By Evan Grice
It might be early on in the season, but the Piedmont wrestling team has already made a habit of raking in success.
This past Saturday at the Yukon Open tournament, the Wildcats faced a stacked field of competition, and managed to bring home two first place finishers.
Overall, the Wildcats placed seven wrestlers in the top five in all weight divisions for the tournament.
“This was a good weekend for this wrestling team,” Piedmont coach Erik Ford said. “The Yukon tournament is an extremely tough pre-season test for these kids. We had some kids who didn’t place in the top five, but still managed to wrestle very well. It’s still very early for us, but I like the position we are in at this moment.”
“Our technique looks good along with our shape,” Ford added. “At this point, we’re just trying to clean up things and get our kids ready for our first regular season competition against Deer Creek on Dec. 5th.”
Coulton Parker and Brody Largent were the two first place wrestlers for the Wildcats at 120 and 195 pounds respectively in the tournament.
In the eighth and ninth grade division, Mason Moser claimed a second place finish in the 126 pound division with Wyatt Lewis claiming third place in the 132 pound weight class, also in the eighth and ninth grade competition.
Reece Henry finished third in the 145 pound weight class, with Francisco Lopez claiming third place at 152, just ahead of teammate Jacob Tyler, who finished in fourth place in the 152 pound weight class.
Meanwhile, the Piedmont Middle School wrestlers also had plenty of success over the weekend as they competed at the Kingfisher Tournament.
Hunter Clemmons, Nolan Banks, Joshua Henson, Nathan Morse, Logan Chappell and Alex Rodriguez all claimed first place in their respective weight classes at Kingfisher for Piedmont Middle School.
Tabor McClure, Brayden Greenhill, Bryson Krapff, James White, Will Heindselman, Aria Mazroy, Hunter Johnson, Fisher Johnson, Arsha Mazroy and Christian Lanoy each brought home second place finishes in Kingfisher.
Finishing in third place for the Wildcats were wrestlers Colton Stokes, Josh Heindselman, Brayden Culp, Bryce Johnston, Ben Stepp, Logan Pennington and TD Smith.
Braxton Reid, Zach Moser, Gift Varghese and Brenden Stevens all finished in fourth place on the day.
Both the high school and middle school teams will be in action this weekend at the Anadarko Open tournament, before traveling to the Edmond Pre-Turkey Open on Wednesday Nov. 27.
Following the Thanksgiving break, Wildcat fans will get their first chance to see the PHS wrestling team up close and personal as they will be hosting Deer Creek in their first home dual of the season on Dec. 5.
Middle School wrestling will be then competing at the Cushing Invitational tournament on Dec 6-7.
Just six days later, both the middle school and high school teams will be going on the road to face off against the defending Class 4A state champion Tuttle Tigers in a dual match.
The next day will see the high school wrestling team take part in the Deer Creek Invitational tournament while the junior varsity and junior high wrestlers will be competing in the same tournament the following week on Dec. 20.
When 2014 begins, the high school wrestlers will be traveling to the Cushing Invitational starting on Jan 3 and running until Jan 4.
Road duals against Del City and Carl Albert will then follow for the Wildcats on Dec. 7 and Dec. 9. PHS will then travel to the Geary Invitational wrestling tournament before traveling to Plainview on Jan 14.