Of the seven grapplers representing Shawnee at the Class 5A state meet, two avoided elimination by going 1-1 on the day Friday.
Matt Daniel and Walker Smith will continue consolation competition Saturday at State Fair Arena.
Daniel, at 152 pounds, lost his first-round bout to Duncan’s Christian Carnahan, 2-0. He then recorded a 7-2 decision over Noble’s J.E. Bailey.
Daniel will face Ryan Haymaker of Collins in an elimination bout today.
Smith, at 182 pounds, came up short in a 6-4 decision against Del City’s Jacob Lamb in the opening round Friday. Smith then defeated Danny Lamb of Ada, 5-3, to reach today’s elimination contest versus Tulsa Kelley’s Brice Inbody.
Corey Todd (145), Shawnee’s only senior to reach the state meet this season, went 0-2 Friday to end his career as a Wolf. Todd was bested 8-2 in the opening round by Guthrie’s Bryan Dutton, and he was defeated 2-0 in consolations by Lawton MacArthur’s Colton Jump.
“It was a tough day. I think the bright lights got to some of our guys,” said SHS coach Larry James. “We were proud of their effort. Corey Todd is our only senior here, and I feel for him, but he went down fighting.”
Thomas Shepard (170) went down by technical fall to Lawton Mac’s Ricky McCarty, and then was hit with a loss by an 8-0 major decision versus Del City’s Jon McBride.
At 195 pounds, Shawnee’s Gage Humphrey went 0-2 Friday with a first-round loss by major decision (18-5) to Del City’s Nate Daniels, and a fall in 2:50 to McAlester’s Riley Smith.
Heavyweight entrant Ryan Goodfox also went 0-2, beginning with a first-round loss by major decision (13-1) to Jacoby Brown of Chickasha. Goodfox was topped 3-0 in consolations by Guthrie’s Blake Finley.
“It’s a new day Saturday, and we have two left. We will see what we can do,” James said.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.