The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 21, 2013

Wrestlers to honor seniors before dual with Woodward

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — By Bruce Campbell

Staff Writer



Enid’s wrestlers, coming off a ninth-place finish at the Coweta Tournament, will be celebrating Senior Night tonight when they host Woodward at Waller Middle School.

The junior high match starts at 6 p.m., followed by the Senior Night festivities and the high school dual.

EHS will honor the senior trio of 132-pounder Scott Phillips, 160-pounder Hunter Nixon and 220-pounder Jake Scott, who won’t wrestle because of illness.

“We want to pack it,’’ said EHS coach Jory Dick. “We want a standing-room-only crowd. Our guys are excited and have some confidence.’’

The Plainsmen are coming off a ninth-place finish at the Coweta Tournament last weekend — EHS had four medalists, including 195-pound champion Zack Overbeck.

Other medalists were Billy Grothe, fourth, 126; Keegan Clayton, fifth, 152; and Mason Dillard, sixth, heavyweight.

Phillips, a second-year wrestler, “has put his heart an soul into it,’’ Dick said.

Nixon has wrestled for Dick since he was a seventh-grader.

“He’s really come into his own,’’ said Dick of Nixon, who reached the consolation quarterfinals at Coweta.

Scott was a state qualifier at 220, and currently ia ranked fourth in 6A by the Oklahoma Wrestling website.

“Him being a captain, we’re going to miss him,’’ Dick said. “We’re hoping he can make an appearance.’’

Enid beat Woodward 39-33 in a dual last season. The Boomers are Enid’s first Oklahoma opponent  not ranked in the top 10 in their class.

“We drew this schedule up for a reason,’’ Dick said. “If everyone takes care of their own match, everything should take care of itself and we should come up with a win.’’

Woodward has “some holes in their lineup,’’ Dick sad. The Boomers have some quality, too, such as 113-pounder Trevyn DeLong and 132-pounder Zack Ogden.

“They are going through a coaching change which is always difficult,’’ Dick said. “They come over and freestyle with us in the summer, so we know their kids are going to do some things.’’

Dick said he’s undecided who will take Scott’s place in the lineup.

The rest of the EHS probable lineup has Joe D’Auteuvil, 103; Troy Gray, 113; Gabe Farias, 120; John Choi, 138; Anthony Gonzales, 145; Hank Schulz, 170; and Anthony Reyes, 182.