Yukon coaches were sporting the most colorful shirts at the state wrestling championships: “Killer B's” shirts.
The Killer B's were Yukon's four state tournament qualifiers: Boo Lewallen, Josh Bedell, Parker Bohannan, and Jalen Medicinebear.
Lewallen, 30-1, reached Saturday's championship finals at 120 pounds where he will meet fellow sophomore and defending state champion Markus Simmons, 33-4, of Broken Arrow.
OSU BLOOD ON THE MAT
Stillwater sophomore Joe Smith, son of Oklahoma State University wrestling coach and two-time Olympic champion John Smith, will defend his state title from a year ago. Smith, 39-0, reached the championship final after pinning both of his opponents at 132 pounds on Saturday.
Stillwater freshman Kennedy Monday, son of former Olympic champion and OSU wrestler Kenny Monday, lost a 1-0 decision in the semifinals at 106 pounds to Dalton Duffield of Westmoore.
Duffield will meet Jordan Prince of Edmond North for the title.
NORMAN NORTH PUTS THREE IN THE FINALS
Sophomore Hayden Hansen (39-1) of Norman North reached the state finals at 126 pounds with a 4-3 semifinal win over Edmond North's Josh Breece.
Afterward, Hansen said he has been thinking about the moment since getting injured in last year's regionals.
“It's been a long journey ever since last year,” Hansen said. “I missed all of this last year. It means a lot to make it to the state finals and compete for a state championship.”
Norman North qualified three wrestlers to the state tournament and all three reached the finals: Hansen, Blake Bassham at 145 pounds and Levi Berry at 160 pounds.
“They are wrestling lights out,” Norman North coach Greg Henning said.
The Timberwolves only have two state champions in their history.
HENNING BACK ON THE MAT
Henning, who started the wrestling dynasty at Tuttle, came out of retirement to take the Norman North job this season.
“I had been retired for six years,” said Henning, who coached at Tuttle for 21 years. “The opportunity came open and I jumped at it.
“I've been doing a lot of roofing and painting houses and the last two summers have been so hot I thought, well, there has got to better way to make a living. The Oklahoma teachers' retirement just wouldn't cut it.”
Henning has coached 43 state champions in his career at Tuttle, Stilwell and Sallisaw.
DUNCAN, EDMOND NORTH NAMED ACADEMIC CHAMPS
Duncan's wrestling team was the state academic champion in Class 5A with a grade-point average of 3.63.
The 6A title was won by Edmond North which had a team grade-point average of 3.5148.
COLLINSVILLE HAS COMMANDING LEAD
Collinsville, two-time defending state champ, has a huge lead in Class 5A going into Saturday's finals. The Cardinals have 148 points, while Lawton MacArthur has 81.5.