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March 2, 2014

Latham wins his second, Tuttle cleans up at state wrestling

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tuttle finished as big winners with six champions and their sixth straight team title at the State Tournament finals on Saturday.

But the big name for Chickasha was Josh Latham, who secured his second consecutive state title at 195-pounds, beating Del City’s Nate Daniels in the final. It was an appropriate ending for Latham, who has become somewhat of a takedown expert over the course of the season. The senior wrapped up his title with a pin just 1:42 into the first round.

Joining him with a medal was junior Riley Williams, who secured third place by winning the consolation bracket earlier in the day at the Oklahoma City Fair Grounds.

Braden Stringer put his name into the Blanchard history books, winning the programs first ever state title at 170-pounds with a 4-1 decision over Brandon Street of Vinita.

But the big winners on the night were Tuttle, who lifted their sixth team title in as many years. Coached by former Fightin’ Chick Matt Surber, the Tigers found themselves on the top of the podium six times on the night. Included in that mix is the No. 19 wrestler in the nation, senior Dakota Head, who became a two-time state champion by beating Tyler Myles of Cleveland at 152-pounds.

For complete coverage of the state tournament, check out the Tuesday edition of the Express-Star.

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