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WRESTLING: Chickasha battles at dual state

Feb. 12—ENID — Chickasha wrestling battled until the very end.

Competing at Class 5A dual state after advancing to the 4A semifinals a season ago, the Fightin' Chicks gave it their all in Enid on Saturday. Chickasha once again advanced to the semifinals, only losing to the state champion for the second season in a row.

Chickasha opened its run through the tournament with a 49-27 victory over Lawton MacArthur and then battled Elgin in a dual that came down to the final match. Chickasha suffered a 38-31 loss to the Owls, but the Fightin' Chicks managed to battle Elgin closer than any other team the Owls faced in the tournament.

Unbeaten wrestlers

A few Chickasha wrestlers went through the two duals without losing a match, either by wrestling an opponent or picking up a win by forfeit. Multiple wrestlers even wrestled in different weight classes during the event.

Tyren Alexander was one wrestler who wrestled in different weight classes and went unbeaten. He earned a pin against MacArthur at 165 pounds and a decision against Elgin at 175 pounds. Jarrett Patty also wrestled in a pair of weight classes and picked up pins at 120 pounds (MacArthur) and 113 pounds (Elgin).

Cole Beier wrestled an opponent in different classes and earned a major decision against MacArthur at 157 pounds before earning a decision at 150 pounds against Elgin. Dylan Bratt picked up a pair of wins at 138 pounds, earning a decision against MacArthur and a major decision against Elgin.

Saturday was a good day for the Longanacres at 126 and 132 pounds. Clint Longanacre (126) and Colby Longanacre (132) both finished the day with two pins for Chickasha, helping the team earn six team points with each pin they got.

After picking up a win via forfeit against MacArthur, Canaan Brummett earned a win via decision against Elgin at 106 pounds. Egan Ladd picked up a win via forfeit against MacArthur.

Chickasha vs. Elgin

Chickasha and Elgin was a battle throughout the dual and lived up to the hype that came with two of the top teams in Class 5A battling for a spot in the championship dual. Chickasha led Elgin by five heading to the final two weight classes, and Elgin only led by one entering the final match before securing the win with a pin.

Alexander got Chickasha off to a solid start, giving his team a 3-0 lead with the victory via decision. And the back-and-forth dual was on.

Elgin won the following three matches and went ahead 17-3 before Brummett and Patty earned wins at 106 and 113 pounds. Brummett and Patty's wins totaled nine points to get Chickasha within five before Elgin went up 11 after a win at 120 pounds.

And then momentum went back to the Fightin' Chicks.

Chickasha won the next three matches and took the lead in the dual. Pins from the Longanacres and a major decision from Bratt resulted in 16 points and a 28-23 Chickasha lead.

Chickasha led 31-26 after Beier's win via decision, but Elgin earned pins in the final two matches to secure the win.

Chickasha's loss of seven points was Elgin's closest margin of victory in the tournament. Elgin defeated both Guthrie and Coweta by 10 points.

Chickasha vs. MacArthur

As he did against Elgin in the semifinals, Alexander also got Chickasha off to a strong start against MacArthur. He earned the pin to put Chickasha ahead 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

MacArthur managed to win four matches in a row after going down 6-0 to take a 21-6 lead over Chickasha. But the forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds gave Chickasha 12 free points and started a run that doomed MacArthur.

The Highlanders only won one more match after winning four matches in a row.

The back-to-back forfeits led to back-to-back-to-back pins from Patty, Clint Longanacre and Colby Longanacre and a decision from Bratt. That run of matches gave Chickasha a 39-21 lead before MacArthur secured one final victory.

With Chickasha leading 39-27, Cooper Brumley secured a pin at 150 pounds. Beier finished the match with the major decision.

Next up

A successful dual season might be over for Chickasha, but wrestling is still going. Chickasha has a Class 5A regional tournament later this week, and the state tournament is next week.