The Edmond Memorial wrestling team took a 48-24 win in a dual at Guthrie last week.
Memorial got wins by fall from Mark Delay at 113 pounds, Josh Nunley at 138, Jonah Moore at 145, Tristan McBee at 182 and Jeremy Morgan at 195, and wins by decision from Ashton Stovall at 120 and Alec Warren at 152
“This win gives us a jump start for the District match with Moore this Thursday,” Memorial coach Darren Huff said. “They’ve worked really hard and support each other, so this is one of their goals accomplished for the start of the season. We gained a lot of wins by falls and that is always good. Hopefully some of our guys learned they can wrestle tough and keep working hard.
“Even the guys that lost wrestled hard and kept trying to score points. That means a lot because it’s easy to give up when you’re taking a beating or losing.
“Jeremy, Tristan, Jonah, Josh and Mark did an outstanding job of going out there with intensity and taking care of business pinning their opponents. Ashton had a very tough match and could’ve given up but kept fighting and scored at the end to secure the win. He really fought tough the entire match.”
The Bulldogs traveled to the high-intensity Perry Tournament over the weekend.
Josh Nunley at 132 pounds was the lone Bulldog to make the finals. He defeated three wrestlers to get there and was defeated by state champion Joe Smith 23-6 after being tied 6-6 at the end of the first period. Nunley had placed sixth the previous year at the same weight.
Jonah Moore was the Bulldogs’ other placer. He repeated last year’s results by placing fifth again at 138 pounds.
“Perry’s a tough tournament and a tough tournament to place in,” Huff said. “We only took five wrestlers and two medaled and we placed 12th as a team, so we are pleased with their effort. Josh really wrestled well the entire weekend. Jonah wrestled tough all weekend also before losing in the consolation semi-finals. Others winning matches but not placing were Ryley West, Ashton Stovall and Cole Boker.
Nunley went 3-1 on the tournament, Moore went 3-2, Stovall went 2-2, West went 1-2 and Boker went 1-2.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a journey to Moore on Thursday.
Memorial 48, Guthrie 24
106 Connor Shanks win by forfeit
113 Mark Delay won by fall over Hunter Betchan :48
120 Ashton Stovall decisioned Brian Herbst 17-13
126 Cole Boker lost by fall to Alex Nelson 2:11
132 Jacob Vana lost by fall to Tim O’Connor 3:26
138 Josh Nunley win by fall over Joe Bennett :48
145 Jonah Moore win by fall over Adam Noriega :36
152 Alec Warren decisioned Tyler Mahan 5-2
160 Alton Pettit won by forfeit
170 Void by both teams
182 Tristan McBee win by fall over Idea Alexander 1:09
195 Jeremy Morgan win by fall over Andrew Toney 3:15
220 Ryley West lost by fall to Connor Howard :58
HWT EMHS forfeit to Blake Finley
The Edmond Memorial wrestling team took a 48-24 win in a dual at Guthrie last week.
North grad fuels OCU
Oklahoma City University clobbered St. Gregory’s 12-3 on Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium supported by three runs batted in by freshman Jared Baker out of Edmond North High School.
Ryan Wright, a junior from Fruitland, Idaho, drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run with OCU. The Stars, ranked fifth in NAIA baseball, improved to 14-3, 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Deer Creek boys make state; Bulldogs eliminated by Owasso
The Deer Creek Antlers made a run on Durant in the third quarter of a Class 5A area consolation championship game that thrusted Deer Creek into the state tournament for the first time since 1997.
The Antlers, 18-9, got up on the Lions by six points in the third and then held the ball, thus forcing Durant to come out of its zone en route to a 54-45 win.
Led by Conner Avants’ 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, Deer Creek got some easy scores going against the Lions’ pressure in the fourth.
Antler Tyler Haddock added 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Brett Valentine contributed eight points.
UCO fights to MIAA championship; falls to Missouri Southern
A spirited postseason run came to an abrupt ending for Central Oklahoma in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament finals Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
The depth-challenged Bronchos played just six players and fatigue played a factor in the second half as Missouri Southern claimed an 84-72 victory to capture the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Fifth-seeded UCO, playing for the third straight day, fell to 20-10 and is doubtful to earn an at-large bid into the playoffs when the full 64-team field is announced late Sunday night. The Lions improved to 24-5.
The Bronchos led 40-39 at halftime, but missed five straight shots during a key second-half stretch when Missouri Southern stretched a 45-44 lead to double digits at 54-44 with 14:21 remaining and UCO never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Putnam North fires back in second half
The Lady Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial kept their heart beating by downing Bartlesville 48-42 Thursday night in an area consolation contest, but the momentum came to an abrupt stop Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship at Catoosa High School. Putnam North ended Memorial’s season with a 46-31 decision.
Deer Creek loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
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