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February 22, 2013

Gonzalez surprises at state

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Enid’s Anthony Gonzalez surprised Midwest City’s Evan Wilson 5-3 in a first-round 145-pound match at the Class 6A wrestling tournament Friday.

Gonzalez was pinned by Tanner Bailey of Broken Arrow in 1:35 in the semifinals, but he remained alive for a possible medal today.

He will wrestle Jenks’ Jake Pattinson in a consolation semifinal. The two have split in matches this season.

Gonzalez (14-10), who was notified Tuesday he would be in the field, took down Wilson in overtime for the victory.

“He wrestled a really sound match,’’ said Enid coach Jory Dick. “You would expect him to have some nerves, but he wrestled like he has been doing this his entire life. He’s just a goer who doesn’t know how to lose.’’

Enid senior 220-pounder Jake Scott, wrestling at state for the second time, had a disappointing end to his career.

Scott (21-7) was pinned by Edmond North’s Andrew Dixon in 1:46 in the first round and by Bixby’s Nic Roller in 1:47 in consolations.

Junior 126-pounder Billy Grothe (25-11) also was two and out. He lost to Kendall Randall of Westmoore 6-2 in the first round and to Muskogee’s Matt Acee in consolations, 3-2.

Acee used an escape in sudden victory for the win. Randall had two takedowns on the edge of the mat.

“Billy wrestled well,’’ Dick said. “I’m super proud that we put three guys in the state tournament.’’

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