OKLAHOMA CITY — Brody Largent’s state title was a fitting way to end Piedmont’s 2015 trip to the state tournament.
Largent’s title secured seventh place overall with 38 points for the Wildcats as a team and gave Piedmont three placers at state. Joining Largent, were senior Francisco Lopez, who finished fourth at 145 pounds, and freshman Logan Chappell who took fourth at 113.
Although Chappell lost the third place match, he still set himself up as one of Piedmont’s top returners next season by becoming a rare freshman placer.
“That kid has a great career ahead of him if he stays focused and motivated,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford said. “I know he was disappointed he lost the third place match. Hopefully this experience drives him moving forward.”
Chappell beat Collinsville’s Gunner Hamm, 8-0, in the consolation semifinals, then lost to Coweta’s Bennett Moudy 5-2 in the third place match. Chappell beat Moudy 4-2 earlier in the tournament.
Lopez earned a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Altus’ Mikey Abuan to reach the third place match, where he lost to Garrett Chappell of Carl Albert.
“Francisco probably didn’t finish how he wanted to, but he put together an incredible career,” Ford said. “He started wrestling as an eighth grader and now he’s a two-time state placer.”
Lopez’ brother, Michael, lost to Fletcher Edwards of Coweta, 6-5, in his first match on Saturday, eliminating him from contending for a top four finish. Tyler Banks lost a grueling, 3-1, sudden death overtime match to Billy Beyen of Skiatook Saturday morning and was also eliminated.
Collinsville took first as a team in 5A with 112 points to claim its fifth consecutive state title. Coweta was second with a 103.5 and Lawton MacArthur was third with 99.