Division I signees are often hard to come by at the All-State duals, but three Oklahoma State recruits did compete on Wednesday night, picking up wins in dominant fashion at Whitey Ford Fieldhouse in Bixby.
Miami's Eli Hale (126 pounds) and Berryhill's Davey Dolan (145) both picked up pins for the Small East, and Altus' Keilan Torres (160) scored a major decision for the Large West.
“They (OSU) want us to come because this event represents our state well,” Dolan said. “We all agreed it'd be a fun way to go out in our high school careers.”
Hale's pin came in 3:21 over Comanche's Ricky Kelly, while Dolan took just 1:30 to pin Hinton's Jake Reading.
Torres defeated Brandon Hunt of Ponca City 14-4.
Another Division I signee expected to compete this week, but did not show up, was future Sooner Cade Wheelwright (126) of Plainview.
BEARD, DOLAN, HALE RECEIVE TOP HONORS
Tuttle's Zach Beard and Berryhill's Davey Dolan, both four-time state champions, were named co-Wrestlers of the Year by the Oklahoma Coaches Association before the All-State duals Wednesday night.
Beard (Class 4A) and Dolan (Class 3A) were also named Wrestlers of the Year in their respective classes.
The OCA Jim Thorpe Wrestler of the Year went to Miami's Eli Hale.
“It's a huge honor to receive the award,” Hale said. “We (Miami) don't get a ton of recognition, so it's nice to be noticed and recognized for something like this.”
Hale, a three-time state runner-up, finished his high school career at Miami with a state championship in his senior season. His overall record in four years was 133-14.
The Class 6A honor went to Midwest City's Carlos Freeman, and Altus' Keilan Torres in Class 5A.
EAST, WEST SPLIT DUALS
The dual competitions were dominated by the Small East and Large West.
Led by pins from Hale, Dolan and Cale Mays of Vian (195), the Small East defeated the Small West 45-13. Weatherford's Matt Hoffman (182) pinned Vinita's Skilar Miller in 3:14 to pick up the biggest win of the night for the Small West.
In the large school dual, the Large West won 10 of 13 matches to earn a 35-15 victory.
Major decision wins from Torres, and Edmond North's Joshua Breece (126) stood as the biggest wins for the Large West.
Lawton's Danny Maldonado (138) had the closest victory of the night, scoring a two-point reversal with three seconds remaining to win 3-2 over Anthony Mica of Bixby.
HARDING NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
Collinsville coach Wes Harding was named the Oklahoma Coaches Association Coach of the Year before the duals.
Harding led the Cardinals to a third straight Class 5A tournament state title this year.
He was also named Class 5A Coach of the Year.
Edmond North coach Andy Schneider, whose team won the dual and tournament title in Class 6A, received the Class 6A Coach of the Year.
Tuttle's Matt Surber was named Class 4A Coach of the Year. Surber won the overall honor last year.
BY TRENT SHADID