AHS wrestlers completely dominant in Districts


Brad Gilbert - bgilbert@civitasmedia.com



Nathan Baumgartner elevates this Ike wrestler for the two-point takedown.


Coach Nick Williams and the Bulldog bench observe the action.


Kamron Canchola gets the two-point takedown before he pinned his opponent.


Keegan Pride is wondering what the ref is waiting for before calling the pin victory.


This one had to hurt. Taven Birdow slams his opponent to the mat.


The second slam by Taven Birdow was much gentler than the first.


Taven Birdow’s second slam put him in this position. There was nothing the Carl Albert wrestler could do at this point and Taven got the pin.


The Bulldog crowd takes in the last match of the night between the big boys.


Keegan Pride’s final match against Carl Albert was probably the highlight of the evening. Keegan eventually got the pin.


Coach Nick Williams addresses his team after the complete AHS dominance in the three District matches.


The District wrestling duals at Altus High School was almost laughable. This bunch of wrestlers was completely dominant winning over El-Reno 78-0, Lawton Eisenhower 72-3, Carl Albert 73-0.

At times, these Bulldogs seem to toy with their opponents. At other times, they pinned their counterparts within seconds and the evening kept a good flow.

“We usually get through the District competition without much trouble,” said coach Nick Williams.

Since Altus won Districts, they now advance to the State Dual meet in Shawnee on Feb. 12 and 13.

Before then, you have two more chances to see the Bulldogs battle here at Cletus B. Street Field house on the AHS campus. Feb. 2 Altus will host Clinton, and Feb. 9 Altus will host Lawton High.

Get out to see these kids compete. They will make you proud.

FYI – The Bulldogs are currently ranked #2 in class 5A with a record of 17-1. Guess who is #1? – Collinsville!

That’s right. The best two teams in 5A wrestling are Collinsville and Altus. We may have a possible meeting of the two schools for the title yet again. There is much competition between now and then. So, we don’t want to get caught looking ahead. However, if that happens, it would make an interesting story for sure. In fact the four best teams in class 5A wrestling are Altus, Collinsville, Coweta and Lawton Macarthur. If you are wondering if the strength of the wrestling program has anything to do with the success of a football team, I think we have our answer.

GO BULLDOGS!!

Nathan Baumgartner elevates this Ike wrestler for the two-point takedown.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_1Nathan.jpgNathan Baumgartner elevates this Ike wrestler for the two-point takedown.

Coach Nick Williams and the Bulldog bench observe the action.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_2Nick.jpgCoach Nick Williams and the Bulldog bench observe the action.

Kamron Canchola gets the two-point takedown before he pinned his opponent.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_3Kamron.jpgKamron Canchola gets the two-point takedown before he pinned his opponent.

Keegan Pride is wondering what the ref is waiting for before calling the pin victory.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_4Keegan.jpgKeegan Pride is wondering what the ref is waiting for before calling the pin victory.

This one had to hurt. Taven Birdow slams his opponent to the mat.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_5Taven.jpgThis one had to hurt. Taven Birdow slams his opponent to the mat.

The second slam by Taven Birdow was much gentler than the first.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_6taven.jpgThe second slam by Taven Birdow was much gentler than the first.

Taven Birdow’s second slam put him in this position. There was nothing the Carl Albert wrestler could do at this point and Taven got the pin.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_7taven.jpgTaven Birdow’s second slam put him in this position. There was nothing the Carl Albert wrestler could do at this point and Taven got the pin.

The Bulldog crowd takes in the last match of the night between the big boys.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_8keegan.jpgThe Bulldog crowd takes in the last match of the night between the big boys.

Keegan Pride’s final match against Carl Albert was probably the highlight of the evening. Keegan eventually got the pin.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_9Keegan.jpgKeegan Pride’s final match against Carl Albert was probably the highlight of the evening. Keegan eventually got the pin.

Coach Nick Williams addresses his team after the complete AHS dominance in the three District matches.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_10Keegan.jpgCoach Nick Williams addresses his team after the complete AHS dominance in the three District matches.

Brad Gilbert

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