The last regular season dual saw the Duncan Demons send their seniors out with a victory beating Southmoore at home late Thursday evening winning 51-20 over the No. 11 team in Class 6A.
Before the action started, the Duncan Wrestling team honored their three wrestling seniors and one senior manager, Haleigh Andrews, Dustin Mann, Michael Pollock and Carson Villalon.
Mann had the first match of the night to start Senior Night and he made sure to make his last match in Duncan count with a fall victory as time was expiring in the first period.
Villalon continued the winning ways for the seniors battling to a 2-0 score before scoring the fall victory with 55.7 seconds left in the first period of his matchup.
Ayden Thompson had a a strong battle with his opponent in the 113 match and he had to go all three periods with a little controversy in the end.
Thompson was able to get out with a 10-8 victory after the coaches and referee discussed the final takedown that resulted in the Demons win and put them up 9-0 in the dual.
Riley Hunter had some big moves in his dual in the 120 match getting up 8-0 with several takedowns before getting the fall victory with 53.6 seconds left in the first period.
Jayson Vargas continued the trend of Duncan getting fall victories after going up 4-0 in the match, Vargas got the pin on his opponent with 50.2 seconds left to put Duncan up 21-0.
Connor Riddles went to the second period to get his fall victory and was up 13-5 over his opponent and with 54.8 seconds left was able to maneuver his way for the victory.
Southmoore was able to get a few victories in a row against Blayton Montgomery, Nathan Hudson, Garrett Hughes and Pollock before Duncan got back in the win column in the 170 division.
Returning state placer Tyson Walker didn’t waste time going on the offensive getting a take down which turned into a fall with 1:13 left in the first period to give Duncan the 33-14 lead.
Jeremy McBride lost in the second period to a fall being down 7-1 with the wrestler from Southmoore using a move to get the pin with 51.1 seconds left in the second period.
Anthony Smiddy went down early in the 195 match but was able to counter back and get the fall victory with 12.8 seconds left in the first period.
Dylan Gerhart took care of business in the second to last match winning with a fall with 1:07 left in the first period turning way to Steven Culberson in the last match of the evening.
Culberson got to a 2-0 lead and was able to secure the pin to give the Demons the 51-20 victory and improve to 8-0 on the season for duals.
Demons wrestling coach Bobby Cook said anytime you can get a victory on Senior Night is great but he still believes the team has potential to wrestle better and is hoping they do so this weekend.
“There is no doubt about that and Tuesday we looked 180 degrees the other way versus what we looked tonight and I was kind of hoping to respond that way. Not to take anything away from Shawnee they’re a good team, but Southmoore is just as good maybe even a little bit better in my opinion and we won by a large margin of victory tonight,” Cook said. “I still don’t feel like we are firing on all cylinders and I’m not so certain we will this weekend either but the one thing I did like I felt we were more tenacious tonight than we were on Tuesday. It is always good to send your outgoing seniors out with a win at home and you always want to do that.”
Duncan Wrestling is currently at the Chickasha Wrestling Tournament which began yesterday and continues today and Cook is hoping to see better things out of his wrestlers.
“What I want to see out of the team is what I saw tonight. Again I don’t think we are wrestling our very best right now, I felt like we wrestled better earlier in the year. I think we will get back to that when the time is right,” Cook said. “I want to see the tenacity that I saw tonight, the grit and fight that I saw tonight and it is the opportunity to see some different teams this weekend. We might have some guys at some different weights and we probably won’t have our full line up the way we will the last three weeks of the season.”
Full results for the Chickasha Tournament will be in the Tuesday edition of The Duncan Banner.