Parents, Boosters, and Pioneer Supporters,
The SHS Wrestlers began their New Year of wrestling with two big dual wins on Tuesday. We started the night with a district dual with Tulsa Washington. the Hornets were a young, inexperienced, team giving several of the Pioneers that usually see varsity action, the opportunity to compete in front of the home crowd. The team put together a 69-6 victory, losing only two matches in the dual. The match was highlighted by a falls, from Pioneer Sophomore Joseph Magnus, and Junior Logan Anderson.
In the, well anticipated, main event, the Pioneers faced off against old foe Sand Springs. The Sandites boasted an undefeated, #4 ranked, season coming in to the evening. The home team jumped out to an early lead, with a win, by Andrew Nieman, in his first competition of the season, at 106. Tyler Dieringer then fought hard to hold off Sand Springs standout Freshman Daton Fix. Tyler lost by a major decision, giving the visitors the lead. That was the last lead that the Sandites would have. At 120 and 126, we pulled off defeats, against wrestlers that had beaten our men earlier in the year. Jacob Fontanez and Benny Teegarden impressed the crowd, with exciting hard fought victories. At 132, Kaid Brock continued to display his dominance over the weight class. Kaid won by a fall, ini the second period, over last years State Placer Ethan Wicker. Chase Lane had an opportunity to wrestle at his more comfortable weight class, in a major decision win, at 138. Tristan Moran bumped back up to 145, and scored a fall. Joe Smith continued his undefeated season, with a technical fall, at 152. In a match against one of their best, Pete Pickens was able to take Lane Lettich, of sand Springs, in to the third period, where he showed a ton of courage, only giving up a major decision. Chandler Rogers had already beaten the Sand Springs 170 lb wrestler, and they chose not to put Trace Fleichman through a major defeat again. The Sandites forfeited to the Pioneer Senior. At 182, the visitors put out Payden Ayers, one of their most successful wrestlers from the previous year. The Pioneers answered with Junior Jordan Dieringer who put an impressive match together, eventually putting Ayers away, by injury default. Cyntrell Carden put together one of his best efforts, in a triple overtime loss to Kyler Childers, one of the best 220 lb wrestlers in the State. Cyntrell really showed his Pioneer Pride, in taking the Sandite the distance. James Brower gave the home crowd another exciting ending. After regulation, the score was tied with the sand Springs heavyweight and in overtime, James wscored a takedown, winning his match and putting an exclamation point on the Pioneer victory. The home team came away with a 45-14 win, giving them the upper hand in the district, with a dual against Ponca City being the last obstacle between them and qualifying for the Dual State tournament.
It was a long night of wrestling, and it had a really positive outcome for the Pioneer team. The crowd was awesome, showing that the team has some real support. They appreciate everyone who made it out, and would love to see everyone again, on Thursday night, when the Enid Plainsmen come to town. Thank you for all that you do for our boys! Hope to see you all around the mat.