Broken Arrow pins Sapulpa
BY MIKE MOGUIN World Correspondent
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1/26/13 at 6:05 AM
BROKEN ARROW - Top-ranked Broken Arrow got five pins, two decisions and a major decision to beat Sapulpa, 40-31, in a Class 6A Top 5 battle Friday night at the Tigers' gym.
With the dual starting off at 145 pounds, the Tigers led off with back-to-back pins by brothers Tanner and Paden Bailey (152). They would also get falls from Brock Warren (182), Carlos Taylor (285) and Marcus Simmons (120).
The Chieftains, ranked No. 5, got their pins from Kristian Mendez (170), Rex Lynch (220), Gage Martin (113) and Shae Conley (138).
"We were sharper tonight," Broken Arrow coach Shawn Jones said. "Sapulpa did a good job at some of the weights. They pinned us and it kept them in the dual and gave them an opportunity. But in every match we won, I thought every one of those kids looked sharp."
Broken Arrow was up 15-0 after the first three matches.
Tanner Bailey applied an early takedown on Aaron Avra and got a pair of near falls en route to an 11-0 advantage before getting the pin at the 3:51 mark. Paden Bailey downed Jesse Wood fast at 31 seconds into the 152-pound match and at 160, Josh Foshee won an 8-3 decision against Bob Daniels.
The Chieftains got their first points when Mendez forced a fall to Steven Allen, bringing the dual score to 15-6.
Sapulpa's next pin came at 220 from Lynch, who had to overcome some early struggles against Tonio Tolon. Tolon got the initial takedown, but Lynch bounced back and make the pin with 19 ticks left in the second period. That brought the score to 24-12.
At 285, Taylor, ranked No. 1 in his weight class, would get a takedown on Bull Durham and work him on the edge of the mat, eventually pinning him at 1:36. That allowed Broken Arrow to up its lead to 30-12.
"We expect Tanner Bailey to pin someone. We expect Paden Bailey to pin someone," Shawn Jones said. "We expect Carlos Taylor to do that. He is the No. 1 heavyweight in the state. Championship teams do that."
The Chieftains picked up more wins down the stretch in the lighter weights., but the Tigers had the overall dual clinched.
"They're the No. 1 team in the state for a reason," Sapulpa coach Biff Jones said of Broken Arrow. Biff is the younger brother of Tigers' coach Shawn Jones.
Eston Jones got the best of a battle of escapes for the visitors, leading up to a 6-4 win against Damon Hall at 106.
The dual closed at 138, where Shae Conley shot out to 8-0 advantage that included a pair of near falls, before getting an actual fall at 3:09.
"He is a returning state runner-up," Biff Jones said of Conley. "He just wants to go do that every time he wrestles and that's his goal. He's a good leader, works hard and is disciplined kid. We're lucky to have him."
Broken Arrow 40, Sapulpa 31
145: T. Bailey (BA) p. Avra, 3:51. 152: P. Bailey (BA) p. Wood, :31. 160: Foshee (BA) d. Daniels, 8-3. 170: Mendez (S) p. Allen, 1:31. 182: Warren (BA) p. Er. Jones, :31. 195: Vaverka (BA) d. Busby, 6-3. 220: Lynch (S) p. Tolon, 3:41. 285: Taylor (BA) p. Durham, 1:36. 106: Es. Jones (S) d. Hail, 6-4. 113: Martin (S) p. Valentin, 5:12. 120: Simmons (BA) p. Wallace, 1:22. 126: Jones (S) m. d. Hail, 8-0. 132: Edwards (BA) m.d. Peper, 9-0. 138: Conley (S) p. Fulps, 3:09.
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