Three area wrestlers made it to the summit. One came down as champion.
Davis's Braden Ruth tasted state championship glory for the second time on Saturday, winning his second state title at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. Ruth won his rematch with Tanner Allen of Blackwell for a 2-1 overtime victory, completing the year 25-1.
Each wrestler traded escapes, then Ruth scored another escape in overtime before riding Allen out for the final 30 seconds of the period.
"We pretty much controlled the match, just could never get any takedowns," Davis coach Sherrill Neal said. "He wrestled real well, real smart.
"He just simply wasn't going to lose that match. That 30-second ride was pretty tough, but he did what he needed to win."
Plainview had two wrestlers in championship matches on Saturday, as 132-pounder Cade Wheelwright placed second to Comanche's Jon Wayne Townsend, falling via major decision 16-5. Wheelwright's teammate Drake Martel, who won at 160 pounds as a junior in Class 5A with Altus, fell in a close championship match 5-4 in overtime to David Thomas of Perry.
Ruth's second consecutive title sets up what could be an all-time great run through Oklahoma high school history. A 220-pounder when he won his first title as a sophomore, Ruth bumped up to 285 this season and dominated just as easily. He pinned RJ Wofford of Webbers Falls and scored a major decision over Nate Wade of Perry before dispatching Allen in the championship. Ruth also beat Allen in the 3A regional championship on Feb. 16.
Ruth has an opportunity at the rare three-peat next season as a senior, and Neal thinks he has a great shot. Neal said Ruth may move back to 220 next season.
"He can win it the third time," Neal said.
Martel and Wheelwright, both seniors, were the leaders in Plainview's run to a best-ever finish at the state tournament as a team. All seven of the Indians' wrestlers won at least one match, with 170-pounder Landon Good rebounding from a semifinals loss to place third.
In Class 3A, Perry (104 points) won the team title for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Plainview was sixth with 50 points.
On Friday, Martel scored a 17-5 major decision and an 8-6 decision in the semifinals to set up his championship chance. The senior — wrestling in his fourth state finals — entered the final on Saturday determined after losing in the 3A regional final last week.
With the score knotted 4-4 after three periods, Martel lost by criteria in the final on Saturday.
Wheelwright secured a fall and a 6-3 decision on Friday before facing Townsend — who wrapped up his career as a three-time state champion.
The losses were nothing to be ashamed of, said Plainview coach Rocky Atencio.
Page 2 of 3 - "We brought everybody back for the second day," Atencio said. "For (some of) these kids being there for the first time, they wrestled really well. I can't say enough about all our guys. Yeah, we'd like to have a couple of state champions, but it wasn't meant to be."
All three of Plainview's seniors wrapped their careers with state places.
"This senior class, they laid the foundation. These guys are very special."
Class 4A: Trevino 3rd, Chapman 4th for Madill
Madill went to the state tournament with three wrestlers and came home with two medals on Saturday.
None of the Wildcats were in finals matches, but that didn't take the shine off of a strong year for Madill, particularly first-year wrestler Sotero Trevino.
After losing his first match controversially by one point, Trevino won three matches in the consolation bracket to place third overall at 220 pounds.
Against Derek Marshall of Wagoner in the first round, Trevino had a takedown taken off the board late in a match he ended up losing 3-2. The senior went on to score consecutive falls, then a 7-4 decision in his third-place match.
Trevino finished the season 35-2. Just imagine if he would have had more experience.
"I feel pretty great," Trevino said. "I worked real hard for it."
"He came back and wrestled well," Madill coach Jim Love said of Trevino. "He did a fantastic job for us."
Another senior, Luke Chapman, came in fourth for Madill at 160. Freshman Tyler Ramirez went 1-2 in his first state tournament.
Chapman went 2-2, losing in his third-place match to Austin Elam of Tuttle.
"He did a fantastic job, another senior leader for us," Love said. "He's in a real tough weight class, 160. I know he's real happy to place this year, he's been working hard for it many years. And (Tyler) is a young growing guy and he's gonna be good for us, a leader in the future.
"We took three kids up here and they did a great job. We're very proud of what we did. I can't say enough about how hard they worked."
Class 5A: Atwood fourth as FR
Clay Atwood's first year of varsity wrestling can be considered a success.
The Ardmore freshman placed fourth on Saturday in Class 5A's 170-pound division. His two losses came to eventual state champion Cole Pacheco of Deer Creek and West regional champ Ricky McCarty in the third-place match.
Atwood finished the year 29-6, with all of his losses to wrestlers that placed at the state tournament.
"Clay really wrestled well," Ardmore coach Richard Dabbs said. "He wrestled McCarty well. Even though it was 3-1, we were closer to scoring points this time than last time (at regionals).
Page 3 of 3 - "He had a good tournament; he got his name out there. Sometimes as a freshman, you don't know how good you are, and this proves a lot to him. You very rarely see a freshman placing at 160, 170."