By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Senior Night will be especially emotional for Enid coach Jory Dick, whose Plainsmen host Owasso tonight at Waller Middle School in their final home dual of the season.
The junior high match will be at 6 p.m., followed by Senior Night activities and then the high school dual.
Dick has coached 160-pounder Hunter Nixon and 220-pounder Jake Scott since the seventh grade. Scott Phillips, who will go at 132, is in his second year.
“I’ve been with Jake longer than any guy in the program,’’ Dick said. “We have grown really close. I’m going to miss him, not just because he’s a tough wrestler, but because he’s a great kid. His parents have had a huge impact on the program.’’
Nixon was Dick’s first junior high wrestler to have a winning record at the state tournament. Phillips “has a great personality and will go on to do great things,’’ Dick said.
Scott is the EHS student council president. Phillips is the treasurer.
“I think that shows what kind of kids we attract,’’ Dick said.
Senior Night had been scheduled last week before the Woodward dual, but was rescheduled because Scott was sick.
“I’m ready for this,’’ Scott said about his final home match. “I just hope we all do well. I want us to come out with a strong win together.’’
EHS will have its regular lineup after being slowed by injuries and illness last week. Billy Grothe (126) and Zack Overbeck (195) will return as well.
“I don’t worry about it when they have been gone only a week,’’ Dick said. “These are higher-level guys.’’
Scott is ranked No. 4 at 220 by the Oklahoma Wrestling website. Overbeck is No. 10 at 195 and Grothe No. 7 at 126.
Overbeck will face the Rams’ Tee Jay Aiono, a returning state qualifier who is ranked No. 6. Owasso has one other ranked wrestler — Jacob Fontanez, who is fourth at 120.
“Zack has been up and down with Tee Jay,’’ Dick said. “It’s going to be big for him as far as regional seedings are concerned.’’
Owasso is not ranked in the top 10. They are developing their program under new coach Derek Shine, formerly of Geary.
“They are not a Sapulpa or Ponca City,’’ Dick said, “but they will be a tough opponent. Our goal is for every guy to worry about his own match, and when everything os over, we’ll see what happens.’’
The rest of the EHS lineup will have Joe D’Auteuvil at 106, Troy Gray at 113, Gabe Farias at 120, John Choi or Clay Jackson at 138, Anthony Gonzales at 145, Keegan Clayton at 152, Hank Schulz at 170, Andy Reyes at 182 and Mason Dillard at heavyweight.
Grothe leads EHS with 17 wins, followed by Clayton with 15 and Scott 12. Overbeck has nine pins, followed by Scott with six and Schulz five. Clayton leads in takedowns with 21, followed by Grothe and Scott with 20 and Schulz with 18.