Chickasha's wrestling team won four championships and finished second overall at the Anadarko Christmas Classic Saturday.

Coach Chad Randle described it as a “bittersweet performance.”

“We had some kids put in some exceptional performances but some made some bad decisions that kept them from placing where they should have,” the coach said.

The Chicks put seven wrestlers into championship matches and came away with four titles - Daniel Ogle (145 lbs), Travis Wilkinson (152 lbs), Matt McNabb (171 lbs) and Tort Lacy (189 lbs).

Ogle earned the “Most Falls in the Least Amount of Time” award after pinning all five of his opponents and sticking Tuttle's Bobby Williams in the first period of the finals.

Wilkinson stuck three of his opponents and won twice by technical fall. His second technical fall came in the finals, with a dominating 19-3 win over Tuttle state medalist Zack Mincey. That win earned him the “Outstanding Wrestler (Upper Weights)” award from the coaches.

McNabb and Lacy each won their first regular season tournament titles Saturday. McNabb won with two pins and three decisions, including a 7-3 win over Norman's Saunders in the finals. Lacy had three pins and two decisions, beating the top seed in his weight class in the semis and the second seed 5-4 in the finals.

Alberto Wheeler (119 lbs), Xzavier Gray (160 lbs) and heavyweight Elvis Derr all won their first four matches but came up short in their championships for second-place finishes.

Wheeler pinned all four of his preliminary opponents but let his man back in late and lost a close final in overtime. Gray pinned two opponents on his way to his final but gave up a takedown and wasn't able to catch up. Derr faced some very good competition and wrestled well, but his opponent in the title match was able to hold him off, won the coin flip in overtime and came out with a close decision.

Jasper Welch placed third at 130 pounds. He went 4-1 with three pins and wrestled what Randle called a “tough, smart match” to win the bronze.

Austin McNatt (125 lbs) had a disappointing weekend and just didn't wrestle well. He finished fourth in his weight class.

Freshmen Cody Pool and Cory Beverly finished fourth and fifth at 112 pounds. Randle said he was pleased with their progress as they get some varsity experience and get better.

Joe Jones (135 lbs) made a lot of mistakes in his early match and didn't make the medal round, finishing at 2-2 for the tournament.

Charles Pendarvis pinned his Anadarko opponent for his first high school win and freshman Colton Hill placed fifth at 189 pounds.

“As a team I was a little disappointed with our effort,” Randle said. “I saw a lot of mistakes made by the team as a whole that should not be happening. They cost us matches that we should be winning. It's still early, though, and we'll be doing some specific training over the Christmas break to eliminate them.”

On a more positive note, he added that “the four kids that won gold definitely wrestled the best that they have all year. Hopefully they can keep that level for the rest of the year and give some of the others a desire to get there, too.”


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