Wolves qualify six for state wrestling championships
EL RENO – Jordan Lomeli was crowned champion at 132 pounds and five other Shawnee wrestlers qualified for the Class 5A State Wrestling Championships after outstanding efforts in the 5A West Regional at El Reno High School this past weekend.
Joining Lomeli at state will be Angelo Reyes (126 pounds), Spencer Rochelle (138), Sam Anderson (170), Kyle Helie (182) and Lane Williams (220).
Lomeli rolled to three straight victories, one by fall and the other two via decisions, in capturing the regional championship at 132. He pinned MacArthur's Santos in 1:53 and followed that up with a 6-4 decision over Duncan's Riddles in the semifinals. He then captured the title with an 8-3 decision over Altus' Centeno for the crown.
Reyes, at 126, went 3-1 in the tournament in taking third place. He won by a technical fall over Southeast's Larnell Brown, 20-3 in 4:42, in his first match. He then pinned Ardmore's Tafolla in 2:56. However, MacArthur's Moon pinned Reyes in 1:38. But Reyes bounced back with a pair of decisions over Altus' Ybarra, 6-0, and Duncan's McRae, 5-1.
Competing at 182 pounds, Helie went 3-1 in the regional. He decisioned Del City's Tyrome Denton, 7-1, in his first match before being pinned in his next match by MacArthur's Matthew Santos in 38 seconds. But Helie responded by earning a 13-2 major decision over Noble's Tristan Burton. Helie then defeated Denton again in the third-place match by a 5-2 decision.
Williams, at 220, posted a 4-1 record in the tournament with two falls. He opened with a pin of Noble's Trenton Hickok in 3:03 and then earned an 11-4 decision over Carl Albert's Batts. Cale Dickerson, of Altus, pinned Williams in 1:49, but Williams battled back to pin Duncan's Dylan Gerhart in 2:45 and then claimed another decision over Batts, this time by a 6-3 score for third place.
Rochelle settled for fourth place and posted a 3-2 record at 138 pounds in the regional. Rochelle dropped a 6-1 decision to Carl Albert's Nathan Sutterfield in his opening match, but rebounded for three straight victories, all via falls. He pinned Piedmont's Matlock in 1:58, Altus' Sanchez in 1:24 and El Reno's Griffen in 5:39. Rochelle was pinned in the third-place match by Santa Fe South's Meza in 46 seconds.
At 170, Anderson was 3-2 and won by a fall along the way. He was on the short end of an 8-4 decision to MacArthur's Atwood. Anderson responded with a pin of Santa Fe South's Hidrogo in 2:45. Anderson then won by injury default over Noble's Carter in 32 seconds. Anderson then earned a 4-3 decision over Duncan's Pollock. Atwood and Anderson squared off again as Atwood got the pin in 5:12.
The state championships are set for Friday and Saturday at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.