Yukon took six wrestlers to the 6A State Championship Wrestling Tournament this past weekend and three placed in their weight classes.
Chase Vincent made it to the championship match at 160 pounds for the second-straight year, but for the second straight year, the Miller grappler fell to Choctaw’s Jaryn Curry 7-3.
In his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, Vincent took on Stillwater’s Connor Wilcoxen and Broken Arrow’s Caleb Wise. He won those matches 1-0 and 6-4 to advance to the title match.
At 106 pounds, Yukon had Braden Fowler go into the 6A state tournament as the No. 1 seed from the west side. Fowler went 2-2 in the tournament and took fourth place.
In his first match, Fowler defeated Bartlesville’s Corwin Strachan with a first-period fall. In the semifinal match, he took on Edmond Memorial’s Garrett Steidley and fell 4-3 in a close match.
Following the semifinal loss, Fowler moved to the consolation bracket where he took on Broken Arrow’s Jackson Cockrell in the consolation semifinals. Fowler defeated Cockrell with a second-period fall.
In the consolation finals to determine the third and fourth-place placers, Fowler took on Union’s T.J. Long and lost the match in overtime after leading for the majority of the bout.
At 145 pounds, the Millers had defending state champion Jaxen Gilmore on the mat. By Gilmore’s standards, it wasn’t the tournament he wanted, as the junior went 2-2 and took fourth-place.
In the quarterfinal match, it looked like Gilmore was on his way to capturing back-to-back state titles with a 6-2 win over Broken Arrow’s Brady Maltioda. However, in the semifinal match is where things took a wrong turn for Gilmore. He took on Sand Springs’ Beau Bratcher and dropped a tight match 5-4.
Gilmore was shifted the consolation bracket after the semifinal loss and he took on Owasso’s Brandon Conrad in the consolation semifinals. He defeated the Owasso wrestler with a first-period fall. Gilmore took on Westmoore’s Zachary Johnson in the consolation finals to decide third and fourth-place. He dropped the match 6-2.
At 113 pounds, Studd Morris wrestlers for Yukon and went 0-2. Morris lost 16-5 to Sapulpa’s Brandon Blouse and then fell 12-3 to Bartlesville’s Brayden Strachan.
At 120 pounds, Noah Hanscom wrestled for the Millers. Hanscom went 0-2 in the tournament with losses to Broken Arrow’s Tyler Lawley in a second-period fall and Mustang’s Joe Lupton by a score of 9-2.
At 150 pounds, Baywiin Hollinshead was on the mat for Yukon and went 0-2 in the tournament. Hollinshead lost to Enid’s Austin Loza by a score of 8-3 and then to Westmoore’s Ryan Swanson at 5-2.
In the team standings, Yukon took eighth-place along with Ponca City and Westmoore. Sand Springs won the 6A state championship.
Broken Arrow took second-place, Choctaw finished in third-place, Edmond North placed fourth, Stillwater took fifth-place, Mustang finished in sixth-place, Owasso placed seventh, Midwest City took 11th place, Norman North finished in 12th place, Edmond Memorial placed 13th, Putnam City took 14th place, Deer Creek finished 15th place, Enid placed 16th, Sapulpa took 17th place, Union finished in 18th place, Bartlesville placed 19th, Bixby took 20th place, Edmond Santa Fe finished in 21st place, Moore placed 22nd, Norman took 23rd place and Muskogee and Putnam City North finished tied in 24th place.