Silver Lining

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Silver Lining

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 04:39
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The Guthrie Bluejays wrestling team went to the Class 5A state wrestling championships this past weekend with five qualifiers and one qualifier in the girl’s bracket. Guthrie came home with three second-place finishers and a fifth-place finisher and a tie for ninth place in the team standings with 35 points. Collinsville and Skiatook ran away from the rest of the field with 156 and 129 points respectively to claim the top two spots.

“I thought this season was a great success, we came out this season with a young team and made a name for ourselves. With us mainly being freshmen and sophomores this season, the future is definitely bright. I’m super proud of our placers, Eli Kirk made some huge leaps this year, he’s arguably our best wrestler on top and that definitely helped him get into the finals. Coal Madison is just a force to be reckoned with, and a fierce competitor. Khaleah Kirk is the toughest girl I have ever come across, she worked harder than anyone and every girl is going to have to look out for her. I’m super proud of this team and we’ll be hunting for state titles next year,” said firstyear head coach Jadon Davenport.

Eli Kirk finished the year at 25-8 and went 2-1 in Oklahoma City winning his first two matches with falls in 4:25 and 3:28. In the finals, Kirk faced off with Brody Gee (30-4) from Skiatook and lost a tight 5-4 decision to the #1 seed out of the East regional. This should be a battle again in the future as Gee is only a sophomore and with Kirk being a freshman, future battles are in sight.

Madison (33-9) faced off with Piedmont’s Austin Cooley (40-3) in the finals and unlike the regional finals, this match went into the third period before the Piedmont senior got the fall at the 4:38 mark to claim the title. Madison advanced to the finals with a 12-1 decision in the first round and a 7-4 decision over Cade Ward of Glenpool, the #1 seed out of the East regional, in the semifinals. This weight will be a wide-open weight class in 2021 as five of the eight qualifiers were seniors this year and the other two were juniors.

Dean Madison (28-11) finished in fifth place at 138 pounds. The Guthrie junior will go for his fourth state tournament next year. Madison won his opening match over Kolby Encinas of Pryor 6-2 Friday morning before falling to Drake Acklin of Collinsville by fall in the semi-finals Friday night. Madison then lost to Blayton Montgomery of Duncan, the #1 seed from the west regional who was upset in the first round on Friday on Saturday to finish his season.

Khaleah Kirk (20-3) won three matches on Friday to advance to the finals. On Saturday Alison Hynes of Broken Arrow got the win with a fall at the 4:57 mark in the match. This was the first year for the girls at the state tournament and there were no team scores kept. Schools could enter one student-athlete in a weight class. Look for this category to grow in the future. Hynes was a junior and Kirk was a freshman in a weight class that had 17 participants entered with only three seniors in the group.

Guthrie also had Braden Hall entered at 120 pounds, but Hall lost both his matches on Friday and was eliminated. The Bluejays freshman finished the year at 28-15.

Sam Wilhelm (*285 pounds) also was in the tournament but was eliminated in the wrestle-offs on Friday morning losing to Nathan Easky of Skiatook in that match. This weight class will be loaded in years to come as there were only four seniors in the tournament.

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers that earned trips to Oklahoma City this year.