Collinsville had seven wrestlers in the first seven state finals matches Saturday night at State Fair Arena and won five of them as the Cardinals cruised to their third consecutive 5A team championship.
Winning state championships for Collinsville were Christian Moody (106 pounds), Davin Jeffries (113), Will Stetzlen (132), Gary Wayne Harding (138) and Dylan Helm (145).
For Harding, it was his third straight state championship. The junior will have a chance to become a four-time state champ next year.
LEWALLEN TAKES DOWN DEFENDING CHAMP
Sophomore Boo Lewallen of Yukon scored a takedown in the first overtime to defeat sophomore Markus Simmons of Broken Arrow, 7-5, in the 6A 120-pound championship match.
Simmons had won the state title at 106 pounds last year.
Lewallen, who injured his shoulder during last week's regionals, was leading 5-3 when he hurt the shoulder again during the match against Simmons. Lewallen said he was in a lot of pain the rest of the way.
“My shoulder has been hurting me all week,” Lewallen said. “I popped it out at regionals and it hadn't felt the same since.
“I am pretty sure I did it again. I don't know. My adrenaline kicked in and I just kept going. I have been working all my life to get that state title.”
Lewallen finished the season 31-1, losing only to Josh Breece of Edmond North, who finished third at 126 pounds.
He lost in the 113-pound state championship match last year to Joe Smith of Stillwater.
JUST CALL HIM BOO
Lewallen said he's been called Boo every since he was born.
“When I was born, my doctor said I had a lot of boo-boos already and my mom just picked it up. Then everybody picked it up on it, so I said I might as well put my name as Boo,” he said.
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