By Evan Grice
Piedmont’s senior wrestling class wanted to make sure they left Collett Fieldhouse on a winning note Monday night.
In fact, they didn’t just leave on a winning note; they left on an undefeated note.
PHS celebrated its 2014 senior class with a dual against Deer Creek, which saw the Wildcats take control early on and never relinquish it as Piedmont slammed the Antlers by a score of 48-19.
With the victory, the Wildcats ensured they finished the home part of their dual season undefeated for the 2013-14 season.
“This is the first group of seniors I have gotten to coach all four years,” Piedmont coach Erik Ford said. “All four of these guys work their butts off in practice and I’m so proud of them. Getting to send them out with a big win over a rival, I’m really glad it worked out that way for them.”
Pins from Hunter Clemmons (106) and Coulton Parker (120) along with a 6-2 victory from Steven Sharp (113) put the Wildcats in a comfortable position at 15-0.
Michael Lopez (126) then added some insurance with a pinfall of his own to make it 21-0.
At 132 pounds, Kade Sparks fought hard but ultimately fell 10-8, putting Deer Creek on the board at 21-3.
Alex Cardenas (138) then made sure order was restored at 138 pounds with a pinfall victory, before Francisco Lopez (145) claimed a 6-1 decision to make the overall score 30-3 in favor of the Wildcats.
Reece Henry (152) then claimed yet another pinfall victory for himself, which sent the Piedmont fans into a frenzy but also gave the Wildcats a 36-3 lead.
The 160 pound bout didn’t go Piedmont’s way with Darryl Burns being defeated via pin, before Blane Culp got the Wildcats back on track with a pinfall victory of his own in the 170 pound match.
“I couldn’t think of a better way for Blane to win his last match at Collett like he did,” Ford said. “He’s worked his butt off his entire career and he’s never stopped working. If you relax for just a second he’ll pin you just like he did tonight.”
Despite losses at 182 and 195 for Brody Largent and Tyler Banks along with 220 pounds and Juan Guerrero, Matt Wyatt made sure the dual ended on an exclamation point with a pinfall victory for the Wildcats.
Piedmont was scheduled to have a road dual against Guthrie Thursday night and will be at the Chickasha Invitational wrestling tournament starting on Friday Jan. 31.