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A controversial no-takedown call and an overtime pin in the 170-weight class vaulted Comanche wrestling to a 47-18 dual victory at rival Marlow on Tuesday.
The Indians dominated the higher weights, but also got some crucial points in the lower matchups. The Outlaws started on the right foot with a pin from 106-pound Rylan Cochran, but after that, it didn’t go according to plan for the team up north.
“I thought, ‘Great, they are going to have the momentum,’” coach Jason Miller said. “They had the possibility of beating us the first five out of six weights. They were all that close, it could go that way.”
Instead, 113-pound Zach Schoolfield stepped up. He pulled out a 7-2 win to make the dual score 6-3. Miller said Schoolfield was the only Indian who surprised him with a win Tuesday. The other winners, he went in expecting them to pull out at least three points.
The wins started piling up, and Marlow wasn’t able to get the large points it needed from its big-name wrestlers.
“We told our kids, ‘It’s probably going to be pretty even,’” Miller said. “’It’s going to come down to whoever can pin the most kids or get the most majors, and whoever can keep the other team from doing that.’”
The only pins the Outlaws were able to muster were from Cochran and 160-pound Seth Scarbrough. Coach Jason Miller went into the dual hoping to minimize the damage, and the best example was 14-year-old Indian freshman Kamren Vanbuskirk facing off against Outlaw state qualifier junior Logan Knox.
“Him and Scarbrough are their top dogs, and we made him battle,” Miller said. “It ended up being a two point match, and we gave him all he wanted.”
The match ended 8-6, and Comanche started to go on a roll. Miller brought out a ‘B teamer” against Scarbrough, knowing he wasn’t going to get any points. He bounced his 160-pounder up to the 170 match to give him a better chance of scoring.
“We thought, ‘We’re giving up weight, but we have a better shot,’” Miller said.
Marlow’s Bryce Shepard almost got a takedown to win the match late, but the ref didn’t award the points. The match went into overtime.
Shepard started the period by using his size to push the smaller Skylar Stengel around. However, Stengel pulled off a quick lateral drop and put the bigger kid on his back. If he would have been on his stomach, then it would have been a takedown, and the match would have ended with Comanche getting three points. Instead, Stengel kept pushing and walked away with the pin, sealing the six points and the Outlaws defeat.
“If it would have been closer, it would have been real critical, but it really didn’t affect anything in the long run,” Miller said. “It’s big in those kind of matches when momentum can play such a big thing.”
Marlow coach Kelly Henderson agreed that the match didn’t lose the dual, but echoed the same sentiment on the momentum. The main thing he wants to see his team do is learn how to close out duals. The Outlaws will try to do that in their final district dual on Thursday against Sulphur.
“I don’t want to dwell on it, but the message to the team is figure it out, because we don’t have much time left,” Henderson said.
Comanche will wrestle at Plainview on Thursday.