Piedmont got a crucial 62-10 Suburban Conference Dual victory over El Reno on Tuesday night. The win put the Wildcats in the drivers seat for an appearance in the Suburban Conference Dual championship.
Piedmont got off to a 28-0 start thanks to forfeit wins by Steven Sharp (106 pounds) and Michael Lopez (120 lbs.), Jesse Lopez (113 lbs.) and Coulton Parker (126 lbs.) added falls and Alex Cardenas (132 lbs.) won 11-3.
Reece Henry lost a 6-4 overtime decision to give El Reno their first points of the dual.
Francisco Lopez (145 lbs.) and Shelby Miller (152 lbs.) won with back-to-back falls. Blane Culp extended Piedmont’s lead to 44-3 with a 15-5 victory at 160 lbs. Jesse Coleman (170 lbs.) and Dryden Abla (182 lbs.) both won by forfeit.
Brody Largent (195 lbs.) lost a 4-1 decision and Kaleb Richter (220 lbs.) dropped a 12-3 match.
Matt Wyatt (heavyweight) won by fall to give Piedmont their final score.
“We fired off pretty well (on Tuesday),” Cardenas said. “It was a good start.”
The win puts Piedmont in a position the program in a unique position.
“This was a good win for us,” Ford said. “We have a chance to get to the Suburban Conference Championship now. We host Guthrie on Jan. 24 for our opportunity to go. It’s a big step for our program. We have never been in this position. We are in the driver’s seat for a Suburban Conference title.
“Matt did a great job tonight. He has been working really hard. To see his improvement from the Yukon dual to now, it’s tremendous. He is just a sophomore. It’ll be fun to watch him in the years to come.”
The team travels to Mannford next Tuesday for the District Duals. The duals start at 5 p.m.