Stillwater wrestling beats Ponca City on Senior Night

Jan. 30—The No. 3-ranked Stillwater wrestling team picked up a 59-12 victory against Ponca City Tuesday in Pioneer Field House.

Ponca City built a 12-8 lead through the first five matches, but Stillwater quickly gained an insurmountable lead to pick up its 13th dual victory.

JJ McComas got the ball rolling with a 23-8 major decision over Braden Perciful in the 138-pound match. McComas was the 2020-21 state champion and the 2021-22 and 2022-23 state runner-up.

Reflecting on his last home dual, he said it meant a lot to be in a great wrestling town and to have support from the crowd.

"Coming here as an eighth grader and stepping in as a freshman, I wanted to go and be the best Stillwater wrestler there is," McComas said. "Coming after Cael Hughes and looking up to Chris Perry and Doug Chesbro, it's just amazing to know that I'm around such a great wrestling culture with Oklahoma State right up the road."

Sebastian Schlegel didn't get to wrestle because of a forfeit in the 150-pound match.

At 157, Landyn Sommer pinned his opponent, Anderson Bivins. He was the 2022-23 state champion, a state placer in 2021-22 and the 2023 IronMan Champion at 157 pounds.

He said the Senior Night festivities and match meant everything to him.

"Growing up and watching all of the seniors that are role models to me, it's a part of my life that I've always wanted to do," Sommer said. "I've always wanted to go to the next level, so it's a stepping stone."

Junior LaDarion Lockett pinned Lance Arbona in 15 seconds, and JaKoby Petree pinned Jaxon Goddard in 52 seconds.

Senior Parker Brown won his match by pin, as well, and Noah Perkins won a 16-1 major decision. Brown was a 6A state qualifier in 2023.

Coach Ethan Kyle said Senior Night is always a special time.

"Sometimes you overlook it because it's another competition and that's what we've preached," Kyle said. "You think back on all the amount of time and energy and work and struggle that goes into it. It tells a really great story, and it's nice to see these guys do what they love to do one more time."

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Of all the matches featuring dominant upperclassmen, the most exciting Stillwater win of the night was by a 10th grader.

Julio Aguirre took some time to find his groove in the Pioneers' lineup, but Kyle said he's coming into his own.

Aguirre took down Cameron Kiser in the ultimate tiebreaker when it looked like he might lose earlier in the match.

"Just a tough kid, he made an adjustment in the match that might have saved him," Kyle said. "A month ago, he might get ridden out and lose 1-0, so he's developing really well."