Regional wrestling roundup: Tuttle dominates at Class 4A west regional

Behind the strength of nine champions and 10 state qualifiers, Tuttle piled up 281 points to win the Class 4A west wrestling regional at Harrah.
by Trent Shadid Published: February 22, 2014

Behind the strength of nine champions and 10 state qualifiers, Tuttle piled up 281 points to win the Class 4A west wrestling regional at Harrah.

Winning titles were Tanner Litterell (113 pounds), Beau Guffey (120 pounds), Blake Dauphin (126 pounds), Brik Filippo (132 pounds), Dayton Garrett (138 pounds), Dakota Head (152 pounds), Seth Shelton (160 pounds), Riley Fielder (220 pounds), and Dustin Mason (285 pounds). Noah McQuigg (106 pounds) finished second.

“I'm really pleased having nine champs,” said Tuttle coach Matt Surber. “That sets us up in a good position for next week, and allows us to enter the state tournament with some confidence.”

The nine regional champions make Tuttle an overwhelming favorite to win their sixth consecutive Class 4A tournament title next weekend.

“I'm getting a great effort from those 10 guys,” Surber said. “We would've liked to get a couple more in through (the loser's bracket), but I can't complain about being top heavy like that. We got a lot of bonus points and that's really what allowed us to get some separation.”

Vinita had the most state qualifiers in 4A with 11, but had no champions. The Hornets finished second to Tuttle with 210.5 points. Vinita was also the runner-up to Tuttle at last weekend's dual state tournament.

SEVEN CHAMPIONS LIFT EDMOND NORTH TO 6A WEST TITLE

Edmond North put itself in great position to contend for the Class 6A tournament state title next week with seven champions and nine state qualifiers from the 6A west regional at Southmoore.

Paxton Rosen (106 pounds), Cy Trindle (120 pounds), Zach Walton (160 pounds), Joel Dixon (182 pounds), Derek White (195 pounds), Lance Dixon (220 pounds), and Andrew Dixon (285 pounds) all won titles for the Huskies, who took first in the team race with 258 points.

Putnam City had the second-most champions thanks to twin brothers Keegan and Zachary Moore. Keegan won the title at 132 pounds with a 15-5 major decision over Mustang's Gareth Ballard, while Zachary had a third-period pin over Daniel Mbainyel of Norman in the 138-pound final.

Southmoore had a school-record six state qualifiers, but were dealt a tough loss when senior Nathan Marek was disqualified from the tournament during the 170-pound semifinals on Friday night. Marek was a state champion as a sophomore and runner-up as a junior. He has signed with OU.

Marek's disqualification ended his season and prevents a possible matchup with Stillwater's Chandler Rogers at the state tournament next weekend. Marek and Rogers, who has signed with OSU, are both ranked in the top 20 nationally at 170 pounds.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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