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Maldonado/Santos Crowned State Champions

Lawton MacArthur’s Christian Maldonado grabbed the 170-pound title going 35-4 on the season, while picking up two pinfall victories in the tournament before defeating Braden Culp of Piedmont, 5-1 in the finals. The win marks the first state title for Maldonado who ends his wrestling career as a state champion. 

Matthew Santos had a similar path to the title at 195-pounds as he defeated Caleb Dickerson of Altus in overtime to win his first state title. The junior pinned his first two opponents of the meet before grabbing the gold at 195. Santos finishes the season with a record of 30-5. 

Two-time champion Montana Phillips was going for number three pinning his first two opponents, but in the finals against Josh Heindselman of Piedmont, Phillips would come up short. The storied career of Phillips would end with a state runner-up title and a record of 26-6 for his final season. 

Matt Woods grabbed a third place finish at 220-pounds by defeating Caleb Phillips of Coweta in the consolation finals. The senior would finish the season at 29-7. Nathan Atwood also placed for MacArthur taking fourth at 160-pounds. Atwood finished his junior year with a record of 29-12. 

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Eisenhower Sends Three To State 

Head coach of Eisenhower wrestling, Norman Williams, could look at the bracket draws and know his guys had an uphill climb, but he also knew they were tough enough to handle the pressure. The tough draw meant two of his three qualifiers would go down to the eventual champion. 

At 132-pounds, Wallace Cofield won his wrestle-in bout against Michael Richardson from Pryor by pinfall. That meant the junior would face Caleb Tanner of Collinsville. Tanner would go on to win the 132 Class 5A title after sending Cofield to the consolation side to face Carson Ferguson of Tahlequah. Cofield would end his campaign to become a state placer with a record of 28-9. 

Trevon Todd enjoyed some success at 170-pounds by defeating Isaac Strain of Tahlequah in the opening round by pinfall. In the championship semifinals, Todd would lose to Christian Maldonado of Lawton MacArthur, the eventual champion at 170. In the consolation semifinals, Todd faced Gabe Chesbro of Bishop Kelley. Chesbro would pull out the win and finish fourth overall. Todd ended his wrestling career with a record of 30-8 for his senior season. Josh Saldana also wrestled for Eisenhower at 113-pounds, but was defeated in his wrestle-in bout against Bronson Burcham of Coweta. 

Assisting Eisenhower this season was coach Aaron Martin. 

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Cache Bulldogs Place Three at State

Head coach Jimbo Smith and assistants Les Abbott and Roger McCardle placed three wrestlers at the state tournament in Oklahoma City. Bryce Harris placed fourth at 113-pounds. The sophomore finished the season with a record of 26-14. Another fourth place finisher was Saige Huyssoon at 182-pounds. Huyssoon recorded two pinfall wins on his way to the podium. Senior Duncan Shafer lost in the championship semifinals, but fought through the consolation side to take third over Kane Bowman of Wagoner. Shafer picked up the pinfall win for third and added to his 30-plus win season. 

Other wrestlers making the tournament for the Bulldogs included Clayton Lane at 106, Luke Hill at 126, Tyson Smith at 145, and Donovan Shafer at 160.