PC'S MOORE LEAPS FOR JOY
Sophomore Keegan Moore of Putnam City did a back flip and slammed his headgear to the mat in celebration after upsetting Joe Smith of Stillwater, 13-12, in the 6A championship match at 132 pounds.
Smith, who won the 113-pound state title last season as a freshman, had been unbeaten (39-0) this season and recorded bonus point victories in his first two matches at the state tournament.
Clinging to a one-point lead late the match, Moore said his strategy was “to hang on to his leg and not let go.”
Moore, 39-1, became Putnam City's first individual wrestling champion since 1997. He was named the outstanding wrestler in Class 6A for the state tournament.
STILLWATER'S BROCK STAYS UNBEATEN
Stillwater sophomore Kaid Brock completed an unbeaten season (37-0) by scoring a 3-1 decision in the 113-pound 6A championship match over Jacob Fontanez of Owasso.
YOUNG GUNS AT 106 POUNDS
The 6A championship match at 106 pounds was a battle of freshmen. Dalton Duffield of Westmoore scored a 4-2 decision over Justin Prince of Edmond North.
BERRY GETS ELIGIBILITY JUST IN TIME
Junior Levi Berry won a state title for Norman North after winning one two years ago as a freshman for Tuttle.
Berry transferred to Norman North this season, but eligibility questions kept him sidelined until the regional tournament.
Berry said he stayed in shape by wrestling all of the coaches for Norman North.
“They pounded me and pounded me and pounded me,” Berry said. “That's why I am here.”
Berry feared as the season progressed that he might not to get the opportunity to wrestle for a state title.
“When you make weight so many times and it doesn't happen, you really start to worry,” he said. “It would have crushed me if I wouldn't here today.”
Jacoby Brown of Chickasha won his second consecutive 5A state title, as did Cole Pacheco of Deer Creek.