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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wolves advance seven to semifinals

  • Shawnee advanced seven wrestlers to Saturday's semifinals of the Carl Albert Tournament, and all SHS entrants are still in the running as the remaining grapplers will be in consolation action.
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  • Shawnee advanced seven wrestlers to Saturday's semifinals of the Carl Albert Tournament, and all SHS entrants are still in the running as the remaining grapplers will be in consolation action.
    In the team standings, Class 5A's No. 4 Shawnee enters today's competition in second. Lawton MacArthur leads the 23-team field.
    Those entering the semis for the Wolves, via 2-0 records Friday, are Bryce O'Conner, Michael Smith, Corey Todd, Daylan Stuteville, Thomas Shepard, Walker Smith and Gage Humphrey.
    O'Conner, at 113 pounds, took down first-round opponent CJ Carter of Northwest Classen by a 12-1 major decision. O'Conner then won by an 8-3 decision in the quarterfinals against Lawton Mac's DJ Billingsley.
    Michael Smith (120), a winner by fall in 2:43 over PC West's Dustin Sparks in the opening round, won by 9-7 decision over McAlester's Donald Cannon in the quarterfinals.
    Todd, at 145 pounds, pinned both of his opponents on the day — Bethel's Matt Scott (1:00) in the first round, and Noble's Tristan Rabe (5:03) in the quarterfinals.
    Stuteville (160) pinned Edmond Santa Fe's Blaine Harris in 1:07 to start the day, and then punched his ticket to the semis via a pin in 2:06 over Bethel's Nate Milligan.
    Shepard (170) won by fall in 3:06 over first-round opponent Brandon Williams of Duncan, and then dropped his quarterfinals foe by an 11-3 major decision.
    Walker Smith (182), after opening with a 3-1 win over Guthrie's Andrew Tony, recorded a 6-0 decision against PC North's Zuer Ribaclo in the quarterfinals.
    Humphrey, at 195 pounds, reached the quarterfinals by forfeit. He then won by fall in 1:11 over Caesar Guiterrez of Western Heights.
    "We bounced back after a bad night," said SHS coach Larry James. "We won the close matches today, but we have a whole lot of work to do on Saturday."
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.

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