By Evan Grice
Sometimes, the odds are just too much to overcome.
This was something the Piedmont wrestling team found out the hard way Saturday morning in the quarterfinals of Dual State against the three-time defending champion Collinsville Cardinals.
After taking a brief 6-3 over the champions, CHS stormed back to win 11 straight matches and eventually extinguish any hopes of an upset with a commanding 54-6 victory.
Collinsville would eventually hold off Lawton MacArthur for the dual state championship.
“They’ve (Collinsville) got a good group of kids and are just solid all the way,” Piedmont coach Erik Ford said. “I feel like we could have wrestled better in spots and had some matches go our way. We just gave up too many points in bunches and you can’t do that against the best kids in the state.”
“When you get caught for five, that’s a big deficit to come back from,” Ford added. “This just proves that we need to wrestle better during the regular season so we don’t get a bad seed. We did some good things; we just didn’t do enough good things to make it count.”
Blane Culp and Brody Largent seemed to have given Piedmont momentum after each claimed victory in their respective matches at 170 and 182 pounds.
Culp defeated Josh Arnold by a 5-2 decision before Largent won a thrilling contest against Roc Robbins by a score of 6-4, giving the Wildcats a 6-3 advantage.
However, close losses combined with forfeits at multiple weights put the Wildcats in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.
In the blink of an eye, the Cardinals were winning 25-6 and had a strangle hold on the dual.
Wyatt Jordan punctuated the dual with a pin fall victory over Francisco Lopez in the final match of the dual season for the Wildcats.