Collinsville won its third straight Class 5A dual wrestling title Saturday at Claremore High School by defeating Lawton MacArthur, 31-24, in the finals. The Cardinals blasted Deer Creek, 64-10, in the quarterfinals and Coweta 67-6 in the semifinals.
“They got five or six kids at the lower weights that are as good as anybody in the United States,” Southmoore coach Greg George said of Collinsville.
The Cardinals also will be seeking their third consecutive title at the state wrestling tournament in two weeks.
Lawton MacArthur, however, hung tough with the top-ranked Cardinals. Each school won seven matches, but Collinsville scored more bonus points.
“We wrestled really well but you are never satisfied when you lose,” Lawton MacArthur coach Ellis Holt said. “We got some good wins and lost a couple of close that would have made a difference.”
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Southmoore, making its first trip in school history to the 6A Dual State Wrestling Championships, lost a 34-31 dual to Muskogee in the opening round.
“It came down to the last match,” George said. “We are still really young. We've got a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the team. We've only been a school for four seasons. A lot of them are brand new to this kind of stuff.
“We fought hard. We had a couple of matches I thought we might be able to win and we lose them. We gave a couple of bonus points away that I thought we should have and then we got some bonus points I didn't think we were going to get.”