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.
Lewallen legally changed his name to Boo in the seventh grade.
PC'S MOORE LEAPS FOR JOY
Sophomore Keegan Moore of Putnam City did a back flip and slammed his headgear to the mat in celebration after upsetting Joe Smith of Stillwater, 13-12, in the 6A championship match at 132 pounds.
Smith, who won the 113-pound state title last season as a freshman, had been unbeaten (39-0) this season and recorded bonus point victories in his first two matches at the state tournament.
Clinging to a one-point lead late the match, Moore said his strategy was “to hang on to his leg and not let go.”
Moore, 39-1, became Putnam City's first individual wrestling champion since 1997. He was named the outstanding wrestler in Class 6A for the state tournament.
STILLWATER'S BROCK STAYS UNBEATEN
Stillwater sophomore Kaid Brock completed an unbeaten season (37-0) by scoring a 3-1 decision in the 113-pound 6A championship match over Jacob Fontanez of Owasso.
YOUNG GUNS AT 106 POUNDS
The 6A championship match at 106 pounds was a battle of freshmen. Dalton Duffield of Westmoore scored a 4-2 decision over Justin Prince of Edmond North.
BERRY GETS ELIGIBILITY JUST IN TIME
Junior Levi Berry won a state title for Norman North after winning one two years ago as a freshman for Tuttle.
Berry transferred to Norman North this season, but eligibility questions kept him sidelined until the regional tournament.
Berry said he stayed in shape by wrestling all of the coaches for Norman North.
“They pounded me and pounded me and pounded me,” Berry said. “That's why I am here.”
Berry feared as the season progressed that he might not to get the opportunity to wrestle for a state title.
“When you make weight so many times and it doesn't happen, you really start to worry,” he said. “It would have crushed me if I wouldn't here today.”
Jacoby Brown of Chickasha won his second consecutive 5A state title, as did Cole Pacheco of Deer Creek.