OKLAHOMA CITY — Enid's wrestlers crowned three champions in finishing second to Putnam City North at the Oklahoma Big 10 Conference wrestling tournament Thursday at Putnam City West High School.
Daigen Gibbens (145), Chance Davis (160) and Cade Poschen (220) all took individuals titles for the Plainsmen, who were edged out by the Panthers by 11 points (185-174) for the team title.
EHS had three seconds — Trinit Zweifel (138), Tyler Holland (170) and Carlos Alvarado (182) along with one third — Hector Perez (106), two fourths — Aaron Dillard (132) and Dylan Baker (182) and two sixths — Braden Mendoza (132) and Carter McClish (285).
"The guys wrestled real well,'' said Enid coach Trent Holland. "It was good for them at this time of the season just to get some momentum going into the finishing part of the season. It will give them some confidence going into those duals (Stillwater, Tuesday and Glenpool Tournament) going into the regionals.''
Davis and Gibbens both pinned their way through the tournament.
Gibbens pinned Darian Dennis of Midwest City to capture his first high school tournament. Coach Holland was not surprised.
"He has been coming along well,'' he said. "He is beginning to finish better. He came in and wrestled tough.''
It was the second straight championship for Davis, who was coming off a title at last week's Jenks Tournament. He pinned Trey Harley of Putnam City North in the title bout.
Poschen claimed his first prep championship by defeating Octavius Toliver-Filen of Putnam North in the finals.
"He's been coming along in the room,'' said coach Holland. "He's learning some stuff and is getting a little better on his technique. He is becoming more physical.''
Zweifel fell to Jace Dean of Choctaw in the finals. Tyler Holland fell to Tyler Hunter of Putnam City in his final match. Alvarado lost to Lawton Eisenhower's James Hogg. Perez beat Putnam City's Gale Mendez for third. Dillard lost to James Ivy of Choctaw in his third-place match.
"It was great to have three champions, but we had some other guys step up too,'' said coach Holland. "It was good for those guys to get out and compete and do well.''
Coach Holland said the wrestlers are beginning to demonstrate what they are learning in the wrestling room.
"A lot of it is just more mat time,'' he said. "You can see them developing a few more skills along the way. The technique is getting better. You see the things they are working on in the room coming forward and they are doing well.''
EHS is scheduled to wrestle Stillwater at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Waller Middle School.
"You could tell how focused he was,'' said coach Holland