YUKON — 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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