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.”
SABERCATS GET FIRST TASTE OF DUAL STATE TOURNAMENT
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.”
ANDREW DIXON WRESTLES IN PAIN
Edmond North's Andrew Dixon posted three victories Saturday, two by falls, despite aggravating an old football injury in the opening round match against Sapulpa.
He was in visible pain and had to take an injury timeout in his semifinal match against Tulsa Union, but bounced back with a pin in 1:17 against Muskogee's Adonis Cole.
“He got a stinger. We put some Icy Hot on it (after the semifinal match) and he was good to go,” Edmond North coach Andy Schneider said.
“It's just nerve damage in my neck,” Dixon said. “I was on a little bit of medicine and I numb a little bit, so I didn't feel it that much. I think I will be fine. We are going to go see a therapist (this week).”
HUSKIES COACH EXPECTED AN EDMOND NORTH-BROKEN ARROW DUAL
Muskogee was soundly beaten by Broken Arrow in the first dual of the season and surprised most people by defeating the Tigers in the semifinals Saturday. Broken Arrow had been ranked No. 1 in Class 6A for most of the season.
“I have been matching ourselves up against Broken Arrow since the summer,” Schneider said. “I have (the rosters) on my phone and go through it and would look at the different matchups at each weight. I would have never in my life guessed that Muskogee would have beaten them. Hats off to Muskogee.”