The Davis wrestling team was reduced last week due to the COVID surge, but still managed to bring home gold medals from the Western Conference tournament on Jan. 14-15. Out of 10 total wrestlers entered in the tournament, Davis had four champions on the weekend.
The event had to be moved from Kingfisher to Hinton, as Kingfisher schools went virtual due to a COVID outbreak of its own. Ethan Crowe made it back-to-back weeks of gold medals and fellow senior Troy Bullman also claimed a tournament title for the Wolves’ high school team.
Bullman pinned the first two men he faced in the tournament at 126. He took the mat in the finals on Saturday and wrestled Caleb Pittman of Mangum to a scoreless first period. Bullman won the coin toss and took bottom to start the second, scoring an escape 30 seconds into the period for the match’s first point.
With about 45 seconds left in the period Bullman got in on a beautiful shot for a takedown and extended his lead to 3-0. Pittman managed an escape late in the period and they went to the third period with the Wolf 126-pounder up, 3-1.
Bullman looked to take control early in the third, scoring a takedown as he locked up a cradle, but Pittman countered with a reversal to keep the match close, 5-3. In the final 30 seconds of the match, Bullman got an escape, followed by a takedown on another good shot and closed out the championship win, 8-3.
Crowe was up next and got his money’s worth in the championship bout at 132. After a 12-7 win in the first round and an 8-0 major decision in the semifinal, Crowe was used to g
oing all three periods . . . . but the finals required more.
Dalton Pierce of Tonkawa got a takedown in the first period and led 2-0 to start the second. The second period started with Crowe scoring a quick reversal and then taking the lead on a penalty point.
Crowe led 3-2 to start the third period, but Pierce chose neutral and scored another takedown just 10 seconds into the period to take a 4-3 lead.
After being warned for stalling, Pie
rce chose a neutral start, giving Crowe the tying point on an escape with 1:13 left. Crowe got in on a single leg with just under a minute left and fought its way close to a takedown before the official called a stalemate with 18 seconds left.
The match would go to overtime knotted at four, but the extra period would last just 14 seconds. Crowe drove through on a double-leg and willed his way to a takedown to win the match and the gold medal, 6-4.
Kavan Bolding also earned hardware for DHS at 170-pounds. He pinned his first two opponents to reach the semifinals, where he lost in the second period. Bolding bounced back to win again in the consolation semis, but lost his final match to finish fourth in the tournament.
Cade Shackelford had a tough weekend and came up short in a couple of hard fought matches at 220. After losing his first match of the season the weekend before, Shackelford went 3-2 and took fifth place in the tournament.
On the girl’s side, Jaylee Jennings took sixth place at 107.
Just like the high school, Davis had two champions in the junior high division as well. Luke Johnson and Rance Digby both went 5-0 with four pins each to take the tournament titles at 155 and 170, respectively.
The Wolf wrestlers were all set to see their next matches in district action. The junior high and high school boys were set to travel to the Stephens County Fair Grounds on Tuesday for district duals. High school boys and girls will compete next on Thursday at the same venue for more district duals. Then on Saturday, Jennings will represent the high school girls at the McLoud tournament.