JAY, OK —
A shorthanded Pryor team went 1-1 Tuesday night in a triagonal at Jay to finish 14-7 in duals on the season.
Pryor led 3A’s No. 4 dual team, Jay, 35-31 but was forced to forfeit at heavyweight to give the Bulldogs a 37-35 win.
Jay and Pryor traded the lead after the Tigers took their first lead, 22-20, on a Cody Foos tech fall at 145 pounds. A Chase Biggs decision at 152 and a Kelvin Grubbs fall at 160 extended the Tiger lead.
Foos and Grubbs were among several wrestlers forced to wrestle one or two classes above their normal slots due to illness or ineligibility.
“What’s a shame, we clearly have a better dual team than Jay,” Pryor head coach Roger White said.
A string of Jay wins, capped by a John Williams pin of Stevon Crogan at 195, gave the Bulldogs a 31-29 lead. Pryor’s Josiah Gauger wrestled at 220 pounds, up from his normal 195 slot, and pinned Clint Rogers with less than a second on the clock to give Pryor a 35-31 lead.
Without a Pryor heavyweight, Jay clinched the win without having to wrestle.
In the early dual, Pryor blasted Stilwell 57-14.
Stilwell weighed in just five wrestlers. For Pryor, Logan Litke pinned Chase Wolf at 120 pounds and Dylan Wright won an overtime decision from Mike Means at 126.
Stilwell’s Wyatt Sheets, son of legendary NCAA champion wrestler Mike Sheets, claimed a 7-4 decision over Grubbs. The younger Sheets is a returning state champion with a 42-0 record.
White expects his team to be back near full strength for its 5A regional tournament appearance Jan. 21-22 at Tahlequah. White said Pryor should have seven or eight wrestlers seeded in top-six slots at the state tournament at the end of February.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.