Stephens County wrestling had the most representatives at All-State and all five wrestlers won their matches in their respective duals.
Duncan’s first All-State representative in several years was Hunter Jump. Jump faced off against Dieo Maturinp from Broken Arrow Wednesday evening.
Battling back and forth, Jump was able to pull off the 4-2 decision and help the Large West to a dominating win by beating the Large East team in the dual 42-15.
Demons head coach Bobby Cook, who coached Jump all four years of high school, said it was exciting to see him compete and do so well at All-State.
“Competing at the all state games is more of a reward. I just want the kids to enjoy the experience,” Cook said. “With that being said, you always want to win … so it was nice to see Hunter cap off his HS career with a win at the all state dual and for the Large West to win the dual.”
In the other action at Sand Springs High School Wednesday evening, Comanche Indians had two wrestlers competing and Marlow also had two Outlaws wrestling in the Small West vs. Small East dual.
Both the Comanche wrestlers were down 2-0 early in their matches, but Jaxon Miller was able to get the 5-3 decision victory while Ethon Hamrick pinned his opponent for the victory.
Indians coach Jason Miller said in the second period Jaxon was able to get some turns for four points to take the lead while able to ride out in the third period to keep the victory.
Down 2-0 in the first period, 17 seconds in the second period Hamrick got the victory by fall. Miller said that Hamrick was able to beat the Class 4A runner-up and was proud of both kids.
“I was proud of both of them. They both represented Comanche as teammates for the last time and they went out with class,” Miller said. “We’re going to miss them next year.”
Outlaws coach Andy Howington, who was named region coach of the year this year and who’s assistant coach, Keith Kizaar, won assistant coach of the year, was also proud of his two Outlaws. Kobey Kizaar got the 3-0 decision victory over Price Perrier, a rematch from the state finals this year and proved a point in this rematch.
“The other guy has been talking about redemption, how he was going to prove that Kobey got lucky,” Howington said. “Well that didn’t work for him, Kobey wrestled so tough, Kobey gets better every time he gets on the mat. He proved a point last night.”
Howington’s other wrestler was Tyler Lavey who won a 6-4 decision over Jacob Ahrbeg. Lavey got revenge from a loss to Ahrbeg earlier this season according to Howington.
“Tyler wrestled really tough last night and had been beat by this guy during the year. Tyler worked on a few things where that wouldn’t happen again,” Howington said. “That was the 4A State Champion he beat. We were hoping to wrestle the same kid we had in the state finals. But we had the next best thing, another state champion and a kid that had beat him. He also gets better every time he wrestles.”
With a 30-27 victory for the Small West squad over the Small East squad, Howington said it was a great night for the two Outlaws wrestlers and will miss them.
“I was proud of them, they both represented themselves, the wrestling program and their town,” Howington said. “These two will be missed. It was a great night to be an Outlaw.”
All-State Wrestling was held at Sand Springs High School. Both West teams were able to get the sweep against the East side teams of the state.