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December 20, 2012

EHS matmen fall at Ponca

PONCA CITY, Okla. — — Enid’s wrestlers came away with what coach Jory Dick felt was a “moral victory’’ in a 54-18 loss to No. 4-ranked Ponca City Thursday.

The Plainsmen won five of the 11 contested matches, including three against Wildcat wrestlers who were ranked in the top eight in 6A by the Oklahoma Wrestling website.

Ponca City benefited from four forfeits and four falls, three of which were against freshmen.

“Take away the forfeits and it was a pretty dang good dual,’’ Dick said. “They (Ponca City) were on roll having beaten Sapulpa (which beat EHS 54-15). I’m extremely proud of my guys.’’

Jake Scott, ranked No. 3 by Oklahoma Wrestling, beat No. 4-ranked Jakota Bridges 6-3 at 220 pounds in the feature dual of the evening.

“Jake wrestled tough,’’ Dick said. “I had no doubt that he could hang with him.’’

Zach Overbeck, after giving up a takedown in the first 10 seconds of the match, pinned Jordan Kimbrell in the second period at 195. Kimbrell came into the match ranked No. 8 by Oklahoma Wrestling.

Billy Grothe, at 126, won his eighth straight match by beating Caleb Burns, 7-2.

Junior 152-pounder Keegan Clayton (2-0) and 170-pounder Hunter Nixon (5-4), wrestling up a weight, were Enid’s other winners. Keegan is 3-0 in duals against Oklahoma opponents.

The Plainsmen were wrestling without three starters — Tony Salcido at 138, Scott Phillips at 132 and Joe D’Auteuil at 106.

“The forfeits really hurt,’’ Dick said. “Take away those and it’s a lot closer dual.

 The Plainsmen will resume practice on Dec. 26. They will work out through the Christmas holidays in preparation for the Geary Tournament Jan. 4-5.

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