Large-school wrestling notebook: Guthrie takes home pair of titles

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: February 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm •  Published: February 26, 2011
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Guthrie 215-pounder Landry Chappell was undefeated against all opponents not named Alex Christensen of Deer Creek.

And with Chappell getting the best of Christensen in the semifinals, all that was left was to finish the job.

Chappell was forced to go through the ultimate tie-breaker, but he did it in winning the Class 5A state championship Saturday night at State Fair Arena.

"It was about finishing what I started," Chappell said. "This is an incredible feeling, a really tough match."

Chappell and Chickasha's Jacoby Brown were tied at 1 at the end of regulation. Each scored a point in the tie-breaker periods before Chappell escaped less than five seconds into the ultimate tie-breaker period.

Chappell was joined on the top step of the podium by Bluejays' 140-pounder Bryan Dutton.

The sophomore scored a two-point reversal in the second period and held on for a 2-1 win in the championship. Dutton did not lose to an in-state opponent this season.

Guthrie also received a third-place finish from Austin O'Connor at 119 and placed fourth.

CLINE GOES UNBLEMISHED

Norman North heavyweight Caleb Cline needed sudden victory to beat Stillwater's Travis Morgan in the regional final.

He needed a second tie-breaker in the state championship. It doesn't matter how you get it done as both times it was Cline coming out on top.

Cline escaped in the first tie-breaker session and rode out Morgan to a 3-2 victory. The championship concludes an undefeated senior season. Cline closes the season at 33-0.

SIVERTSEN EARNS TITLE

Moore's Cody Sivertsen had never qualified for the state tournament before his senior season. He made it count.

Sivertsen jumped out to an early lead in hanging on for an 8-6 victory in the 189-pound championship against Sapulpa's Caleb Cotter.

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