The Duncan Banner

Sports

February 17, 2013

Five Demon wrestlers going to OKC

DUNCAN — On the final day of the 2013 Class 5A West regional competition, some rose to the occasion, while others thought of what might have been.

For the Duncan wrestling team, five individuals will get to realize the dream of going to the state competition in Oklahoma City starting on Friday Feb. 22 from the State Fairgrounds Arena.

Overall as a team, the Demons finished in fifth place while Lawton MacArthur ran away with the regional team title, totaling 255.50 points, including four regional champions.

“I thought we would get six for sure and I hoped that we would be able to slide another one in there as well,” Duncan coach Kevin Kelly said. “We had a couple of kids wrestle really tight at home. You can’t do that and beat good kids. I try to tell them all the time to open up and wrestle and they just didn’t do that.”

Duncan’s lone regional champion came at the 113 pound division with senior MarkWae Sanders.

During his match it seemed like Sanders was battling against more than just his opponent in Dakota Resendez of Chickasha, as a blood stoppage combined with a severe leg cramp made life difficult for the Demon grappler.

However, in the end none of those obstacles were enough to keep Sanders from becoming champion as he claimed a 5-2 decision and punched his ticket to OKC.

“It was a cramp that kept coming back and fourth during the match,” Sanders said. “I was trying to stand up and fight through the pain. I was afraid he (Resendez) was going to get a takedown, but it didn’t happen. It’s the best feeling in the world winning, I’m very blessed right now.” Coach Kelly added he was proud of how Sanders continued on in his match despite the pain he was going through.

“If you’ve ever had a leg cramp and tried to keep going it’s hard,” he said. “He was hurting but he sucked it up and got it done.”

Jett Gray also qualified for state but was forced to settle for fourth place in the 120 pound division as he lost a close consolation finals match to Alex Nelson of Guthrie by a 2-1 score.

There was heartbreak though at 145 and 152 pounds for Duncan.

First Connor Kelly had to settle for the runners-up spot after he lost a tough match to Guthrie’s Bryan Dutton in the finals by a 5-1 decision.

Then, Christian Carnahan was forced to do the same as his last ditch escape attempt fell short against Altus’ Cameron Loving, giving the AHS grappler a 1-0 victory and the regional championship.

Cameron McGill managed to rebound from a third round defeat to claim third place with a 5-3 victory over Ada’s Royce Garvin in the consolation finals.

“It was pretty difficult to stay motivated for the third place match,” McGill said. “But the important thing is that I’m going to state because I got third at regionals. I’m going to give it my best effort because this is my final year and I plan on trying to win it.”

Dustin Chase was eliminated in the 106 pound division in the second round of the consolation bracket, falling to Carl Albert’s Michael Moody by a 6-2 decision.

Tyler Hicks narrowly missed out on the state places at 126 pounds as he claimed fifth place with a 3-2 decision over Altus wrestler Mikie Abuan.

In the 132 pound division, Hunter Kelly lost to Brent Wilson of Bishop McGuinnes by a 10-8 score, which gave him sixth place overall.

Austin Drake claimed fifth place overall with a 5-0 victory over Altus wrestler Tyler Marple.

In the heavyweight division, Daniel Moore was eliminated in the second round following a pin by MacArthur’s Joseph Pollard.

“The guys that got runners-up need to wrestle with an attitude,” Kelly said. “Both of those guys wrestled not to lose. They could very well meet the guys they went up against tonight in the state finals. I always tell them to go after it and wrestle, and we just didn’t do that tonight.”

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Duncan tennis sets a new mark of success

    Sustained success for many years makes it difficult for Duncan high school tennis to earn achievements it already hasn’t accomplished.

    July 29, 2014

  • Breaking through For Coffman, All State runs in the family

    Following in his parents’ footsteps, George “Trey” Coffman III takes part in the Oklahoma All State Baseball Game at 7 p.m. in J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • VA’s Allison coaching small-schools

    In his first year at Velma-Alma, Colt Allison led the Comets to a regional final appearance in baseball, took over as the football head coach and was named the small-schools coach for the baseball All State game on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Big game atmosphere VYPE picks Duncan to make playoffs

    Despite facing a rigorous schedule, Duncan was picked by VYPE’s preseason football preview to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
    With new coach Craig Benson taking over this season, the magazine predicted Duncan will finish fourth in Class 5A District 1 ahead of Chickasha and behind Ardmore. The Demons are also ranked as the No. 16 team in the Class, with Lawton Mac being the highest ranked team in the district at No. 4.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local support Dehydrator breaks participation record

    With 626 participants, the 24th annual Dehydrator shattered its attendance record Saturday, welcoming riders from around the world to Duncan.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ash She is Safe 5K draws more than 100

    More than 100 participants flooded the streets of Duncan last night for the annual She is Safe Run to the Dark 5k.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dehydrator to start Saturday morning

    With the highest ever pre-register attendance in event history, 428, the 24th annual Dehydrator Bike Ride kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Simmons Center.

    July 25, 2014

  • Playing partners Just another day on the course

    Following Thursday’s twosome of Duncan freshman Thomas Strong and sixth-grader Ridge Harris, a casual viewer might forget that they were competing in a golf tournament.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cox Duncan’s Cox shines with 3-over 74

    Tuesday night, Duncan High School golfer Graham Cox stayed up late watching “Batman Begins.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Morrow Marlow trio looking to take next step at state

    The Marlow boys’ golf team finished fifth in the state tournament last year, but with the team actively trying to improve this summer, the Outlaws have their sights set much higher.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results