LOCUST GROVE —
The Pirates conquered the Doug Rial Memorial Wrestling Tournament last weekend in Pryor.
Locust Grove has now won the tournament three years in a row.
LG finished the tournament with 196.5 total points. Owasso had 189.
Head Coach Johnny Cook was pleased with his team’s overall performance.
“They wrestled really well,” Cook said. “We’re missing a lot of guys and to continue winning, to be quite honest with you, I don’t know how we’re doing it.”
Cook’s team currently has four empty weight classes. He is starting three freshmen in order to fill other weights.
Freshman 106-pounder Nester Jimenez placed fourth in the tournament.
Freshmen Alex Hix and Trenton Monk placed sixth.
Locust Grove standout Cub Yeager won his ninth championship of the season. Yeager has yet to be beaten in a tournament or a dual. The 126-pound junior has pinned all his dual opponents.
Senior Mikel Baker placed first in the 220-pound weight class, while teammate Dustin Remer placed second in the same class.
Junior Trey Loveall finished on top in the heavyweight class.
Cook said no wrestler stood out to him last weekend.
“All of them impressed me,” Cook said. “They all performed at the level they needed to perform at, there was no specific one guy.”
Locust Grove defeated fifth-ranked Wagoner last Thursday in a dual. The Pirates won 36-33 after starting the dual behind 30-0 due to forfeited weights.
Locust Grove continues winning with injured teammates. Cook said it’s a reason he believes the team may be the best he’s ever coached.
“The greatest isn’t always the guy who does everything,” said Cook. “The greatest is where you end up according to what the situation may be. So this team may have the chance to be the greatest team I’ve ever coached. They’ve impressed me all year long. We haven’t had one bad performance all year. We haven’t had one bad competition; not in a tournament, not in a dual, not anywhere. There’s no way we should beat the number five team in the state while forfeiting five weights. There’s no way we should have finished seventh at Yukon, fourth at Geary and win the Pryor tournament with what we have. They’re accomplishing more than probably what they should be.”
The fourth-ranked Pirates will wrestle in the regional tournament Feb. 15-16, at Berryhill.