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January 31, 2014

Demons take final matches over Noble

DUNCAN — The Duncan wrestlers trailed early against Noble in Thursday’s home dual, but rallied in the final matches to win 39-30.

Key to Duncan’s victory were Jon McGill winning an 11-8 decision over Jake Arbalo at 182 pounds, Jimmy Mejia pinning Twain Savageau in 3:30 at 195, and Jonathan Gomez pinning Joe Glenn in 1:16 at 285.

Duncan trailed 21-6 after the first six matches, but won six of the last eight matches to take the win.

“I knew they were probably going to get the early lead on us,” said Demon coach Kevin Kelly. “But I kind of knew what weights we would win. We just had to hang on.”

Along with winning three of the four largest weights, Hunter Kelly secured a fall at 3:05 against Kalin Winter at 145, Connor Kelly followed with a pin at 3:09 over Matt Howard at 152, and Connor Kinnaird took an injury default win at 171. He was tied 2-2 with his opponent, Chase Kellog, after the first period, but an ankle injury forced Kellog out.

It was a good way to bounce back after Duncan lost some close matches early. Will Hicks, at 106, went to overtime against Tyler Kittles before the Noble wrestler got an escape for a 6-5 decision.

Will’s brother Tyler Hicks had a close contest against Tristan Rabe at 138. He came close to scoring an escape in the second period, but time ran out. Hicks lost a 4-3 decision.

“We had a chance to win against that kid Tyler had,” Kelly said. “But (Rabe) is a good kid. He won our tourney (in December).”

Jett Gray scored a pinfall win at 120, beating Colton Blakely in 3:15. The Demons had pins in five matches.

Kelly said he was pleased overall with how his wrestlers performed. They will be tested again when they compete at the Chickasha tournament Friday and Saturday.

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