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January 22, 2013

Dillard's fall gives Plainsmen matmen win over Boomers

ENID, Okla. — From staff reports

Life continues to be good for Enid heavyweight Mason Dillard.

Dillard, who earned his first high school wrestling medal last weekend at the Coweta Tournament, pinned Tafton Reynolds to give the Plainsmen a 42-36 win over Woodward Tuesday at the Waller Middle School gym.

Dillard stopped Woodward’s Tafton Reynolds.

“He was out for blood,’’ said Enid coach Jory Dick. “He wanted it. He took him down and rode him and worked him over.’’

Dillard didn’t start to wrestle until this year, but had the poise of a veteran Tuesday, Dick said.

“He looked like he had been wrestling for years,’’ he said. “It doesn’t get any better than watching a young athlete do things that you have been working with them on and seeing it work for them.’’

The Plainsmen were wrestling without five starters, including three ranked statewide (126-pounder Billy Grothe, 195-pounder Zach Overbeck and 220-pounder Jake Scott).

Enid got falls from 160-pounder Hunter Nixon and 170-pounder Hank Schulz. Nixon flattened Tyler Tuck. Clayton stopped Cole Reynolds.

“Every fall we got was very technical,’’ Dick said. “We took the guy down, rode him, turned him and pinned him. It wasn’t like we caught a guy on his back. That was the technique we had been working on all year.’’

Getting forfeits were Joe D’Auteuil at 106, Troy Gray at 113 and Keegan Clayton at 152. Woodward’s points came on five falls and a forfeit.

It was the first time EHS had beaten an Oklahoma opponent this fall.

“It was good to be able to celebrate and let them enjoy the win,’’ Dick said. “What made it more special was knowing we were without three ranked wrestlers.’’

Dick praised assistant coaches Corey Clayton and Trent Holland for their work in the wrestling room.

“We were brainstorming to come up with stuff to work on,’’ Dick said. “We hammered it into them. I’m blessed to have two great assistants. This isn’t a one-man show. It’s a group effort. They put a lot of hours into it.’’

Because of the injuries and illness, Enid canceled its Senior Night activities. They have been rescheduled for next Tuesday when EHS hosts Owasso.,

The Plainsmen will go to Midwest City Thursday for duals with the host Bombers, Putnam City West and Norman North.

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