Parents, Boosters, Supporters,
We have had a successful three days of wrestling, this past week. On Thursday, the Pioneers defeated Sapulpa, the team that had kept us out of the Dual State Tournament the past two years, 70-3. The home opener was an exciting display of the potential of this team, in dual competition. In the only loss of the night, Pete Pickens battled in a close, two point, match with returning State Qualifier, Bobby Daniels. Pete came up one takedown short, but had the Chieftain on the ropes in the end, and he knew he had gotten away with one. Pete really showed his Pioneer pride! Other Pioneers that wrestled that night were Tyler Dieringer, Andrew Nieman, Jacob Fontanez, Benny Teegarden, Kaid Brock, Alex Biggs, Tristan Moran, Joe Smith, Chandler Rogers, Jordan Dieringer, CJ Citizen, Cyntrell Carden, and James Brower.
On Friday, the team traveled to Perry to open competition in the Perry Tournament of Champions. The always tough tournament was made even tougher, with the addition of Sand Springs and Tulsa Union, both top ten 6A teams. Other 6A top teams included Muskogee, Yukon, and Choctaw. At the end of day one, the squad had managed to put itself into second place, 3 points behind host Perry, and having advanced nine wrestlers into the Semi-finals, and having two others still alive in consolations.
In Saturday morning’s Semi-Final round, the Pioneers pushed six wrestlers into the Finals. The finalists were Benny Teegarden, Kaid Brock, Tristan Moran, Joe Smith, Chandler Rogers, and Jordan Dieringer. Tyler Dieringer lost a tough, 6-2, match, to the eventual champion, Andrew Nieman was defeated by, last years State Placer Garrett Rowe, and Chase Lane lost a close, 6-5 match, to eventual champion Parker Bohannon, of Yukon. In the consolations, Tyler and Andrew won, joining Jacob Fontanez and CJ Citizen in the 3rd place matches. After suffering an injury in the quarter final match, Chase Lane fell in his next two matches, ending up placing sixth, at a very tough, 145lb, weight class. In the Final session of the tournament, the Pioneers had the tournament all but locked up, with only Perry having a slight chance to catch them. Tyler Dieringer, Andrew Nieman, and Jacob Fontanez all won their consolation final matches, earning 3rd place medals. CJ Citizen fell to a Midwest City wrestler, and finished in 4th. This set up some of the most exciting Finals action in the TOC in years.
Our first finalist, Benny Teegarden, had a tough road ahead, facing returning State Champion, and number one ranked, Boo Lewallen, of Yukon. For the first two and a half periods, Benny seemed a little overwhelmed, but hung in and kept wrestling, giving himself an oppotunity to win in the end. With about 30 seconds remaining, Benny defended Boo’s takedown attempt, turning it into a takedown of his own and putting the favorite on his back. Benny got the fall, and the Championship. At 132 lbs, Kaid Brock faced Cody Karstetter, of Sand Springs. The 132 lb class was loaded, with three State Champions and several State Placers. Kaid had earlier defeated State Champion Luke Wolfenberger, of Tulsa Union. In a back and forth match, Kaid beat Karstetter, for his third straight TOC Championship. In the 138 lb finals, Tristan Moran had a workmanlike match going on for a period and a half, and then turned up the heat, and pinned his opponent, from Chanute, KS, winning his first tournament, as a Pioneer. Joe Smith remained undefeated, beating Colton Looper, of Perry, in a dominate performance, winning his second TOC, and keeping his plan, to regain his State title, alive. The 170 lb match pitted two future Oklahoma State wrestlers against each other. Jacobe Smith, of Muskogee, was a returning State Finalist, facing our Chandler Rogers. In a well wrestled match, Chandler rose the the occasion, defeating Smith 9-6. At 182, Jordan Dieringer lost a tough match to Sam Schuerman, of Blackwell. Jordan never really got going on his feet, and gave up two takedowns, and going down 5-2, in an evenly contested match. Jordan may have an opportunity to avenge that loss, this Tuesday, when we travel to Blackwell.
When the tournament ended, The Pioneer wrestlers had accumulated 262.5 points, defeating runner up Perry, by 37 points. Sand Springs was a distant third. The Staff is extremely proud of the effort of the team this weekend, and we see a lot of strengths to build on for the future. The tournament win was Stillwater’s first, in the long history of Perry Tournament of Champions, and, hopefully, the first of many this year. Thanks to all who made it over to Perry, we appreciate all of your support. We hope to see all of you around the mat soon!
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