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Wildcats trounce Jets

By Greg Evans

Piedmont got in a quick 9-0 hole on Thursday night against Western Heights but the Wildcats then reeled off nine straight wins to notch a 45-24 victory over the Jets.

“Winning like that kind of takes the pressure off,” Coach Erik Ford said. “You can just go wrestle. You don’t have to worry about the team score. We knew they had some tough wrestlers at the upper weights, so it was good to have it taken care of before we got there.”

Steven Sharp, 106 pounds, lost the opening match of the dual by fall and Michael Lopez, 113 lbs., lost 10-6.

Coulton Parker started Piedmont’s rally by winning with a technical fall, 17-2, at 120 lbs. Alex Cardenas, 126 lbs.; Reece Henry, 132 lbs. and Francisco Lopez reeled off three straight falls for the Wildcats. The 9-0 hole had been turned into a 23-9 Piedmont advantage.

Shelby Miller won the 145 lbs. match with a 12-4 major decision. Chase Biggs, 152 lbs., won 9-2 to extend the lead to 30-9.

Dryden Abla, 160 lbs, and Brody Largent, 170 lbs., put the dual out of reach for the Wildcats with back-to-back falls. Piedmont lead 42-9.

Jesse Lopez won the 182 lbs. match 4-3 to extend Piedmont’s lead to 45-9.

Juan Guerrero, 195 lbs., lost by fall. Kaleb Richter lost the 220 lbs. match 10-3. Matt Wyatt lost the heavyweight match by fall.

“I think it’s good to end this part of the season like this,” Ford said of the team winning its last two duals before the winter break. “To get in the Suburban Conference dual finals, we’re going to have to beat El Reno and Guthrie. We’re still learning. Our first dual when we get back from break, against Cushing on Jan. 15, is going to be a big test. They are the No. 2 dual team in the state. We are rolling along pretty well at our lower and mid weights. Those guys are definitely starting to gel.”

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