High school wrestling notebook: Broken Arrow defends Geary title
BY JOSH HALEY World Correspondent
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
1/09/13 at 2:43 AM
The 68th annual Geary Invitational finished similarly to the 67th, with state champion Broken Arrow standing alone.
Zack Edwards (132), Tanner Bailey (145), Paden Bailey (152) and Carlos Taylor (285) all earned tournament crowns for the Tigers.
"It was a very competitive tournament, which is typical of Geary," said Broken Arrow head coach Shawn Jones. "Wrestling tough competition is the only way for us to get better."
Brock Warren (182) finished second and Markus Simmons (120) placed third to contribute to Class 6A No. 1 Broken Arrow's win.
Collinsville continues tournament dominance: With an impressive eight wrestlers advancing to championship finals, Class 5A No. 1 Collinsville topped Perry for the second straight year to win the Cushing tournament.
Christian Moody (106), Davion Jeffries (113), Ryan Heiden (126) and Gary Wayne Harding (138) earned wins for the Cardinals.
"Anytime you can put eight wrestlers in the finals, it's a very good thing," said Collinsville head coach Weston Harding. "The tougher the tournament, the better we wrestle."
Will Steltzlen (132), Jake Barton (160), Zach Abkemeier (170) and Kennan Priddy (195) each finished second for Collinsville.
Wagoner takes Inola tournament: Decision victories in the championship finals by Travis Greer (113) and Roman Rodriguez (182) helped Class 4A No. 6 Wagoner cruise to a 40-point victory in last weekend's Inola tournament.
Alex Lockwood (106), Trenton Miller (132), Brad Boswell (145) and Fischer Medlin (160) recorded runner-up finishes, and Derek Marshall (225) placed third to help the Bulldogs' cause.
Local icon honored: Glenpool honored a legend this weekend by hosting the first Leroy Smith junior high dual tournament. The 82-year old Smith helped start the wrestling programs in Glenpool and Bixby and has been coaching for more than 60 years.