Class 5A wrestling: Collinsville wins fourth consecutive championship

The top-ranked Cardinals won their fourth consecutive dual state title with a 30-27 victory over Lawton MacArthur in the finals.
by Trent Shadid Published: February 15, 2014
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photo - Collinsville celebrates their win the Class 5A Dual State wrestling championship in Yukon, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Collinsville celebrates their win the Class 5A Dual State wrestling championship in Yukon, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

— The domination over Class 5A wrestling continued for Collinsville at Saturday's Dual State Championships.

The top-ranked Cardinals won their fourth consecutive dual state title with a 30-27 victory over Lawton MacArthur in the finals.

“It's been such a great ride winning four in a row,” said Collinsville coach Weston Harding. “We started this with this group of seniors, and we've come through and won for four years with them. I've been coaching a lot of them since they were five or six. It's going to be hard to replace them.”

Senior Gary Wayne Harding, Weston's son and a three-time state champion, helped get the momentum in favor of the Cardinals at 138 pounds with a pin in just 12 seconds over Malik Slater.

Will Steltzlen followed with a 4-0 decision over Donovan Washington at 145 pounds, and Wyatt Jordan picked up a 3-0 win over Brok Williams as Collinsville turned a 21-14 deficit into a 30-21 lead with two matches remaining.

“It was huge for me to get that pin because I felt like I had to get the ball rolling for our team,” Gary Wayne said. “Getting that pin was pretty sweet and I think it kind of helped I team realize it wasn't so bad and got some positivity going.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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