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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.