December 16, 2013

Latham, Hill take first in Deer Creek

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


Now with all of its competitors ready to hit the mat, Chickasha wrestling took home a few honors from Deer Creek in some early season tournament action.

Seniors Josh Latham and Triston Hill won their respective weight classes. Hill went undefeated and won the 160 pound class with a 3-2 decision. He also finished the tournament with three pins. Latham also went undefeated with four pins on his way to the 220-pound class trophy, and he was named Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament. 

It's a good start for the defending state champion, who only Thursday night competed in his first matches since recovering from injury in duals against Newcastle and Blanchard in Chickasha.

"You're always looking for more, but I'll take a win where I can get it," Latham said. "Personally, I'd like to follow in the the foot steps of my friend, Jacoby Brown, go undefeated and cap it off with a state title. In my mind, that's what's going to happen, but I know mistakes do happen along the way."

Riley Williams was awarded third place in the 182-pound class. Williams went 7-1 and did manage a pin in his medal match. Sophomore Lamar Neff also got third in his 126-pound class, and Javier Willets placed fourth in the 106-pound class.

The Chickasha junior high team was also busy this weekend at the Ironman Open in Choctaw. Ryder Ramsey, Montana Moon and Devon Stephens all brought home gold medals for winning the 96-pound, 80-pound, and 89-pound classes, respectively.

The youth wrestlers were led by Jaxon Randle, who won the division 1 37-pound championship and placed third in division 2.  Bailey Randle placed 4th in div 2 46-pounds,  Michael Moran placed fourth in div 2 55-pounds, Madison McDaniel placed fourth in division 2 60-pounds,  Peyton Ward placed second in division 3 heavyweight,  Tim Sales placed first in division 4 92-pounds, and Josiah Crew placed second in div 4 92-pounds.