Collinsville varsity wrestlers are making a path to Dual State and the State Tournament. With lots of holes in the lineup, the great coaching strategies are showing. With great coaching and fantastic wrestlers, Collinsville defeated every opponent in their District Quad and had several finalists in the Yukon Tournament. Thursday evening, the Cards returned home for their Tri-Dual, Homecoming, and Senior Night against the Claremore Zebras and the Glenpool Warriors.
The Cardinals and Warriors took the mats first. After losing Kaden Jones at HWT due to an arm injury, and Zach Morris at 220 lbs, Collinsville gave up three additional forfeits. Giving away 30 points due to forfeits, the Cards would have to receive victory by pin-fall at nearly every weight. Garrett Strickland was the first to complete the tasks for Collinsville. Strickland quickly pinned his opponent, at 106 lbs, early in the first period. Rocky Stevens, at 113 lbs, didn’t get the full 6 team points, but he got the 5 team points for a victory by technical fall, after shutting out his opponent 15-0. The Warriors came on the board after a forfeit at 120 lbs, but their points did not continue as No. 5 nationally ranked Caleb Tanner pinned his challenger in the early seconds of the second period.
Collinsville’s rush of points didn’t stop. Connor Henson received the victory by major decision at 132 lbs. At 138lbs, Homecoming King Xavear Cullors, claimed the win by tech-fall with an 18-1 match score. But at 145 lbs, Collinsville received a big shock. Kolten Allphin lost in the final seconds of his match by take-down. The final score of his match was 7-9.
Tony Connor gave a swift six points to his team, after easily pinning his opponent at 152 lbs. Blake Nation, at 160 lbs, trailed his opponent 0-4 as they entered the final period. All seemed lost, until Nation flipped his opponent to his back and claimed victory by pin-fall. At 170 lbs, Hayden Knight needed a win. Knight shocked the crowd as the Junior wrestler pinned his opponent from Glenpool.
Collinsville claimed a major victory against Glenpool, with a final score of 44-33. After the Warriors and Zebras dueled, the Cards faced Claremore.
Going into the dual against the Zebras, they had a little more leeway with Claremore’s forfeits. Garrett Strickland received a forfeit at 106 lbs, and both teams gave a double forfeit at 113 lbs. The Cards bumped up Rocky Stevens to 120 lbs where he won by decision over his opponent.
Collinsville had a decent lead over the Zebras. It continued with two victories by pin-fall by Caleb Tanner and Connor Henson, and another 6 team points with Xavear Cullors receiving the forfeit at 138 lbs. Kolten Allphin gave another big 6 team points after an immediate pin over his opponent at 145 lbs. Zebras deficit grew even more after some unsportsmanlike conduct called by the official, deducting one team point way from Claremore.
Tony Connor, at 152 lbs, wrestled a close match, but claimed the win at 5-4. Blake Nation at 160 lbs, and Hayden Knight at 170lbs both lost at the final seconds of their matches. Nation by a minor decision of 4-5, and Knight by pin-fall.
Even with their final wins and forfeits, the Zebras still fell short to the Cardinals. The varsity wrestlers left their second dual of the night with a winning score of 37-32. The Wrestlers have once again sealed their place in Dual State and have made their challenging opponents fear them in the soon to come State Tournament. Only time will tell if this success continues for the renown Cardinal wrestlers.