It came down to the final matches and Duncan pulled it out.
The Demons held a 30-25 lead over Chickasha going into the final three matches of Tuesday’s home wrestling dual meet. In one of those meets, returning state champion Josh Latham of Chickasha was wrestling at 220 pounds.
Jimmy Mejia got things off to a good start for Duncan, securing a fall in 3:48 against T.J. Vicks at 195. Latham took his match, but Jonathan Gomez — who normally wrestles at 220 — stepped into the 285-pound match against Alex Scallion and more than held his own.
Gomez controlled most of the match, securing a 10-3 decision to ensure the Demons a 39-31 match victory.
Demon wrestling Kevin Kelly could not have been more proud of the efforts of those wrestlers.
“It was hard for Jonathan to go up against a kid who outweighed him by 30 pounds,” Kelly said. “When we went into the bout, I told him to be smart and don’t get underneath the guy.”
Kelly said he had to make a decision as to whether to put Gomez or Tyson Hill against Latham, with the other facing Scallion.
“It ended up paying off,” he said.
The Demon wrestling coach said he thought the 106, 195 and 285 matches would each be a toss-up. Along with Mejia at 195 and Gomez at 285, Will Hicks did what he needed to do at 106, winning a 2-0 decision against Javier Willets.
Kelly added he was happy to open the season with a win, particularly against a quality team like Chickasha.
“Chickasha was ranked ahead of us and they are very well coached,” he said. “We had a lot of young kids who stepped up and wrestled pretty good.”
The Demons have a busy week ahead. They will head to Comanche for a dual match Thursday, then prepare for their own tournament Friday and Saturday.
DUNCAN 39, CHICKASHA 31
106: Will Hicks (D) dec Javier Willets 2-0
113: Bret Stone (C) won by forfeit.
120: Jeff Gray (D) won by forfeit.
126: Lamar Neff (C) dec Dustin Chase 7-1.
132: Dakota Resendez (C) pin Boston Brown 1:24.
138: Tyler Hicks (D) pin Nick Soles 1:49.
145: Hunter Kelly (D) pin Dalton Phillips 1:15.
152: Connor Kelly (D) pin Darion Barron 1:15.
160: Tristan Hill (C) pin Tyler VanOven 3:38.
170: Connor Kinnaird (D) dec Dao Xian Lim 13-7.
182: Riley Williams (C) dec Jon McGill 10-0.
195: Jimmy Mejia (D) pin T.J. Vicks 3:48.
220: Josh Latham (C) pin Tyson Hill :46.
285: Jonathan Gomez (D) dec Alex Scallion 10-3.
It came down to the final matches and Duncan pulled it out.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
Four named to DHS Athletic Hall of Fame
A star on two state champion football teams, two females who will set precedent for their sports and a Velma native who is a mover and shaker in the tennis program comprise the 2014 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame class to be inducted when DHS holds its annual All-Sports Assembly on Monday, May 19.
Four stand out for Indians at Marietta
Several Comanche track athletes had good showings at a meet in Marietta Friday.
Braden Ledford placed second in the high jump, despite being limited with a hip flexor injury. Track coach Steve Justus said he has been taking it easy with Ledford so he will be healthy for regionals. Ledford has the potential to clear 6 feet, 2 inches, Justus said.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
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