Fourteen Chickasha wrestlers competed at the Deer Creek Invitational Saturday and thirteen placed to give the Wrestlin' Chicks their first tournament title of the year.

Twelve wrestlers placed in the top three slots in their weight classes and one placed fourth to put the Chicks on top of the pile.

Chickasha's twenty-two team points edged out Prattville HS (AL) and Wichita Independent HS (KS), who tied for tournament runners-up with 19.5 points each. The Chicks beat out two very good teams--Prattville is Alabama's 6A state runner-up and Wichita Independent is one of their metro's top 3A programs.

Heavyweight Elvis Derr won his first championship of the season. “Big Easy” wrestled a total of five minutes, easily disposing of all three opponents early in the first periods of each match.

Xzavier Gray went 4-0 to win the 160-pound championship, posting a 3-0 decision in the title match.

Travis Wilkinson was runner-up at 152, dropping an overtime decision on a late takedown to an Alabama two-time state champion in one of the best matches of the entire tournament.

Freshman Cory Beverly made it to the 112-pound finals and was runner-up in his first high school tournament. His takedown late in the third period sent the match to overtime but his PC West foe notched a takedown of his own in overtime for the win.

Daniel Ogle also took silver at 145 pounds, pinning his way into the finals and pulling ahead with an early takedown before momentum went to his opponent for the decision.

Tory Lacy took second at 189 pounds, losing to one of Prattville's top wrestlers in the title match after winning a close overtime match in the semis.

Alberto Wheeler placed third, pinning his man in the consolation finals at 119 pounds.

Joe Jones also placed third at 135 pounds after losing his quarterfinal match and winning four straight consolation matches.

Matt McNabb placed third at 171, pinning three of his opponents, and Jasper Welch was fourth at 140, also pinning three of his opponents.

Two freshmen wrestling in the JV bracket also came back through the consolations to bring home medals. Colton Hill got three straight pins for third and Cody Pool went 3-2 for a fourth place finish.

“This was a good tournament overall for us,” coach Chad Randle said. “We wrestled well in the early medal rounds which helped give us a cushion going into the finals.

“We accomplished our goal of winning the tournament and did some good things but we also made some technical and tactical mistakes that we need to improve on.”

Chickasha's wrestlers will host their first home dual of the season on Thursday in their new home at the Chick Activity Center, entertaining third-ranked Weatherford. Junior high matches start at 6 p.m. with the high school starting at around 7:00. The high school team will compete at the Anadarko Invitational on Saturday. Matches will start at 9 a.m. and continue all day at the Warrior Fieldhouse.

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