By Matt Goisman
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.
The Jets may have an advantage in the heavier weight classes, however, as the Buffs skipped the 195-pound class and failed to place in the 285-pound class. But the Buffs may be deeper in the lighter classes, placing fourth or better in the lightest five weight classes.
Western Heights won the 120-pound class, but it also had two wrestlers finish seventh or eighth in those same five lightweight classes.
Full results from the championship round:
• 106 pounds: Tristan Cortez (Kingfisher) defeated Jonathan Fuller (Ada)
• 113 pounds: Maddie Roney (Kingfisher) def. Hunter Smith (McAlester)
• 120 pounds: DJ Hendrickson (Western Heights) def. Devin Anderson (Poteau)
• 126 pounds: Donald Cannon (McAlester) def. Zech Vanfleet (Tahlequah)
• 132 pounds: Hunter Scott (McAlester) def. Chandler Fernandez (Durant)
• 138 pounds: Jared Woods (Durant) def. Sam Shore (Poteau)
• 145 pounds: Mitch Sellers (Tahlequah) def. Jim Wilson (Cleveland)
• 152 pounds: Heston Lemons (Tahlequah) def. Tyler Myles (Cleveland)
• 160 pounds: Reese Davies (Tahlequah) def. Dakota Hewitt (Cleveland)
• 170 pounds: Levi Grimes (Ada) vs. Nick Smith (Kingfisher)
• 182 pounds: Brice Inbody (Bishop Kelley) def. Harley Stanley (Western Heights)
• 195 pounds: Royce Garvin (Ada) def. Matt Smith (Bishop Kelley)
• 220 pounds: Blaise Gorges (Durant) def. Riley Smith (McAlester)
• 285 pounds: Cory Burnett (Western Heights) def. Marwin Dickerson (Ada)
Tahlequah finished third with 176 points, followed by Durant with 153. Kingfisher finished fifth, Ada finished sixth, Cleveland finished seventh, Poteau finished eighth, Ardmore finished ninth, Bishop Kelley finished 10th and Talihina finished 11th.
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