Casey Rowell might as well by yelling that after each wrestling match as the Duncan High School graduate tears through the competition.
Rowell has won an astounding 21 straight matches during his junior season at the University of Central Oklahoma. On Monday, he was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season.
The 133-pound redshirt junior, who was a three-time state champion for the Demons, is currently ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division-II, boasting a record of 27-3.
Rowell — along with Marlow High School graduates Tanner Keck (17-11), Ryan Brooks (11-11) and Dylan Harmon (5-3) and Comanche grad Joseph Blaylock (2-6) — has helped lead the Bronchos to a 12-1 record in duals.
Rowell’s last loss came on Nov. 17, when he dropped a 3-2 decision. In fact all three of Rowell’s losses have been by two points or fewer. His wins, though, haven’t been so narrow.
During the 21-match winning streak, Rowell has racked up two pin falls, five technical falls (winning by at least 15 points) and eight major decisions (winning by 8-14 points). Since December, only two wrestlers have come within three points of Rowell.
It seems that dropping a weight class was the right choice for Rowell, who placed fifth in the nation last year at 141 pounds and earned All-American honors.
Rowell, who went 136-9 on the mat at Duncan, will look to keep his streak going as UCO hosts the MIAA Wrestling Championships this weekend.
Richardson’s gem leads Outlaws
No. 3 Marlow baseball senior Kelby Richardson came close to perfection for four innings in 9-0 win Monday over rival Comanche.
Comets rally late to beat Bulldogs
Velma-Alma had a shaky start to its home baseball game against Empire Monday, but overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5.
Central High drops close loss to Ringling
In a pitcher’s duel, No. 12 Central High lost its first game of the season 2-1 to visiting Ringling Monday.
Demon boys golf depth evident
The Duncan boys golf team’s depth was evident at a tournament in Lawton Monday, in which the Demons formed two squads and each took a top-four finish.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
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