Duncan Wrestling Seniors

Duncan honored their six seniors in a dual victory over Del City this past Tuesday evening at Hoover Family Wrestling Center. The six seniors honored included Carla Castaneda, Efrain Reza, Riley Hunter, Gavin Lindsey, JP Martiinez and Bradly VanBlaricom.

Duncan Wrestling competed in one of the toughest tournaments this past weekend and came back home to get a victory over Del City while also honoring their six seniors for the Class of 2022.

Before the dual started, Duncan High School honored the five wrestlers and one manager: Carla Castaneda, Efrain Reza, Riley Hunter, Gavin Lindsey, JP Martinez and Bradly VanBlaricom.

With the seniors honored, the Demons started off with a major decision loss to give Del City the 5-0 lead early on in the 106 match.

Neither team got points for the 113 match. Duncan’s VanBlaricom got the first victory of the night — a minor decision victory — by winning 10-5 to make it 5-3 in favor of Del City.

Tag Ensey got the next victory for the Demons to give Duncan the lead by scoring the fall victory to make it a 9-5 lead over Del City in the dual.

Other Duncan wrestlers who got fall victories included Kooper Kelly, Hunter and Eli Ramirez to put Duncan up 27-5 over Del City.

JP Martinez, another senior who competed in the dual, had a hard fought match but took the 13-2 decision victory to give Duncan four points to put them up 31-5.

Dayton Cross and Nathan Henry got two fall victories before Del City got two fall victories in a row. Then, Duncan took two final fall victories to end the dual with the victory.

Demons head coach Ashton Cooper, after the dual, stated this senior class was special. Cooper felt like this was a great way to get back into 5A competition after a tough tournament.

“It was nice to bounce back after Geary, that was my first experience at Geary and it is a brutal tournament, there is not very many easy people or easy weight classes,” Cooper said. “It was nice to comeback and get a win and let these seniors go out on top. As we focus now, our schedule is primarily 5A from here on out. We are ranked second in duals and I feel like we can actually get to show some of that by wrestling our own classification.”

Cooper stated this class of seniors has had a lot of accomplishments — from Dual State Runner-Up last year and finishing in the top of the State Tournament to regionals, he is very thankful to coach them.

“This is a special class, I mean in the last four years they have been to the State Semi-Finals at Dual State twice and been to the finals once,” Cooper said. “They have finished in the top five of the state a couple of times, so hopefully we can finish strong for them in their career and the accolades they put together are going to be on that board over there for the rest of their lives.”

Duncan was supposed to wrestle at the Carl Albert Tournament this weekend but due to the rising COVID-19 and flu cases in the district, all schools and activities have been canceled at Duncan High School.

The next dual for the Demons will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Shawnee High School as Duncan will look for a busy week of 5A competition upon their return to the mats.

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