The Edmond Sun

February 26, 2013

Deer Creek's Pacheco wins second title

Antlers finish fourth in Class 5A

Jeff Harrison
The Edmond Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Deer Creek legacy lives on.

Junior Cole Pacheco won his second individual state title Saturday night, helping the Antlers extend their streak of state champions to six.

"Winning it again feels great, it's just hard to explain it," Pacheco said.

Pacheco kicked off his title run with a pair of big wins on day one of the Class 5A state tournament. He pinned Noble's Dakota Boxwell at 5:44 in the opening round, and earned a major decision over Clayton Atwood of Ardmore in the semifinals.

The junior then dug deep to earn gold Saturday night, as he held off Collinsville's Zach Abkemeier for a 4-1 decision in the 170-pound finals.

"I knew he was going to weaken, so I went after him and got the reversal," Pacheco said. "And then I just kept my cool and stayed with it."

Pacheco already has his sights set on a third next year.

"We're going to go after it again next year," he said. "Nolan Boyd, from Deer Creek, won it three times last year, so I'm going to try for that too."

Deer Creek sent two other wrestlers to the finals. Seniors Chad Draper (160) and Tyler Follis (285) each finished runner-up to a pair of defending state champions.

For the second year in a row, Draper lost in the finals to Keilan Torres, a three-time state champion from Altus. Follis, who finished third a year ago, also came up short against Chickasha's Jacoby Brown, who won his second title with a 2-1 decision.

Senior Austin Loomis placed third at 220 pounds. He overcame an opening-round loss with three straight victories, including two falls.

Deer Creek finished fourth overall in the 5A team race. Collinsville won its third straight title with 174 points. Lawton MacArthur was runner-up with 122.5, followed by Altus (77.5) and Deer Creek (62).