Picklo wins title, named top wrestler at event

Mustang’s Tate Picklo was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler and won a championship, headlining a group of seven other Broncos who placed last weekend in the prestigious Kansas City Stampede.
The nationally No. 8-ranked Picklo remained undefeated, dominating eight opponents at 182 pounds to run his record to 20-0 this season.
Picklo won in the finals with a 16-4 major decision of Connor Duffy, of Baylor, Tennessee.
The Bronco junior pinned six of eight foes in the tournament and won by a decision in the semifinals over Oklahoma State signee Trevor Dopps of Goddard, Kansas.
“Tate was dominant from the first whistle to the last whistle,” said his dad, Mustang coach Brian Picklo.
Brian Picklo was pleased with his team’s fourth-place finish.
Fifty teams from nine states competed in the meet, which was held in downtown Kansas City.
MHS placed in the team standings behind Liberty, Missouri, and Baylor, Tennessee. Tuttle placed third and Choctaw was fifth.
“Considering we were missing John Wiley (bursa sac surgery) and Keegan Luton (tendinitis), being able to perform that well as a team was good,” coach Picklo said. “That was a lot of points” out of the lineup.
Mustang’s Tucker Owens (120) and Judson Rowland (220) each lost in the finals to place second.
Rowland posted a 7-1 tournament record but lost the title in a 9-1 major decision to Cade Lautt, of St. James Academy in Kansas.
Jojo Sylvester placed fourth at 170, dropping a 4-2 decision in his last match to Choctaw’s Zeke Coleman.
MHS’ Jack Kitch-ingham went 7-1 and placed fifth at 195. He was pinned by No. 1-ranked Rocky Elam of Staley, Kansas, but won 9-2 over Deston Miller of Arkansas City, Kansas.
Mustang’s Shelton Chastain (113) placed ninth and Christian Rowland (heavyweight) placed 13th.
The Bronco wrestlers will return to action Jan. 7 when they visit Deer Creek.

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