Shawnee’s Yahola Jones, a 119-pounder, earned a spot in next week’s state wrestling tournament at the “Big House” in Oklahoma City by going 2-0 during Friday’s Class 5A regional tournament at Harrah High School.


Shawnee’s Yahola Jones, a 119-pounder, earned a spot in next week’s state wrestling tournament at the “Big House” in Oklahoma City by going 2-0 during Friday’s Class 5A regional tournament at Harrah High School.
Jones will go for the regional title today in Harrah.
He will also be waiting to see which of his teammates will join him at next weekend’s state dance at the State Fair Arena.
Shawnee has eight wrestlers still alive in the chase for a state title. Three of the wrestlers need just one victory today to earn their way to state while the other five will need to win twice to earn a trip.
Jones, a senior with the Wolves, earned a bye in the first round, then whipped Brad Brown from Duncan, 11-0 in the quarterfinals. That major decision sent him into the semifinals with Colby Powers of Lawton MacArthur. The two went toe-to-toe for three periods before Jones emerged with a 7-6 decision.
The three Shawnee wrestlers that need to win one match to be state qualifiers are Corey Todd at 135 pounds, Daylan Stuteville at 140 pounds and Andrew Morgan at 160 pounds. All three of those wrestlers lost in Friday’s semifinals.
Five more Shawnee entrants need to win two victories today, starting with 119 pounder Michael Smith. Also needing two victories are Corey Loveland at 125, Matt Daniels at 130, G.T. Stafford at 145 and heavyweight Aaron Van Hook.
“Overall I thought we wrestled pretty good,” Sahwnee head coach Larry James said. “I like our chances to send more to the state tournament, but the bottom line is you have to win now.”
For a complete look at all of Shawnee’s results, see the scoreboard.
Note: Report compiled by Keven Scrutchins.