The Altus High School wrestlers won Regionals last week at Western Heights. The Bulldogs narrowly outscored the Highlanders from Lawton MacArthur to qualify nine Bulldogs for the state competition this weekend at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Bulldogs have two returning state champions. Montorie Bridges is looking to repeat from his title last year. Taven Birdow looks to repeat on his championship two years ago after his sophomore year in 2014.
I consider it more evidence of Taven’s extremely high level of athletic ability and work ethic to be able to take a year off from wrestling last year at IMG Academy then be able to compete at the top of 5A wrestling in Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs return two state runner-ups from a year ago. Gage Gomez and Keegan Pride were runners-up in 2015. Austin Baldwin is a returning placer from 2014.
The Bulldogs have three returning State qualifiers:Omar Pollard, Shannon Ybarra and Mikey Abuan.
Two Bulldogs will be competing at the state tournament for the first time. Jamie Craig and Kamron Canchola look to add some much needed points for the Bulldogs in early round match-ups that could have a huge impact on team standings.
The Bulldogs will need to every wrestler competing to be on top of their game at this level.
The Bulldogs are expecting to have multiple wrestlers in the finals. A few Bulldogs are likely to have some semi-final matchups that will tip the team points hopefully towards the blue side.
Keegan will most likely have Coweta kid in semi-finals that won state last year and beat Keegan at Dual State. Mikey will likely face the Collinsville kid that won state and beat Mikey at State last year in overtime. Shannon has Collinsville kid first match that beat Shannon 5-0 last year at State.
Anything can happen at state.
West Regional Recap: Team Standings
1. Altus – 240.5 points, 2. Lawton Mac – 233.5 points, 3. Piedmont – 233 points, 4. Del City 150 points.
Wrestlers qualifying for state:
Altus -10, Lawton Mac – 9, Piedmont-10 and Del City – 7
West Regional placings:
Altus Regional Champions: Gage Gomez – 113 lbs., Montorie Bridges – 126 lbs., Taven Birdow – 220 lbs.
West Regional placings
Altus Regional runners-up: Omar Pollard 120 – lbs., Mikey Abuan – 152 lbs., Shannon Ybarra – 170 lbs., Austin Baldwin – 195 lbs., Keegan Pride – 285 lbs.
West Regional Placings
Altus Regionals in third place Kamron Canchola – 182 lbs. and 4th place – Jamie Craig – 132 lbs.
State Tournament 1st Round Match ups:
113 Gage Gomez Altus 32-9 Jr. vs Ty Nohelty McAlester 19-7 Fr.
120 Omar Pollard Altus 33-12 Jr. vs Dillon Prutch Coweta 28-10 Sr.
126 Montorie Bridges Altus 46-2 Sr. vs Gage Hight Glenpool 29-8 Fr.
132 Jamie Craig Altus 34-13 Sr. vs Nate Keim Collinsville 42-6 Jr. 152
Mikey Abuan Altus 36-8 Sr. vs Josh Parziale Claremoore 23-8 Jr.
170 Shannon Ybarra Altus 32-7 Sr. vs Josh Arnold Collinsville 37-12 Sr.
182 Kamron Canchala Altus 32-7 Jr. vs Andrew Gossett Glenpool 33-8 Sr.
195 Austin Baldwin Altus 31-8 Jr. vs Kole Rollins McAlster 38-5 Sr.
220 Taven Birdow Altus 34-2 Sr. vs Cole Clemons Coweta 24-17 Jr.
285 Keegan Pride Altus 27-6 Jr. vs Nevin Henson Pryor 32-9 So.
East Regional Team Placings:
1. – Coweta – 256.5, 2. – Collinsville – 216.5, 3. – Duncan – 153 and 4. – Pryor – 120
Coweta qualified 12, Collinsville 11, Duncan 6 and Pryor 5.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076