OKLAHOMA CITY – After the first day of action of the state wrestling tournament at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, two of the five are participants remain. Shawnee's Caleb Nahmahpeah and Colby Ezell each started the day for Shawnee in class 6A along with Jakob Hudlow of McLoud and Tecumseh's Tyler Bingham in Class 4A. Prague's Tanner Gregory wrestled in Class 3A as the only wrestler in history to qualify for the state tournament at the school.
Each of the boys had to compete in pigtail matches Friday to see if they would advance into the double elimination tournament. It was the first time the OSSAA has had pigtail matches for the lower regional finishers.
All but Ezell won and earned their way into the tournament. Ezell lost his heavyweight match by fall to Jacob Wood of Muskogee in 5:53 in his match to bring about the end of his season.
Nahmahpeah (113) won a 7-6 decision in his pigtail before losing by fall one minute into his match with Riley Weir of Sand Springs to drop into the consolation bracket. He beat Nate Becker of Edmond North with an 11-10 decision and will face Edmond Memorial's Jackson Oplotnik today in the consolation semifinals.
Hudlow also remained alive in the 152-pound weight class after beating Jake Weller of Cascia Hall by fall in 2:42 in his first consolation match. He won his pigtail in 3:13 and lost to Jaxon Stratton of Blanchard on a 5-1 decision in his opening match. He will wrestle Gage Loard of Tuttle today in his consolation semifinal for a spot in the third-place match.
Gregory won his pigtail match by fall in 3:25 but lost a 4-0 decision to Plainview's Jaxson Roney and 12-2 major decision to Keeton Ornder of Vinita to end his 113-pound run.
Bingham (170) won his pigtail by fall in 1:58 and lost to Heritage Hall's Colton Denney by fall In 2:12 in his opening match of the tournament. He lost hist consolation match by fall in 1:29 to Mannford's Lucas Jenkins to drop out of the tournament.