By Evan Grice
Facing the toughest competition they have seen all season at the oldest wrestling tournament in the state, the Piedmont wrestling team found the going tough at the 70th annual Geary Invitational this past weekend.
Piedmont tied for 14th out of 24teams at the tournament this past weekend, with only two wrestlers making it to the consolation finals. Unfortunately, neither Brody Largent nor Coulton Parker could bring home a win in the finals as both were forced to settle for fourth place.
“All the matches were tough throughout the entire tournament,” Piedmont coach Erik Ford said. “Both guys that were able to place in this tournament wrestled exceptionally well. Our other guys that didn’t place simply had tough draws and ran into some very good competition out there.”
Coulton Parker’s run to fourth place couldn’t have been any more difficult.
After defeating Tulsa Union’s Graham Godfrey (6A state qualifier) in the opening round by a slim 2-1 margin, Parker then had to face Duncan’s Jett Gray who was a state placer last year in Class 5A.
Parker would be up to the challenge though as he won the match 3-1, however in the semifinals two-time 6A state champion Markus Simmons from Broken Arrow was too much to handle.
But, in the consolation semifinals, Parker rebounded with a thrilling 8-6 overtime victory over junior high state champion Tre Wright from Del City.
Cole Powers from Lawton MacArthur was able to escape from Parker in the Consolation finals as he squeaked out a 1-0 victory.
Brody Largent found the going just as tough at 182 pounds.
Largent pinned Cole Dominguez from Rio Rancho, NM in the first round at 1:53 before falling in the quarterfinals to two-time state champion Joel Dixon from Edmond North.
Victories over Trent Monk from Locust Grove and Baylor Fellor got Largent to the Consolation semifinals, where he pinned Westmoore wrestler Blake Berryhill.
Then in the finals, heartbreak struck as Largent was caught in a late pin by David McCright from Mustang after leading 5-0.
Steven Sharp at 106 pounds found the going tough as he struggled to an 0-2 finish on the weekend, along with Jacob Tyler at 152, Darryll Burns at 170, and Tyler Banks at 195.
Kade Sparks (126) managed to get one victory out of the weekend in the first round before dropping his next two matches, while Alex Cardenas also encountered the same problem at 132 pounds as he won his opening bout but dropped the next two.
Francisco Lopez (145) dropped his opening match of the tournament but rebounded in the first and second rounds of the consolation bracket before falling in the third round.
At 220 pounds Juan Guerrero won his opening match of the tournament before falling in the quarterfinals. However, after two consecutive byes in the consolation round, Guerrero fell in the third round of the Consolation bracket.
Matt Wyatt showed his toughness in the heavyweight bracket after losing his opening match of the tournament.
Wyatt would get a bye in the first round of the consolation bracket, before winning in the second and third rounds. However his luck ran out in the fourth round.