Piedmont kicked off their season on Thursday with a close dual in Yukon. Piedmont lead by two points with two matches left but dropped their opening contest to the Millers 41-31.
The Wildcats wrestlers and Yukon combined for nine pins, with Piedmont recording three of them.
Steven Sharp lost by fall at 106 pounds. Jesse Lopez, 113 lbs., evened the score at 6-6 with a pin. Coulton Parker lost a major decision at 120 lbs. Michael Lopez at 126 lbs. lost by pin and Yukon lead 17-6 after four matches.
Alex Cardenas, 132 lbs., and Reece Henry, 138 lbs., recorded back-to-back falls for the Wildcats and Piedmont was able to take a one point lead. Yukon would take the lead at 145 lbs. with a pin of Francisco Lopez.
Shelby Miller, 152 lbs., Blane Culp, 160 lbs. and Dryden Abla, 170 lbs., reeled off three straight wins for Piedmont to give them their largest lead of the night, 28-23. Miller won 11-7, Culp won 11-2 and Abla won 9-5.
Darryl Burns, 182 lbs., lost by a pin and Yukon took a one point lead with three matches to go.
Brody Largent, 195 lbs., gave Piedmont a two point lead following a 5-2 win.
Kaleb Richter, 220 lbs., and Matt White, heavyweight, both lost by pin to give Yukon the 41-31 win.
“I’ve got a lot of positives about this match,” Coach Erik Ford said. “There are things we need to work on but this is a great way to start the year. They are the No. 6 team in Class 6A and we gave them a real fight. Yukon is a really good program and this dual came down to the last two matches. It’s always a lot of fun when it happens like that.”
Next Thursday, Piedmont travels to Deer Creek for another dual. The dual starts at 7 p.m. That following day, the Wildcats will also take part in the Deer Creek wrestling tournament.