The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2013

Enid's Gonzalez earns bid to state wrestling tourney

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s Anthony Gonzalez is headed to the state wrestling tournament.

Gonzalez, who placed fifth at 145 pounds at last weekend’s regional at Bixby, was added to the field when an eastern qualifier was ruled ineligible.

“That is good news,’’ said Enid coach Jory Dick. “I’m really excited for him. It’s something for him to wrestle at state as a freshman.

Gonzalez had been working out in anticipation of a wrestler having to drop out.

Gonzalez (13-9) will wrestle Evan Wilson of Midwest City (24-10), the western runner-up, in the first round Friday at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Arena.

 That winner faces the winner between eastern champion Tanner Bailey of Broken Arrow (32-4) and Zac Julian of Mustang (29-11) in the semifinals. The losers face each other in consolations

Gonzalez has not faced Wilson this season. He is the first EHS freshman to make the state tournament.

He joins junior 126-pounder Billy Grothe and 220-pounder Jake Scott in the field. It’s the first time EHS has had three state qualifiers.

Scott reached the semifinals last season before losing two matches in consolations.