Wagoner wrestling team tops host Coweta to win tournament
BY JOSH HALEY World Correspondent
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 6:26 AM
There are many matches that determine the outcome of any wrestling tournament.
For the Wagoner Bulldogs, a few stood out at Saturday night's Coweta Classic tournament.
Victories by Trenton Miller (132), Brad Boswell (145) and Derek Marshall (220) helped the Class 4A No. 8 Bulldogs claim a five-point win over host Coweta.
"Our kids don't care who they wrestle, they just come out and wrestle hard and I'm really proud of them," said Wagoner head coach Micco Charboneau.
Alex Lockwood (106) and Travis Greer (113) contributed runner-up finishes for Wagoner while Roman Rodriguez (182) placed third.
Although many matches remained when Miller's 132-pound final rolled around, the end result for Wagoner proved to be the ultimate difference-maker.
Miller's opponent in the final was Coweta's Chance Craig, who had pinned his first three opponents of the tournament.
Craig took a lead into the final period and held it through the first minute.
"I've been in that position before but this is my 13th year of wrestling and I've learned to stay calm in the third period because anything can still happen," said Miller.
Miller, a sophomore, scored a near-fall to tie the match and then held on to Craig, finally recording the fall with just over 30 seconds remaining.
Coweta's strong finish was led by a victory from Justin Shrum (138) while Dillon McCaleb (120) and Chance Craig (132) finished second. Dillon Prutch (106), Dolan Calico (126) and Sam Dawes (170) all placed third.
Class 5A No. 4 Shawnee finished third, 13 points behind Wagoner.
East Central's Mark Carter (126) was named outstanding wrestler for the lower weight classes while Enid's Zac Overbeck (195) claimed the top honor for the upper weight classes.
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Coweta Classic wrestling notebook
106: Wagoner's Alex Lockwood had an impressive first-round pin and a decision victory before dropping the title match to place second.
113: Skiatook's Ricky Kreige earned three hard-fought decision victories to reach the championship final before his opponent had to forfeit due to injury.
120: Coweta's Dillon McCaleb upset top-seed Michael Smith from Shawnee in the semifinals before dropping a tough championship match to McAlester's Donald Cannon by a 5-2 decision.
126: East Central's Mark Carter won his second straight Coweta Classic in convincing fashion with a pin and three technical falls, including one in the championship final over Pryor's Cody Foos.
132: Coweta's Chance Craig pinned his first three opponents before dropping the championship final to Wagoner's Trenton Miller.
138: Coweta's Justin Shrum outscored his first three opponents 20-4 before pinning Shawnee's Clayton Stafford in the championship final.
145: Wagoner's Brad Boswell upset top-seeded Corey Todd from Shawnee with a close 9-7 decision in the championship final.
152: Bartlesville's Michael Hamilton cruised through his first three matches before defeating Sperry's John Gruenwald 13-7 in the championship final.
160: Claremore's Brycen Short upset top-seeded Daylan Stuteville of Shawnee in the semifinal round before topping Bartlesville's Kyle McKinney 3-1 in the championship final.
170: Bartlesville's Slade Nordic cruised through his first three matches with pins before posting an 18-3 victory over Shawnee's Thomas Shepard in the championship final.
182: After a narrow one-point loss in the semifinals, Wagoner's Roman Rodriguez bounced back to claim third place with a major-decision victory in the consolation final.
195: Skiatook's Mitch Ray shook off a semifinal loss to pin his final two opponents and finish third.
220: East Central's Josh Herman was tough in the clutch, winning his final two matches by two points each to claim third.
285: Inola's Mikey McCause made quick work of his first two opponents with first-round falls before dropping a decision in the championship final to finish second.
Coweta's Dillon McAleb (left) wrestles McAlester's Donald Cannon during the 120-pound championship match at the Coweta Invitational wrestling finals on Saturday. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World