Buttram win the 5A 175-pound title with a fall in the third period.

“I was pumped up 100% already and then I saw him [Buttram] get that pin and I was about 120%,” Daniels said.

Daniels followed the lead and gave Del City back-to-back state champions. The senior beat Elgin’s Colyn Donnelly in an 8-0 major decision in the 5A 190-pound finals.

“Winning a state title hasn’t even set in yet,” Daniels said after the match. “I’ve known I could do it all year, but actually going out and doing it has been awesome. I’m over the moon.”

Buttram won a state title after placing third last year.

“It feels extraordinary to win,” he said. “I’ve struck out the last three times and it feels great to be on top.”

He was locked even with defending state champion Braden Brown for much of the match. Buttram broke free in the third and scored a takedown and pin at 5:39.

“When I went down for the third period, I was a little tired. I thought I’d take a break on bottom and make sure he didn’t get me with a chicken wing in,” Buttram said. “He has a pretty strong wing, but I was able to get the escape and got the pin.”

Buttram kept smiling as he watched Daniels win in the next match.

“That feels great seeing him win, he’s my best friend,” Buttram said. “He just came to Del City this year and we formed a pretty strong bond.”

Del City had five medalists at the state tournament.

Junior Evan Colbert was runner-up at 106 pounds and sophomore Dimitri Kizer took third at 132.

“Evan and Dimitri are both homegrown kids and have come up through the program and I’m really proud of how they did,” said coach Jamie Shawver.

Colbert reached the state finals after placing fourth a year ago. In the finals, Colbert kept even with Chickasha’s Canaan Brummett early before getting caught in the second period for the fall.

“Evan gets a lot of flak because he’s emotional and he’s a passionate kid, but the effort is always there,” Shawver said. “He’s going to continue to climb the podium. I have all the confidence that he’ll get it done.”

Kizer bounced back from an overtime semifinal loss to place third at 132. Kizer went 3-1 in the state tournament including three falls. In the third-place match, he pinned Chickasha’s Colby Longanacre in the second period.

“That was a hard loss in the semifinals, and I was concerned how he would bounce back, but he made a statement today,” Shawver said. “And sticking Longanacre for third was huge. He had lost to him two or three times last year and was 1-2 against him this year going into that match. And Dimitri dominated the match.”

Kizer was pleased to move up the podium this year but was disappointed he didn’t reach the top step.

“Third place wasn’t what I wanted but it’s what I got,” Kizer said. “I had a tough match in the semifinals and then came back today and finished it out.”

Roger Mendoza was one win short of the medal round at 150 pounds. Jevon Cooper (126) and Ricklan Holmes (215) also competed at state.

Senior Kevin McBride also qualified for state at heavyweight after wrestling up two weight classes at regionals. But he was disqualified from the state tournament after weighing in at less than 190 pounds. The OSSAA allows wrestlers to move up only two weight classes.

“That was a coaching mistake and I’ll eat that one for not managing it properly and costing him an opportunity to wrestle at state,” Shawver said. “Kevin was homeschooled until this year and came in and did nothing but work hard. What he did at regionals was truly an inspiration.”
In the girls’ tournament, Serinity High placed fourth at 140 pounds. After dropping her first match, High pinned her way to the medal round with back-to-back falls against Aubrey Brown of Altus and Sapulpa’s Elizabeth Cope. She then lost in the third place match 12-10 in overtime.

Kaylan Herlong, Chloe Daniels and Sorrell Hurd each won a match in the 6A girls state tournament.

The Del City boys finished fourth as a team with 77 points. Elgin won the state title with 95 ½ points followed by Chickasha (80) and Coweta (79).

Del City’s Deontre Buttram tosses coach Jamie Shawver to the mat in celebration after winning the Class 5A 175-pound title Saturday. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Evan Colbert placed second at the Class 5A state tournament. Photo by Jeff Harrison

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