Tyson Walker

Tyson Walker battles in the championship matchup at 170 for Duncan as he finished second overall as the team won the team title over Piedmont.

Going into the final round Saturday evening, the Demons had 14 wrestlers in placement matches and were able to win the Southern Oklahoma Invitational Wrestling Tournament as a team.

Duncan started the medal rounds with two Demons wrestlers fighting for first and fifth place trying to fight off Piedmont who was in second going to the finals.

Carson Villalon who was a perfect 3-0 in the tournament faced off against Braydn Valdez from Lubbock and lost in a 7-0 decision to place second in the 106 division.

Matthew Smiddy faced off against Trevor Tewell and lost a narrow 7-6 decision to finish sixth to start the medal round for the Demons.

Ayden Thompson was the next Demons wrestler in a championship match and had a close match with Sean Bonner with the Lubbock wrestler from Lubbock getting the 6-5 decision.

Duncan’s first wrestler to get a medal victory was Riley Hunter who faced off against Nate Gwynn from McKinney Christian.

Hunter battled and got several take downs as he ended up winning 11-4 over Gwynn and taking home the fifth place medal and the first Demons win in the last session of the evening.

Jayson Vargas was the third Demons wrestler to go for a championship winning his first two matches by fall before winning a narrow 8-6 decision to get in the finals.

The No. 1 seed from the 126 division was Alex Pena and he was able to give Vargas tough competition as he won 19-6 to have Vargas finish second in the class.

Connor Riddles got into the championship match for the Demons in the 132 division and lost a close 3-1 decision to place second overall.

Blayton Montgomery had to go extra time to get in the third place matchup against Cache’s Marquez Dowell and battled through the match before Dowell got a fall to win third and Montgomery finishing fourth.

Nathan Hudson and JP Martinez faced each to determine who would get in the third place battle with Hudson getting a fall victory over Martinez to go into the third place match and send Martinez to the fifth place match.

Both placement matches were close as Hudson lost 2-0 while Martinez got the 4-1 decision to ensure points in the 145 division for both wrestlers.

Being very close to getting into the championship match, Garrett Hughes finished third after two straight fall victories to get a bronze in the 152 division for the Demons.

Michael Pollock got the fall victory to place fifth in the 160 division as the next wrestler Tyson Walker was in the championship matchup in the 170 division.

Walker who went 3-0 in the matches with three decision victories had to face off against MacArthur’s Nathan Atwood and Atwood completed his perfect tournament by going 4-0 with four fall victories.

Finishing second and having no one in the 182 division in placement matches, Anthony Smiddy got a fall victory in the 195 division to place third to keep it close and another fall victory would seal the team title.

Up to the challenge was Dylan Gerhart who got a quick fall to secure third place individually and make sure the Demons won the team title overall at the Southern Oklahoma Invitational Tournament.

Demons head coach Bobby Cook was happy that his team won the title despite not having any individual champions and said that just speaks to the depth this team has.

“It displays our depth in regard to the team as a whole and talks more so to the program than anything else to see us placing 12 of the 14 weights,” Cook said. “Out of those 12, 5 were in the finals it is just about improving from yesterday to today and the competition was better today. I felt like we did improve in some areas, but I also feel like this tournament exposed some things we need to work on and improve before February.”

The next tournament for the Demons is after the new year as the travel to the Geary Invitational and for Cook he said that this was a good time for rest and being able to possibly get some of those injured back into the fold.

“The timing is perfect we need a little time off and we have had really busy couple of weeks and to be able to take some time off and heal up with our bumps and bruises it will be a good thing,” Cook said. “To come back from the break with a refreshed health wise in our bodies and it is a big deal for us.”

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