Twins Keegan and Zachary Moore of Putnam City picked up two wins on Friday to advance to the state finals in Class 6A, but did so in very different fashion.
Keegan defeated Broken Arrow’s Zack Edwards, 4-3 in overtime at 132 pounds, in one of the most dramatic semifinal matches of the night.
Moments later, on the same mat, Zachary was awarded a win at 138 pounds after an illegal slam by Broken Arrow’s Shea Conley left him too injured to continue wrestling.
“In my match, I felt like I should’ve pushed the pace more,” Keegan said. “It wasn’t what I was looking for, but I’m happy to be going back to the finals.”
Keegan, a state champion last season, said the two have been focusing all season on winning state titles together. However, with what was initially believed to be a concussion, Zachary’s status for Saturday night’s state finals is up in the air.
“We’ve been focusing on getting this done at back-to-back weights together,” Keegan said. “And then to see him get hurt was tough. We’re both in the finals, but I’m definitely not as excited as I should be because I don’t know if he can wrestle tomorrow. I’m feeling his pain, too.”
HERITAGE HALL’S GFELLER STAYS UNBEATEN
Heritage Hall’s Kaden Gfeller advanced to the Class 3A finals at 106 pounds in impressive fashion.
The freshman earned a pin in the first round over Blackwell’s Stetson Baker and a 15-3 major decision over Brian Brown of Newkirk in the semifinals.
“I felt really good today,” Gfeller said. “I had to focus on keeping my weight down a little bit since I’ve still got to make weight tomorrow, but overall I felt great.”
Gfeller improved his record to 27-0 and will face Perry’s Cale Betchan in the finals on Saturday night.
“My goal the whole year has been to just win state and now I’m right there,” Gfeller said. “But if I can finish it off being undefeated as well, that’d be great. I feel good about the matchup I have tomorrow.”