Plainview Indians Wrestling – Presented by Carter County Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM

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Plainview High School wrestling has their share of state champions in recent years. Zach Atencio, Dylan Lucas, Ty Lucas, Jaxson Roney and Tanner O’Neal, all etched their names in the record books. 

This season the Indians would send three wrestlers to the state tournament at the Big House in Oklahoma City. Two of which are freshmen. 

Head coach Ryan Henning, assisted by coach Devin Martinez, knew their wrestlers were up against some of the best in the state, as each wrestlers bracket featured several wrestlers with 30-plus win seasons, some 40-plus winners as well. 

Nick Vercelli

Senior Nick Vercelli had a tough draw in the 120-pound bracket facing Alex Prince, a junior from Vinita High School. Prince would go on to win the 120-pound Class 3A title as Vercelli won his first consolation bout over Logan Smith of Perry. The 4-3 decision placed Vercelli in the consolation semifinals where he would face Luke Collett, a one-seed, from Checotah. Collett, a junior would finish fourth as Vercelli’s run came to an end. Vercelli finished his final season at Plainview with a record of 35-14. 

Jeston Gilliam

Jeston Gilliam was the only freshman in the 195-pound bracket for Class 3A. Gilliam faced Simeon Shepherd of Tonkawa in the first round and the senior would get the best of Gilliam sending him to the consolation side of the bracket. That’s when Gilliam picked up his first state tournament round win by defeating Caeden Guthary of Little Axe by pin fall. That win meant Gilliam would square off against senior Denver Dahlenburg of Hinton. Dahlenburg lost in the championship semis before defeating Gilliam and eventually taking fourth place overall. Gilliam finished his first season of varsity wrestling as a state qualifier with a record of 32-12. 

Lane Johnson

Another freshman, Lane Johnson, grabbed a spot in the wrestle-in pigtail on the 170-pound bracket. Johnson, an exciting up and comer, lost his bout to Ryan Locke, a junior from Newkirk. Johnson finished his first season with a record of 17-18. 

While the Plainview Indians may not have crowned a champion or registered a state placer, one thing is certain; the tradition of excellence is alive and well in Plainview. Look for these young guns to continue making a statement as they push to etch their names in the record books and bring another state champion to Plainview.

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