McALESTER — If the McAlester Buffaloes want to reach this year’s dual-state tournament, they’ll need to first beat district opponent Western Heights.
The McAlester Open wrestling tournament showed the Buffs still have some work to do in order to catch the Jets.
Western Heights won two weight classes and finished in the top four in seven others, helping them score 192 team points and win the McAlester Open on Saturday at Bob Brumley Gymnasium.
McAlester finished second with 184 points. The Buffs also won two weight classes, but they had only five top-four finishes in other classes.
Western Heights wrestler DJ Hendrickson won the 120-pound weight class, and teammate Cory Burnett won the 285-pound weight-class. Harce Stanley took second in the 182-pound class, and three Jets finished third: Jacob Lopez in the 113-pound class; Marco Marquez in the 138-pound class; and Dylan Buxton in the 170-pound class.
The Jets also got fourth-place finishes from Adrian Macias at 126, Abraham Esparza at 195 and Tristan Gist at 220 pounds. Esparza’s finish may have been especially helpful for the Jets, as the Buffs didn’t enter a 195-pound wrestler.
Donald Cannon and Hunter Scott led the way for the Buffs, winning the 126- and 132-pound weight classes, respectively. Hunter Smith took second at 113, and Riley Smith took second at 220 pounds.
Dalton Rippy finished third at 106, Jeremy Thomas finished fourth at 120 and Kole Rollins finished fourth at 170. Other Buffs to place included Cody Scott taking fifth at 138, Blake Scott taking fifth at 152, Jonathan Herrick taking sixth at 160, and James Remedi taking eighth at 182 pounds.
No Western Heights wrestler faced a McAlester wrestler in the finals, making it difficult to draw too many conclusions on how the two teams stack up against each other. Buxton beat Rollins in the third-place match of the 170-pound weight class.