The Pryor Times

March 3, 2014

Three-peat: LG's Yeager sets Mayes Co. record

Cook named coach of year

Dekota Gregory
Times Correspondent

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Locust Grove senior Cub Yeager made history Saturday night in Oklahoma City by capturing his third straight-state title after defeating Brik Flippo of Tuttle with a 4-2 decision in the 132-pound final.

Yeager (35-4) not only became his school’s first three-time state champion, but he is also the first to achieve this rare feat in Mayes County.

“He had a good high school career, but now it’s on to the next step,” LG Head Coach Johnny Cook said. "He’s got to get better and we’ll be doing that this spring and summer, it never stops. It never ends. He’s done wrestling for us, but now he’s going to represent Locust Grove at the Division I level, so we got to keep going."

The Wyoming commit began his third title run with a 1:12 pin in the first round against Elgin’s Reece Maitlen, and then defeated Shaquille Wright of Elk City in the semifinals by an 11-2 major decision.

Yeager was not the only Pirate to find the podium, seniors Braden Bennett (120 pounds) and Isiah Woolman (152 pounds) both placed fourth. Bennett (23-11), a state runner-up last year, was defeated 3-2 by eventual state champion Beau Guffey of Tuttle in the semifinals to obtain his first blemish of the tournament. His next defeat came from Cascia Hall’s Cody Lambert, a 2-1 decision in a regional final rematch.

Woolman (23-11) also received his first tournament loss in the semifinals from a eventual Tuttle state champion, Dakota Head. Head handled Woolman with a 17-2 technical fall, then Tucker Hoffman of Wagoner slid by Woolman with a 6-5 decision in the consolation finals.

Tuttle captured the Class 4A championship with 178.5 total team points to continue their dominance with a sixth straight title. Cushing claimed silver with 86 points and Locust finished sixth with 39 points.

LG's Cook named coach of year

OKLAHOMA CITY — Locust Grove Head Wrestling Coach Johnny Cook was named Class 3A/4A Wrestling Coach of the Year Saturday during the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament at the State Fairgrounds Arena.

Cook also received this award in 2006, but Cook does not think too highly of the individual honor.

“Nothing,” Cook said when asked about what receiving the award meant to him. “Individual awards, those are just opinions. It doesn’t mean anything, it’s just other people’s opinions. All that matters is kids winning matches and getting them on to college.”

Cook, in his 24th year at Locust Grove, led the Pirates to a 9-3 dual record and a dual state appearance after capturing a district title.