NORMAN — It’s Norman High, not Norman North, still with an even or better shot to reach Class 6A Dual State, needing only to knock off Midwest City next week when the two programs meet Tuesday night.
Of course, that was cold comfort inside the NHS Gym Thursday, were Norman North once again re-established its Crossotwn Clash mat dominance, handling the Tigers without great difficulty 44-24.
“It was very disappointing,” NHS coach Bo Maynes said. “We really thought we were going to have an opportunity to win.”
Maynes thought so even though the flu caused him to hold back Jordan Townsend at 132 pounds and, because of a dislocated elbow, Peter Hardisty at 152.
Instead, though many of the bouts were good ones, hard-fought and competitive, it was the Timberwolves who came out ahead in almost all of them.
“The kids wanted this one real bad,” North coach Greg Henning said. “They went out there and fought their hardest … All of our front-runners did a real good job; they had to win and they did.”
A few of the bouts may still be getting talked about in the two schools’ hallways today.
The most compelling arrived at 182 pounds, where NHS’ Collin Kappel was a little better than North’s Colton Jones, securing an 11-7 decision.
Jones, Henning said, weighed in at just 164 and was grappling up in a big way. So there was that. Then, though Kappel secured the first two points with a takedown, the next six points of the bout were all scored via reversals, which almost never happens.
Additionally, so hard fought, with 19 seconds remaining in the second period, both wrestlers asked for injury timeouts so they could station themselves above trash bins, thinking they were about to throw up from the effort.
The most stunning bout belonged to North, at 126, where Justin Furr pinned Lucas Stanfield.