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Graves leads Guthrie with fourth place finish at state

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At the state tournament seeding matters and that was ever apparent for the Guthrie BlueJays over the weekend. All four of the Guthrie state qualifiers fell to the eventual state champion in their weight class and three of the four fell to the eventual third place finishers.

Caleb Nelson faced McAlester's Hunter Smith in the first round of the 120 division. Smith pinned Nelson in the second period as he went on to win three straight for the title. Nelson fell to the back half of the bracket where he faced Pryor's Von Gray. Gray pinned Nelson in the first period to end his season in the second round. Gray went on to capture third place over MacArthur's Quinton Smith.

Kurgan Cornwell faced Glenpool's Garret Wild in the opening round of the 132 weight class. Wild escaped with a 5-1 decision over Cornwell en route to a state championship run. Cornwell fell to the back half of the bracket where he defeated Piedmont's Mitchell Lance in the first sudden victory period. In the consolation semifinals, Cornwell aced top-seeded David Hunter from Duncan. Cornwell ended up having to discontinue due to injury allowing Hunter to advance to the consolation finals where he defeated Coweta's Ricky Tuner for third place.

Colby Graves fell to eventual state champion Elijah Tanner from Collinsville.

Graves was able to advance to the consolation finals after picking up a forfeit and a disqualification in the next two rounds. In the consolation finals, Piedmont's Fisher Johnson escaped with a sudden victory to give Graves a fourth place finish.

Dane Jenkins pinned Coweta's Cole Clemons in the first round and was the only BlueJay to see the winners side of the bracket. Unfortunately Jenkins ran into Bishop Kelley's Matt Smith who picked up a 5-2 decision to advance to the 220 state championship where he defeated Piedmont's Josh Heindselman. In the consolation semifinals, Jenkins fell in a 5-3 decision to Skiatook's Korbin McLaughlin who eventually fell to Josue Arroyo out of Altus in the finals.

"Most of the matches we were in them," Guthrie Head Coach Justin Stevenson said. "We didn't help ourselves at regionals to get all the number ones off the bat at state. We were in all the matches, I'd like to see us wrestle some of those guys again and see what happens.

"Overall it was a good season for us. We competed in every match and that was my goal this year."

The BlueJays will return three of the four state qualifiers next season. With the overall numbers improving, the possibilities next season are promising.

"The potential for next year is high," Stevenson said. "This junior group has a lot of solid guys. We have three of the four qualifiers back and that'll be good for us. I'm excited for the guys to get bigger and stronger and come back next year."

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