North also brought two freshmen to the event for the first time in school history and both got a good taste of what to expect in future years.
At 113, Sam Avant debuted with a 9-1 major decision against Stillwater’s Tyler Dieringer, then fell 22-7 to nationally-ranked Daton Fix in the semifinals.
Gage Johnson dropped a 7-1 decision in his opener to Que Overton of Jenks, then fell victim to a reversal in the closing seconds to Muskogee’s Adonis Cole to drop a 6-2 decision in the consolations. Johnson was the only freshman in the heavyweight division.
Norman High will send only one of its contingent of three wrestlers on into Saturday’s action. Junior Daniel Mbainyel bounced back from an opening loss to defeat Choctaw’s Thomas McGrath 12-6 in the consolations. Senior teammates Isaiah Davis at 160 and Lane Stephens at 170 each suffered back-to-back losses and were eliminated.
The Moore schools were well-represented with 13 total wrestlers among them in the 6A draw, but the two Southmoore wrestlers, two Westmoore competitors and Moore’s McKale Washington who won their opening matches all were defeated in the semifinals.
Part of the problem for the big schools is the level of competition at the top, where Stillwater, Edmond North and Broken Arrow are all ranked among the nation’s elite. That trio of schools landed 16 of the 28 slots in tonight’s 6A championship matches.
Noble made some noise in the first day in the 5A tournament, with Dakota Boxwell opening with a 9-5 upset of east regional champion Eli Hooks of Deer Creek. He then had a near-takedown in the closing seconds of a 2-1 semifinal loss to Del City’s Nate Daniels.
Noble’s Shelby Greeson came back from an opening defeat at 132 to pin Coweta’s Dolan Calico and stay alive in the consolations.