After several weather delays, the Duncan Demon wrestling team finally made it to day one of the Class 5A West Regionals at home and qualified five athletes for the Class 5A Tournament later this week.
Starting with the 106 weight division and going all the way to the 145 weight division, the first wrestler to qualify included the 106 wrestler, Tag Ensey, who is a freshman for the Demons.
Getting a bye in the first round, Ensey won by fall at the 4:40 mark to get to the semi-finals. Ensey then won against Eisenhower’s 106 wrestler in the semi-finals with a 3-0 decision to make the title match.
The championship match for Ensey saw Piedmont’s Cash Donnell win with a major decision 14-2. That allowed Ensey to finish second in the 106 division and become the first qualifier for state.
Riley Hunter became the second qualifier for the Demons in the 120 weight division after finishing fourth in his division. He will now go to wrestle in a match at the State Tournament unofficially.
Hunter won his first round with a fall victory and then won the quarterfinals by beating Shawnee’s wrestler with a 6-0 decision.
In the semi-finals, Hunter dropped the match against an Elgin wrestler. He went into the third place match and dropped that match to finish fourth and become the second qualifier for the Demons.
Connor Riddles, the runner-up from last year at Class 5A in the 132 division, ended up with a third place finish at regionals after a tough semi-final match.
Losing a close 10-8 battle in semi-finals, Riddles took the fall victory in the consolation semi-finals. Then, in the third place match, he secured another quick fall and won third place to become the third qualifier.
JP Martinez had the best tournament on day one for the Demons as he took home the regional title in the 138 division after going a perfect 2-0 on the tournament.
Having byes in the first two rounds, Martinez earned the fall victory over Piedmont’s wrestler to qualify for the title match against Guthrie’s Jake Carey.
Going all three periods, Martinez secured a major decision victory by winning 15-6 to qualify for the 5A State Wrestling Tournament as the No. 1 seed on the west regionals.
The final qualifier came in Blayton Montgomery, who finished third overall in the 145 division by winning his first two matches by fall.
During the semi-finals, Montgomery dropped the game against Guthrie and had to go to the consolation semi-finals to try for a third place finish.
Winning by fall over Elgin, Montgomery went to the third place match and beat El Reno by a fall victory to place third and become the fifth and final qualifier on day one of regionals.
Duncan Wrestling Coach Bobby Cook, after day one of regionals, said he felt proud of all of his wrestlers and looks forward to day two.
“It is a little bit of a weird day just because of the seating capacity and it didn’t feel like a regional experience so the vibe was a little odd most of the day, I felt like personally,” Cook said. “With that being said, just like you get at 5A regional, there were ups and downs.”
He credited Ensey for making it to the regional finals as a freshman and said all of the wrestlers did well on day one.
“JP being a Regional Champion is great and his work ethic is, I won’t say it is unrivaled, but its close,” Cook said. “Our big boys are coming in Monday and I really expect we will have a really good day on Monday.”
The Duncan Banner will publish full results of regionals from Monday in the Thursday edition of The Duncan Banner.