It wasn't a memorable start to the Shawnee High School head wrestling coaching career of Nick Turner Thursday night.
Mustang, behind eight falls and a pair of forfeits, registered a 58-15 dual victory over the Wolves at the SHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
The loss didn't diminish an exciting start for Shawnee, which fell into an 18-0 hole, after a forfeit at 106 pounds along with pins at 113 and 120.
Three straight wins – back-to-back pins by Angelo Reyes at 126 pounds and Jordan Lomeli at 132, along with a decision by Jose Cervantes at 138, pulled the Wolves within 18-15 to make it interesting.
But the Broncos pulled away with a major decision at 145 pounds, along with three straight pins at 152, 160 and 170. A forfeit at 182, followed by three more falls rounded out the dual.
“There a lot of things to learn from this,” said Turner. “We need to do a better job on bottom and we gave up turns too easy and we got pinned too many times.”
Turner did praise his three team captains, who secured the victories. Reyes and Lomeli registered second-period falls over Kidd Johnson and Jaston Jackson respectively and Cervantes won by a 14-8 decision over Weldon Bryan.
“Angelo, Jordan and Jose did a great job. They're our team captains and leaders and they didn't disappoint,” Turner said.
Mustang had three returning state champions in Tucker Owens at 120, Tate Pickle at 182 and Judson Rowland at 220. Owens and Rowland each won via pins and Pickle was victorious by forfeit.
“I would like to thank the Shawnee community. The crowd was really loud and energetic,” said Turner.
The Wolves are scheduled to compete in a tri-dual at Carl Albert on Thursday, Dec. 12, before hosting Norman on Tuesday, Dec. 17, for Alumni Night.