By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid’s wrestlers may not win the war at No. 5 Sand Springs tonight, but they hope to win some battles that may pay off in the future.
Two of the three Plainsmen ranked
by the Oklahoma Wrestling website — Zach Overbeck, No. 10, 195 and Jake Scott, No. 4, 220, will be facing challenges.
Scott goes against No. 5-ranked Kyle Childers, a wrestler Scott has had success against in the past.
“But that kid (Childers) is pretty tough,’’ said EHS coach Jory Dick.
Overbeck will be going against No. 4-ranked Peyton Ayers. A win could help Over-beck get a seed for next month’s regionals.
“I think we have a good chance there,’’ Dick said, “but standings don’t mean anything now. We want to be in the final standings in February.’’
Plainsmen 126-pounder Billy Grothe was in the rankings for the first time at No. 7.
“That’s a good deal,’’ Dick said.
The Plainsmen will be going void at two weights — 106 and 120. Dick chose to send freshmen regulars Joe D’Auteuil and Gabe Farias to a freshman tournament at Hinton instead.
“That was a long-term decision,’’ Dick said. “They need time to grow as wrestlers. We have a ton of young guys on the team. If we don’t give them a chance to succeed, they will never be where we need to be.’’
D’Auteuil got his first wins of the season at a JV tournament in El Reno recently.
“The Hinton tournament is always a great tournament for our program,’’ Dick said. “It’s a place where they can get their feet wet and have some fun. They will be with our junior high kids, so it’s a chance for them to be leaders for a change.’’
Enid is 0-5 against Oklahoma teams in duals this season. All five losses were against teams ranked in the top 10 in their class: Sapulpa, No. 7; Ponca City, No. 5 and Stillwater, No. 8, 6A; Blackwell, No. 3, 4A; and Claremore, No. 10, 5A.
“We’re not quite a dual team yet,’’ Dick said, “but we have some standouts. Even the guys who haven’t won as much as they would have liked to, are still twice as good as they were last year. You can’t get better if you don’t gradually get tougher and tougher.’’
The rest of the EHS lineup will have Troy Gray at 113, Scott Phillips at 132, John Choi at 138, Anthony Gonzales at 145, Keegan Clayton at 152, Hunter Nixon at 160, Hank Schulz at 170, Andy Reyes at 182 and Mason Dillard at heavyweight.
Other ranked Sand Springs wrestlers are Dylan Kinser, No. 6, 106; Cody Kastetter, No. 3, 120; E. Reeder, No. 8, 152; and Nick Beashead, No. 5, 285.
“We have had three great days of practice,’’ Dick said. “We’re excited about that.’’