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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Davis, Sulphur qualify two each, Ardmore sending freshman

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  • Plainview led all area teams on Saturday in regional competition, sending seven wrestlers to the state tournament after a successful run in Class 3A.
    Landon Good led the way for the Indians, entering as the No. 4 seed and coming home as a regional champion at 170 pounds. He was one of four finalists for Plainview, including Stephen West (120), Cade Wheelwright (132) and Drake Martel (160). Zac Atencio (106), Cameron Hanan (182) and Dorian Fagan (220) each qualified for consolation finals matches, ensuring their state place.
    West, Wheelwright and Martel each placed second, and Atencio and Fagan were fourth. Hanan won his consolation final at 182 with a fall over Little Axe to take third place.
    Perry won the team title (271 points), with Plainview a distant second at 203 points. Twelve Plainview wrestlers placed in the top six in their weight classes, completing the school's best ever finish in a regional tournament.
    "We didn't wrestle as good as we should have, but we still wrestled well," Rocky Atencio said. "We didn't do bad, we placed 12.
    "As a team we wrestled well. I wish we were a little more mentally tough. We're not where we need to be. but we're definitely headed in the right direction."
    Also in Class 3A, Sulphur will send two wrestlers to the state tournament this week — one familiar with the State Fair Grounds and a first-timer.
    Two-time state qualifier Ike Flowers placed fourth at 120 pounds and Wyatt Jones was second at 220.
    "Both got pinned by tough kids, but we wrestled well though," Sulphur coach Drew Swartz said.
    Flowers, a senior, is going to his third state tournament. Saturday's regional was his first tournament back in a month as he recovered from stitches above his eye.
    Jones, a junior, wrestled at 182 all year, but made the bump up to 220 this week for regionals.
    "We just wanted to get him qualified, for him to get work another week," Swartz said of Flowers. "And it's good for Wyatt Jones to get in. He's a good worker."
    Davis will return its same two-man state tournament tandem from last season. Hunter White (152) and Braden Ruth (285) each qualified for state.
    Ruth won his finals match against Tanner Allen of Blackwell 3-1, while White placed fourth at 152 pounds. Hunter Jones placed fifth at 220 pounds and will be an alternate.
    Davis coach Sherrill Neal said Ruth, who qualified for his third state tournament in three years, was never in danger in his finals match, getting out to a 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period. Jones pinned his opponent from Pauls Valley in the fifth-place match.
    "I was real pleased with how they competed," Neal said.
    Class 4A-5A
    At the Class 4A regional in Weatherford, Madill qualified three wrestlers for the state tournament.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sotero Trevino made the finals at 220, while Luke Chapman (160) and Tyler Ramirez (113) each qualified for the consolation finals. Trevino entered the regional 30-0 but suffered his first loss of the season — a triple overtime defeat to Tuttle's Dustin Mason.
    "He (Trevino) is fantastic, all of these kids have been incredible," Madill coach Jim Love said. "We've had a wonderful year. Luke dominated at 160 and we feel real good about his third place. We're real excited about the state tournament."
    Ramirez, a freshman, took fourth, falling in overtime of his match, while Chapman won his match 6-2 against a former state runner-up from Tuttle.
    In the Class 5A regional at Duncan, Ardmore freshman Clay Atwood qualified for the state tournament with a run to the final at 170 pounds.
    Atwood fell in the championship match 6-0 to Ricky McCarty of Lawton MacArthur, and is Ardmore's only automatic qualifier. Corey Pender (145) and Martin Valdez (220) won fifth-place matches to earn positions as alternates. Rodney Seaton was sixth for the Tigers at 106 pounds.
    "All of our young men have gotten better every week," Ardmore coach Richard Dabbs said. "Clay's wrestled well since the first of December.
    "I'm real positive about his chances of getting into a finals matchup against McCarty at the state tournament."

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