As a freshman in 2009, Ardmore’s Evan McGee watched then-senior Michael Reed win the Class 5A heavyweight title.


As a freshman in 2009, Ardmore’s Evan McGee watched then-senior Michael Reed win the Class 5A heavyweight title.

McGee matched his predecessor on Saturday.

The junior edged favorite Kyle Farley of Chickasha in a 2-1 overtime decision to win the 285-pound crown at the OSSAA State Championships at State Fairgrounds Arena. By the time McGee took the mat late into a day full of finals, Ardmore was well out of the running for the team title. But the Tigers had their hopes behind their preseason favorite for individual glory.

He delivered. In the second meeting between Farley and McGee this season, McGee swept the series 2-0.

After a scoreless first period, McGee went ahead on an escape in the second. Farley countered with an escape in the third to send the match to extra time. McGee scored an escape with 10 seconds remaining in the third OT period to win.

Tabbed as a No. 4 seed out of the west, despite entering the tournament with only two losses, McGee won by fall in each of his first two matches to set up the rematch with Farley in the final. McGee finished the season 39-2.

McGee duplicated Ardmore’s last state championship feat in wrestling. Reed won the 285-pound division in 2009 as a senior, and served as an Ardmore coach and training partner for McGee throughout the season.

“Michael’s been Evan’s mentor probably since the beginning of time,” Dabbs said. “Even thought they’re three years apart, they grew up going to little league tournaments together. It definitely helped still having Michael around.”

Ardmore placed 11th, with Collinsville edging Deer Creek for the 5A title 86.5-82. The Tigers sent six wrestlers to the state tournament, with four making it to the second day.

“As a team I thought we wrestled well,” Dabbs said. “Oscar Balderrama (103 pounds) probably wrestled as well as he could; it may have been his best tournament. We just couldn’t catch a break. If we get two breaks anywhere in the whole tournament, if Oscar and Jimmy (Langford) get a call here or there, we’re a top 10 team.”

In Class 3A, Plainview’s Cade Wheelwright placed third at 112 pounds. The sophomore went 3-1 over two days, his only loss coming to Josh Ailey of Tonkawa, 9-2. Two of Wheelwright’s wins came via falls and he commanded his consolation final match against Trey Jimenez of Berryhill, 6-3.

After losing to Ailey on Friday, Wheelwright rebounded to pin Sulphur’s Ike Flowers in Saturday’s consolation semifinal.

“I could have wrestled better in some matches but it’s something to build off of for next year,” said Wheelwright.

“A lot of times kids lose on the first day and get their heads down,” Plainview coach Tony Willoughby said. “We’re excited for him. He rebounded in a positive way. He came out and owned the day today and dominated both matches.”

Madill had a runner-up in the 189-pound division in Isaac Green. The senior won two matches on Friday to advance to the final against East No. 1 Logan Byrd of Sallisaw. Byrd won 5-2, ending Madill’s quest for a state champion.

Davis’ Logan Webb and Braden Ruth each went 2-2 for the tournament, as both dropped consolation finals to finish fourth. Webb (171 pounds) ended his senior season 28-4 while Ruth showed promise as a freshman, going 23-5 with only a 3-2 loss to Anthony Lopez of Perry keeping him from the 215-pound final.

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OSSAA State Championships

Class 5A
Ardmore
103 pounds — Oscar Balderrama (25-12): l. to Donald Cannon, McAlester, 4-2; dec. Chris Fairbairn, Carl Albert, 8-2; l. to Andrew Revilla, Altus, 8-3
112 — Jimmy Langford (34-7): dec. Nate Crawford, Durant, 8-3; l. Eli Hale, Miami, 4-2; l. to Mitch Sellers, Tahlequah, 2:13
130 — Timothy Shannon (5-4): l. Zac Dulap, Deer Creek, 3-0; l. Jimmy Roach, Grove, 8-7
140 — Sam Schrader (22-10): l. Tyler Shearer, Bishop Kelly, 2:55; pin John O’Neal, MacArthur, 3:15; l. to Daylan Stuteville, Shawnee, 7-5
145 — Jeremiah Pearce (21-10): l. to Josh Pennington, Collinsville, 8-2; l. to Bryce Armstrong, Grove, 2-0
285 — Evan McGee (39-2), first: pin Josh Friend, Grove, 5:01; pin John Davison, Guthrie, 5:10; dec. Kyle Farley, Chickasha, 2-1, OT

Class 4A
Madill
130 — Levi Shelby (25-10): l. to Tyler Tustin, 6-0; l. to Cole Wheeler, Jay, 1-0
145 — Luke Chapman (25-11): l. maj dec to Aaron Bowline, Locust Grove, 13-0; l. Matt Shepard, Catoosa, 2:26
189 — Isaac Green (22-4), second: dec. Brock Hubble, Cushing, 11-4; dec. Harley Tillerson, Locust Grove, 9-5; l. to Logan Byrd, Sallisaw, 5-2

Class 3A
Davis
171 — Logan Webb (28-4), fourth: l. to Billy Monholland, Vian, 7-2; dec. Dalton Hasselbring, Newkirk, 2-1; maj dec Kyle Alley, Tonkawa, 15-0; l. to Finn Higins, Heritage Hall, 5-4
215 — Braden Ruth (23-5), fourth: dec Edwin Gallardo, Tonkawa, 9-3; l. Anthony Lopez, Perry, 3-2; dec. Tre Locust, Vian, 7-2; l. to Cole Carr, Sperry, 4-1

Plainview
112 — Cade Wheelwright (27-8), third: pin Aaron Black, Salina, 3:26; l. to Josh Ailey, Tonkawa, 9-2; pin Ike Flowers, Sulphur, 1:58; dec. Trey Jimenez, Berryhill, 6-3
140 — Brent Davis (15-10): l. to Beau Shaw, Barnsdal, 1:41; l. to Alex Patterson, Kingfisher, 5-1

Sulphur
112 — Ike Flowers (19-12): l. to Trey Jimenez, Berryhill, 5:19; pin Blake Avery, Perkins-Tryon, 6:20; l. to Cade Wheelwright, Plainview, 3:26