Tuttle senior Zachary Beard advanced to the Class 4A championship finals at 170 pounds after picking up a forfeit win over Poteau's Derek Francis in the semifinals.
Beard will now wrestle for his fourth individual state championship on Saturday night.
“It feels pretty good for it to finally be here,” Beard said. “After I won it my freshman year it became my goal to do it four times.”
Beard is now 40-0 on the season, and has a career record of 161-9.
Tuttle currently has two four-time individual state champions. If Beard can become the school's third, it would move Tuttle into a tie with Perry for the most four-time champions in Oklahoma wrestling history.
The championship finals for all classes will begin at 5:45 at State Fair Arena.
PERRY PULLS AWAY WITH BIG SEMIFINAL ROUND
After the first round of action in Class 3A — Perry, Tonkawa, and Newkirk were separated by just 4.5 points in the team standings.
Things changed in the semifinals, as Perry — which qualified 12 wrestlers for the tournament — won five of its seven matches in the round to bring its team total to 93 points.
The Maroons now hold a 36-point lead over second-place Locust Grove heading into Saturday.
“It feels good for our guys to come through like that in that round,” Perry coach Ronnie Delk said. “We gutted out some huge wins.”
PERFECT FIRST ROUND GIVES TUTTLE COMMANDING LEAD
Tuttle continued its recent domination of Class 4A by going an impressive 12-0 in first round matches. The Tigers got 10 bonus-point wins in the round, nine pins and one major decision, as they racked up 40 team points.
“I'm proud of what our kids were able to do in that round,” coach Matt Surber said.
“We know the expectations are there and we rose to the occasion. All the credit goes to our kids.”
The Tigers are now 23-0 in the first round over the last two years.
Tuttle wrestlers won seven of 12 semifinal matches, and the four-time defending tournament champions will head into Saturday's action with 133 team points. The Tigers have a 70-point lead over second-place Cushing.
TUTTLE, VIAN WIN ACADEMIC TITLES
Not only is Tuttle well on its way to a fifth straight team tournament championship, but the Tigers also earned the Class 4A academic state title.
The Class 3A academic championship went to Vian.