Parents, Boosters, and Supporters,
Tuesday was another successful day of wrestling for the Pioneers. We traveled to Blackwell, for a good old fashion Big 4 showdown. The Pioneers, #2 in 6A, vs the 3A #2, Marrons. We had seen some of the Blackwell wrestlers, at the Perry Tournament, but wrestling them on their home floor, is usually a different ball game. In the end, the Pioneers came up with another hard fought, decisive, victory, 53-6, loosing only two matches on the night.
We started of the night with a double forfeit, at 106, with both squads bumping around their line ups, to adjust for injuries. At 112, Tyler Dieringer suffered a close loss, to a Maroon that he had defeated, at 106, in the Perry Tournament. Tyler showed that he is a bit small for the 112 lb class, but wrestled hard. Andrew Nieman got the Technical Fall, at 120, and Jacob Fontanez got the victory, at 126. Benny Teegarden kept his undefeated season in check, with a good win over Paden Day, at 132. The 138 and 145 lb weight classes were open for the Maroons, giving both Kaid Brock and Tristan Moran wins, keeping them undefeated on the year. At 152 Joe Smith got another workmanlike win, with a Technical Fall, 22-7. Then came one of the two match ups that we were waiting for. At 160 Pete Pickens faced Brian Moran, who had beaten Pete last Friday night. Pete was able to avenge that loss, with a 6-1 win, showing that hard work and determination pay dividends. Chandler Rogers made quick work of his opponent, getting the first period fall, putting the dual score out of reach. Jordan Dieringer had been defeated, by his 182 lb opponent, in the finals of the Perry Tournament, and had a score to settle. Settle the score he did, with a third period fall, over one of Blackwell’s best wrestlers. CJ Citizen followed, with a fall at 195 lbs, and Cyntrell Carden got back on the winning track, with a decision, at 220 lbs. In, once again, one of the most exciting matches of the night, James Brower was to wrestle Blackwell’s returning 3A State Champion, in Tanner Allen. The score was tied, all the way to the ultimate tie breaker, after three overtime sessions. James gave up an escape, with seconds left, to loose, in an awesome effort.
The win runs the Pioneer’s dual record to 7-0. On returning from the winter break, we will face our stiffest dual competition of the year, when we meet Sand Springs, with the winner being the odds on favorite to win the district, and a trip to Dual State. This weekend we will travel to Kansas City, to wrestle in the Kansas City Stampede, with teams from all over the central region of the US. Thanks to all that traveled to Blackwell, we hope you enjoyed our effort. Hope to see you all around the mat soon!