As the first day of the Cushing High School Tournament progressed, Plainview coach Rocky Atencio didn’t feel that his Indians wrestled like the No. 1 team in Class 3A.
By the time the Indians posed for pictures with the second-place trophy Saturday, he was in a much better mood.
Plainview tied with Heritage Hall for 176 points, only behind Allen, Texas, which scored 305 points to capture the team title.
In addition to placing second, the Indians had three individual champions (Zach Atencio (126 pounds), Ty Lucas (145) and Seth Fritts (182)) and, overall, placed seven wrestlers in the top six of their respective weight divisions.
“We were flat Friday,” coach Atencio said. “We didn’t look like the number one team in the state. We had a lot of guys beat up. This weekend was a test of our character and repond to adversity. We responded well.”
Lucas won all five matches to earn Co-Wrestler of the Tournament honors. He cruised to two pins and a 17-1 technical fall in his first three matches, scored a 3-1 decision in sudden victory over Juwan Robinson of Allen in the 145-pound semifinals and doubled up Heritage Hall’s Colton Denney by a 6-3 decision in the first-place match.
“Ty is tough,” coach Atencio said. “He doesn’t win fancy. He doesn’t win big. He just wins.”
Zach Atencio nearly had to call it quits Friday after he sustained a bad alergic reaction but continued to wrestle through the illness to earn top honors at 126 pounds.
He beat Heritage Hall’s Rodrick Mosley 2-1 in the ultimate tiebreaker in the first-place match.
To open the tournament, Atencio pinned Oologah’s Kyle Jones 51 seconds into the first period and then won his next three matches by a combined six points.
“Just a resilient performance,” said coach Atencio, Zach’s father.
Fritts put forth a dominant performance. He pinned his first three opponents and then won a 4-2 decision over Heritage Hall’s Charlie Walker in the semifinals to advance to the 182-pound first-place match. In the title match, he shut out Wagoner’s Malcom Rodriguez 9-0.
“Seth is the real deal,” coach Atencio said. “Seth was focused. He is ready for the limelight. He is ready to wrestle D1.”
Maddie Roney made it through a tough field in the 132-pound bracket to earn third place. He went 5-1 with a pin, a forfeit, an 8-3 decision, a 5-0 decision and a 5-3 sudden victory over Cleveland’s Damon Hail in the third-place match.
“Maddie has not wrestled in a lot of big-time events but he is getting better,” coach Atencio said.
Jaxson Roney won his first three matches and went on to finish 4-2 with two pins, a 17-1 technical fall and a 15-6 major decision for fourth at 113.
Bodie Davis had one of his best efforts of the season, going 4-2 with three decisions, a pin and a forfeit, to place fourth at 195.
Dorian Fagan wrestled six matches and came away victorious four times, with three pins and a sudden victory, for fourth at 285.
Connor O’Neal won three straight matches on his way to finishing 3-2 in the 220-pound weight division.
Eli Paul pinned two of his four opponents to finish the tournament 2-2 at 170 pounds.
Nick Vercelli, Trevor Bass and Bracken Campbell each finished 1-2 with a pin at 113, 132 and 195, respectively.
Zane Miller was 1-2 with an 8-2 decision at 152.
Ty Stahlbusch and Andrew Vercelli went 0-2 at 126 and 138, respectively.
Coach Atencio spoke about the strength of the overall field.
“This tournament was tougher than it has been in past years,” he said.