State wrestling tournament: Yukon's Boo Lewallen pulls off two overtime wins to advance to finals

It wasn’t easy, but Lewallen punched his ticket to the finals once again on Friday with overtime wins over Stillwater’s Benny Teagarden and Sand Springs’ Cody Karstetter.
Oklahoman Published: February 28, 2014
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photo - Yukon's Boo Lewallen wrestles Sand Spring's Cody Karstetter in a semifinal 126 pound match in the Class 6A state wrestling tournament at Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb., 28, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Yukon's Boo Lewallen wrestles Sand Spring's Cody Karstetter in a semifinal 126 pound match in the Class 6A state wrestling tournament at Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb., 28, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Yukon junior Boo Lewallen entered his third state wrestling tournament with a wealth of experience on the big stage.

Lewallen had already been to the Class 6A state finals twice, winning a title last season.

But even after compiling a 31-2 record and winning the regional championship at 126 pounds last week, a repeat trip was far from a guarantee.

His first-round opponent, Stillwater’s Benny Teagarden had pinned Lewallen earlier this season, and six of the seven other wrestlers in the bracket were also previous state qualifiers.

It wasn’t easy, but Lewallen punched his ticket to the finals once again on Friday with overtime wins over Teagarden and Sand Springs’ Cody Karstetter.

“I don’t know that I expected to have to pull two off in overtime, but I knew it would be tough,” Lewallen said. “(Teagarden) has beaten (me) before when I’ve been winning and he’s come back to pin me, and it’s always tough with (Karstetter). It was just about finding a way to get it done for me.”

Lewallen’s 10-8 victory over Teagarden came on takedown in sudden victory. In his semifinal win, Lewallen used an escape to take a 2-1 lead in overtime and then rode-out Karstetter in the final 30-second overtime period to earn the win.

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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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