By Evan Grice
While the result might have been different for the first time in three years at the Piedmont Invitational this past weekend, there was still plenty of reason to celebrate for the Wildcats.
Piedmont finished in a close second with 246 points with Del City claiming the overall title with a total team score of 317 points for the tournament.
PHS claimed three overall titles which were tied with Del City and Western Heights while claiming three second place finishes in the process.
“For the most part we wrestled well,” Piedmont coach Erik Ford said about his team’s performance. “I thought there were a few matches we left out there that we should have won. Going three for six in the finals isn’t bad, but I wish we would have gone six-for-six. That’s just the perfectionist in me though. Del City is a great team with a solid coaching staff, and I have a lot of respect for them.”
“We’re not a deep enough team to win the Piedmont Invitational with that deep of a field in it,” Ford added. “But, I’d rather lose to a team like Del City that I have a lot of respect for rather than someone else I probably don’t like as much.”
In the 106 pound bracket, Steven Sharp reigned supreme with a pinfall victory in the finals against Jakob Houston from Norman North in the first period.
Hunter Clemmons managed to make his way to the fifth place match in the 106 bracket, but ultimately fell by a 13-0 decision in the finals to Carl Albert’s Logan Shelton.
Chance Krumsiek managed to claim fifth place in the 113 pound division with a pin victory over Wyatt Kean from Tecumseh.
Coulton Parker claimed gold in the 120 pound bracket with a 6-2 victory over Tre Wright from Del City.
Michael Lopez put up a solid fight in the 126 division, but ultimately had to settle for second place after falling to Carl Albert’s Garrett Chappell by a score of 9-4 in the finals.
Alex Cardenas was another Wildcat wrestler who was forced to settle for second place, with his coming at 132 pounds. Cardenas was pinned by Clayton Lamb from Del City at the 3:48 mark of the match.
There was plenty of success for Piedmont in the 138 pound division as Reece Henry won the overall title with a 16-2 major decision over Ray Merriman from Del City, while Michael Brown claimed third place with a 6-2 victory over Edward Hudson from Fort Worth County Day (TX) in the third place match.
Francisco Lopez claimed fourth overall in the 145 pound division, with Blane Culp settling for second place at 170 pounds after falling to Braden Stringer from Blanchard in the finals 4-1.
Brody Largent finished strong at 182 pounds after claiming a pin victory over Cory Boiling from Putnam City North in the third place match.
Juan Guerrero managed to claim fifth place overall in the 220 pound division.