Tuttle wrestling fans got an exciting ending to an exciting day.
The Tigers had wrestlers in eight of the 14 Class 4A championship matches held Saturday night at State Fair Arena, and six of them came away with victories — the last being the most dramatic of all.
Tuttle heavyweight Dustin Mason earned a 2-1 decision over Weatherford’s Jose Cuevas in the fourth overtime period, the ultimate tiebreaker, by holding the top position through the 30-second period. Cuevas escaped Mason’s hold, but it happened just after time expired, making for a tense few moments as the referees sorted it out.
“We’ve been on a good run, and that last match was really exciting,” Tuttle coach Matt Surber said. “The standard for Tuttle wrestling is really high, and the hard work paid off.”
With 178.5 points the Tigers cruised to the team title for the sixth straight year. Cushing was a distant second with 86 points.
Ten Tuttle wrestlers qualified for state, none finishing worse than third. The six individual titles matched the Tigers’ total from last year, when they qualified seven for the finals.
“I felt like we were an underdog in some weights, but we got on a roll and the kids fed off each other,” Surber said. “This is a really special senior class. We have five seniors who were all starters. They were great leaders who worked really hard.”
Four of Tuttle’s five seniors placed at state, with Blake Dauphin (126 pounds), Dakota Head (152) and Riley Fielder (220) all winning titles.
And the team’s youngsters showed that the Tigers’ future will remain strong.
Mason won the heavyweight title as a junior, while freshman Tanner Litterell (113) and sophomore Beau Guffey (120) were champions as well.
“We won some of the early matches, and that really set the mood,” Head said. “Those guys are hard workers, and it was good to see the young kids win, too. I think they’ll have four, five, six guys who can win it next year.”