State wrestling lives up to hype...
By Robert Przybylo
There is just something about wrestling and wrestlers in particular. They’re just a different breed.
They wear their emotions on their sleeves like nobody else when it comes down to the state championship.
That can lead to memorable moments like last night with Del City’s Trayvon Lee, throwing the headgear up into the crowd and running around like a wild man. Great stuff.
My personal mission last night was to get match and postmatch video with four I’ve dubbed “The Perfect Quartet.” It’s not the coolest name, but it’s the first one that came to mind so I’m sticking with it.
Your Perfect Quartet: Perry’s Ladd Rupp, Cushing’s Jarrod Patterson, Catoosa’s Dallas Bailey and Stillwater’s Chris Perry.
All four won and all won in a different way. Rupp never went into a second period this weekend. He was scary good as always. Rupp won by pin at 1:39 in the first. His final record is 163-13. He will attend Oklahoma State.
Patterson got up big early and made sure he didn’t get caught in an 11-5 decision win. He picked up some early takedowns, cut his opponent but never put himself in any real danger. Patterson is going to Oklahoma and has final career mark of 160-3.
Bailey, oh boy, what a match between Bailey and Zach White of Woodward. The two are going to be teammates at Oklahoma State, but that’s not what last night was about. The two had split their first two meetings this season.
White scored the early takedown, but Bailey earned a two-point reversal. Bailey then elected to cut White but eventually scored an escape point of his own. Late in the third, White took a shot and had Bailey close to a takedown but time expired.
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