SHAWNEE – The Shawnee middle school and high school wrestling teams took things down to the heavyweight matches with two different outcomes Tuesday in duals against Glenpool.
The middle schoolers went into the heavyweight match tied at 33 and left with a 39-33 win. The high school team trailed 36-31 going into the 285-pound match and needing a pin but couldn't get it done, for a 39-31 loss. The loss eliminated the Wolves from the dual state tournament at FireLake Arena, Feb. 9.
“We wrestled hard,” coach Larry James said. “We just didn't come out on top... I thought our effort was there. They were expected to come in and blow us out and we took it down to the last match.”
Xavier Grass sparked three straight wins by fall for the Wolves in the higher weights with a pin in 1:39 in the 160-pound match to creep in closer to Glenpool, 24-19 but it was 170-pound freshman Cade Chamblin who really got the team fired up.
James said he had been telling Chamblin to be prepared for the week prior that if he was going to put him in, he expected him to come up with a win. Chamblin gave him what he was wanting at a time when the Wolves were in need of it.
“Tonight he came up huge for us, huge. It put us right back in the dual,” James said.
Cade Ward controlled the entirety of the first round and the majority of the second before Chamblin got the reverse and pin to get fans out of their seats and excite his teammates as he put Shawnee ahead, 25-24. Chance Anders followed up with a win by fall in 3:30 for the 182-pound match to go ahead 31-24, but it was Shawnee's last win of the night.
A forfeit in the 195 and fall to Garret Hopkins in the 220 left it all on Cobe Ezell's shoulders. Ezell trailed 2-1 after the first two rounds of the heavyweight match before tying up with an escape but the victory went to Dustin Chadwick with a late takedown to earn a 4-2 decision for the win.
Senior Isaac Bertram (106) started things out with a 17-6 major decision to kick off Shawnee's senior night dual and Caleb Nahmapeah followed with a 7-5 overtime decision in the 113-pound match to go up 7-0.
The Wolves suffered three straight losses before Donovan Bertram won by fall in 3:29 in the 138.
Shawnee lost their shot at dual state with the loss but can still qualify individuals from the regional tournament Feb. 16-17. They will travel to Norman North Thursday, Feb. 1, for their final dual of the season.
Glenpool was the last nail in the coffin to eliminate the Wolves from dual state. It was the little things through the season that put them in that situation though, James said.
“We had our chances, but just like I told them in there, it's the little things that make the difference,” he said. “Throughout the year we haven't done the little things. We've got three weeks left and we'll see where it goes from there.”