In the much-anticipated Class 6A team competition, Stillwater prevailed over contenders Edmond North and Broken Arrow behind the strength of its five champions.
Leading the way for the Pioneers was senior Chandler Rogers at 170 pounds. None of Rogers’ three opponents made it out of the first period, and he claimed his fourth state title with a pin over Taylor Wattenbarger of Lawton in the finals. His previous three championships came while in Spokane, Wash.
“It was definitely a good experience for me to come here this year and get some great competition,” said Rogers, who has signed with OSU. “I would’ve been the first four-time champion ever in 4A back in Washington, so I had to sacrifice that, but it was worth it.”
Other champions for Stillwater were Andrew Nieman (106 pounds), Kaid Brock (132 pounds), Tristan Moran (138 pounds), and Joe Smith (145 pounds). Jordan Dieringer (182 pounds) was second.
Winning their first title since 1970, the Pioneers finished with 144 points.
Broken Arrow, which had defeated Stillwater in the dual state finals two weeks earlier, finished third with 104 points.
“We just changed our mindset after dual state,” Smith said. “We realized we could be beat if we didn’t stay focused on what we need to do and we started getting after it.”
DIXON TRIPLETS ALL WIN TITLES AS EDMOND NORTH TAKES SECOND
Edmond North was second in Class 6A with 122 points and four champions.
Winning titles for the Huskies were the Dixon triplets — Joel (182 pounds), Lance (195 pounds), and Andrew (285 pounds) — and Derek White (195 pounds).
LEWALLEN WINS BATTLE OF STATE CHAMPIONS
After advancing to the state finals at 126 pounds in Class 6A with two overtime wins on Friday, Yukon’s Boo Lewallen left was determined to put things away earlier in Saturday’s championship match.
He did just that, going on the offensive to get a 9-4 win over Broken Arrow’s Davion Jefferies and earn back-to-back state titles.
“Yesterday, I didn’t really get to my offense like I wanted to, but I got to it today and things started rolling for me,” said Lewallen, who was named Outstanding Wrestler in Class 6A.
Lewallen dominated the match on his feet, scoring two takedowns in the first period and two more over the final two periods. Jefferies, who was a state champion last season, only scored via escape.
“It feels great to be a two-time champion,” Lewallen said. “Now, I’ll get back to work in the room for some national tournaments this summer and start getting ready to get another (state title) next year.”
GFELLER FINISHES UNDEFEATED SEASON
Standing atop the podium with the gold medal around his neck, Heritage Hall freshman Kaden Gfeller heard the announcement over the State Fair Arena speakers.
“He could be on his way to being a four-time state champion,” the announcer said.
Gfeller finished his 28-0 freshman season with a Class 3A state championship at 106 pounds, scoring a 27-12 technical fall over Perry’s Cale Betchan. And the thought of trying to win three more didn’t seem to bother him at all.