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.”
Collinsville cruised to the finals with a 55-6 win over Piedmont in the first round and a 62-9 win over Del City in the semifinals.
“It just seems like yesterday we were freshman doing this. It's been sweet every time. Accomplishing this was a dream for (the seniors) when it first started, but we just took it one step at a time and the hard work pays off.”
Collinsville, also the top-ranked 5A tournament team, was already shifting its focus to claiming the tournament title in two weeks.
“We've got to focus on correcting some of our weakness over the next couple weeks and go see if we can get another title at tournament state,” Gary Wayne said. “We can't overlook Lawton Mac there, because obviously they're really tough.”