Buffs junior Riley Smith, meanwhile, just joined the team, his football season having ended Saturday. Despite a lack of practice, Smith still scored the quickest win of the night, almost immediately taking down Josiah Gauger, then pinning him 42 seconds into the first round to win the 220-pound weight class and cut the deficit to 39-13.
“I think he’s also in our kid’s head, because our kid knew that was Riley Smith, (who placed) third in the state last year,” White said. “That’s huge in this sport; it’s so mental.
“I was impressed overall. I was impressed with our effort, and it’s something we can build off of, for sure.”
No Tiger pinned a Buff wrestler in the first round, but Grubbs led his team by pinning Richard Plancarte 21 seconds into the second round of the 145-pound match. Grubbs nearly pinned Plancarte twice in the first round, scoring a two-point and a three-point near-fall and leading 7-0 after the first round.
“If you break your guy in the first period, then that second period, they’re going to be coming out there and the whole mindset’s going to be different,” Grubbs said.
While in most cases whoever won the first round ultimately won the match, McAlester 170-pound wrestler Kole Rollins proved to be the exception, winning his first varsity match. Down 2-1 after the first round, Rollins scored a two-point near-fall in the second to go up 3-2, then ultimately won 4-2 when Pryor gave him an automatic escape before the third round but couldn’t tie the match with a takedown.
“I kinda just kept my cool and knew that I’ve come back in matches before and didn’t give up,” Rollins said.
“I was able to keep him on his back for a two-count.”