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June 6, 2014

Oklahoma wins B.A.S.S. Nation tournament

McALESTER — Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation dominated Friday's final day of the Central Divisional tournament at Lake Eufaula, bringing 39 bass — 38 live — totaling 96 pounds and 3 ounces to claim first place. Oklahoma won with a three-day total of 257-13.

Kansas finished second with a three-day total of 215-4, bringing in 59-4 on the last day. Texas leapfrogged Louisiana and Arkansas into third place with a Day 3 total of 80-0 that brought its three-day total to 215-4.

Despite having the second-best Friday of any team with 86 pounds, 11 ounces, Missouri still finished last with 181-7.

Full team standings, according to

Place State Day 3 Total
1 Oklahoma 96-3 257-13
2 Kansas 59-4 215-4
3 Texas 80-0 212-1
4 Lousiana 73-10 211-7
5 Arkansas 73-3 207-7
6 Nebraska 56-12 186-9
7 Mississippi 72-8 182-8
8 Missouri 86-11 181-7

John Soukup brought in five bass weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces, finishing the tournament as OBN's top angler with 30-10 and advancing to November's national tournament. Billy Lemon finished second with 30-5, 12-8 of which came Friday.

McAlester's Jason Buller caught one fish weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces, Friday, to finish 10th among OBN adult anglers and 11th overall on the tea,.

Full Oklahoma standings:

Place Name Day 3 Total
1 John Soukup 12-10 30-10
2 Billy Lemon 12-8 30-5
3 Robert Degraffenreid 5-0 26-4
4 High school team - Valdez/Torkelson 13-13 22-15
5 Kris Lee 12-11 22-7
6 Troy Enmeier 8-4 22-2
7 Keith Blackstone 5-11 21-2
8 Brandon Pedigo 13-0 20-5
9 Bo MIddleton 5-0 17-5
10 Brent Malone 3-1 16-15
11 Jason Buller 1-8 11-6
12 Trevor Yates 3-1 8-15
13 Landon Dixon 0-0 7-2

Arkansas' Josh Wray won the individual competition with a three-day total of 41-5, 14-9 of which came Friday. Kansas' Preston Frazell finished second with 39-9, 11-3 of which came Friday, and Texas' Albert Collins finished third with 36-7, 13-8 of which came Friday.

Wray, Frazell, Collins, Soukup, Lousiana's David Cavell, Mississippi's Teb Jones, Missouri's Mark Wiese Jr. and Nebraska's Lee Wubbels all advanced to the national tournament.

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