After Friday’s 224 wrestling matches were complete inside the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City the Altus Bulldogs have some work to do to gain the state team championship.
MacArthur is in first place with 84 points to lead. Coweta is in second place with 80 points.
Altus has 62.5 points and Del City has 61 points.
Collinsville, the five-time defending state champions, are currently in fifth position after Friday’s match action.
Gage Gomez, Montorie Bridges and Taven Birdow remain unscathed in their matches as they prepare for their destined date with glory. They have reached Saturday night’s finals which were to begin at 5:15 p.m. Taven’s match in the first round was highly anticipated by fans, media, coaches and by the outcome of the match, it looks like Taven was eager for it as well. Two weeks ago at Duel State competition, Taven was disqualified for… Well, wrestling as it turned out. Taven got a hold of one of the Coweta kid’s legs and as they were spinning in tandem. Taven managed to get his opponent in the air. When the two returned back down to the mat, Taven was in the dominant position and Clemmons was claiming injury. If it’s decided that you are too rough, you can be disqualified. If a kid is unable to continue because of an injury received due to rough wrestling, it serves as more evidence for officials to eject you.
Clemmons as it turned out was not as injured as first pretended. He wrestled and won by technical fall in the finals vs. Collinsville a little over an hour later.
This made for a very intense remainder of duels. Coweta used the point turn around to claim victory over Altus and then unseated defending champion Collinsville to win duel state.
It’s easy to see why everyone was looking toward this match. Everyone except Clemmons. Taven made short work of him as he squeezed a changed color on Clemmons face. Taven got the fall as Clemmons tapped out.
Omar Pollard and Shannon Ybarra came back with wins in the consolation semi-finals after losing their first round matches. They are joined by Mikey Abuan and Kamron Canchola, Austin Baldwin and Keegan Pride after they dropped their second round matches during semi final matches on Friday.
Mat action was to begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the finals being this evening at 5:15 p.m.
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Reach Brad Gilbert at 580-482-1221 ext. 2076