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Collinsville advanced out of the Class 5A district dual tournament held at Nathan Hale on Thursday by overwhelming margins, and now an awkward challenge begins.
The No. 2 Cardinals, six time defending dual state champs, are not in the sort of shape they would like to be for their return to the dual state meet Feb. 9 10 at Shawnee’s Firelake Arena.
Hale’s only points against the Cardinals came at 182 pounds, 195 pounds and heavyweight three weight classes Collinsville will likely have to forfeit from this point onward.
“We’re giving up a lot, especially with those weights empty,” Harding said. “Everybody just goes and wrestles the best they can and takes care of their job. And if they can get bonus, get bonus. And if they can get pins, get pins, and if our less experienced guys can stay off their back, we’ll see what happens.”
Tony Connor, a senior wrestling at 152, won with two pins and a forfeit Thursday. He said preparation for this year’s dual state tournament has changed.
“These past three years, I’ve never had big concerns going into dual state,” Connor said. “But now that we’re missing so many people, I’m not concerned about our wrestlers themselves, just the weights where we’re missing guys.”
At 182 pounds, Edison’s returning state champ Jerome Townsell is trying to regain his mentality as the hunter.
He improved to 20 1 with two wins Thursday night and has set out to avenge his only loss of the season, a pin suffered at the hands of Coweta’a Talon Borror.
“Happened so quickly,” Townsell said. “That match happened way too fast for me to even say I made a wrong choice. Next time I come up against this kid, I’m gonna take it a little slower and see what happens. He might not stay at 182 for regionals, who knows, but I’m accepting any way it works out.”
Borror pinned Townsell in the championship bout of Bristow’s Chuck West Tournament in December. Since placing in the state tournament as a freshman and sophomore, Townsell has felt the target on his back. He won a title in 2017 and longs to be in the hunt again.
“Now that I’m on the top, I hate being on the top, to be honest,” he said. “There’s nobody to aim for, until someone takes you out.”
Regionals are set for Feb. 16 17.
Collinsville 58, Nathan Hale 18
106: Garrett Strickland (C), p. James Hardesty (H), 1:51;113: Rocky Stevens (C), win by forfeit; 120: Eli Benham (C), win by forfeit;126: Caleb Tanner (C) p. Joshua Helm (H), 0:31;132: Connor Henson (C), p. Ryder Brooks (H), 0:11;138: Xavear Cullors (C), p. Darrell Hendrickson (H), 0:38;145: Kolten Allphen (C), p. Shahim Smith (H), 0:42;152: Tony Connor (C), p. Cristian McCoy (H), 14 1;170: Hayden Knight (C), dec. Corby Grogan (H), 8 7;182: Jerome Walker (H) win by forfeit;195: Noel Cota (H) won by forfeit;220: Zack Morris (C), dec. Billy Sutton (H), 7 2;285: Juan Grimaldo (H) won by forfeit.
106: Hayden Fenley (E), p. Jackson Glenn (BK), 18 2;126: Sam Harris (BK), p. Alex Stewart (E);132: Brayden Thompson (BK) win by forfeit;138: Irvin Roacho (BK), p. Caleb Weaver (E);145: Dylan McCall (E) win by forfeit;152: Caleb Fenley (E), win by forfeit;160: Ryan West (E), win by forfeit;170: Wyatt Ellis (E), dec. Kastan Campbell (BK), 9 8;182: Jerome Townsell (E), p. Jacob Serber (BK);195: Andrew Eschenheimer (BK) p. Gabe Sparkman (E);220: Montrell Cozart (BK), p. Bryce Capron (E);285: Chester Baah (E), dec. Sam Nightengale (BK), 6 4.