It all came down to the last match of the day as Ponca City trailed Jenks 33-30 and in the 1st period, 113 lb Shayden Trant pinned Garrett Johnson and the Wildcats celebrated as they are moving on to Dual State. The 36-33 win capped off what was a dominating day for the wrestling team. Ponca City started off the day with a trouncing of Bixby 57-24. Ponca City would total 8 falls in the first dual of the day led by Dylan Schickram’s pin of Gavin Southern in just 27 seconds. The Wildcats would then face Sapulpa and again they had no trouble with the Chieftans winning 59-15. Ponca City had 5 falls and a Tech Fall by Lane Newlin at 182 lbs. That set up the dual that everyone was waiting for. Jenks had also won easily against Bixby and Sapulpa, so the winner would move on to Dual State in Shawnee. At 120, Kris Humble got a major decision victory over Garrett Weis for a 4-0 Ponca lead. Jenks’ Brandon Elrod would get a fall against Cody Wynn at 126. It took Dylan Schickram a bit longer this time, but he still established his dominance pinning Logan Keeling with 23 seconds left in the 1st period. Spencer Schickram followed that up with a clinic at 138, getting a tech fall over Enrie Chavez. Ponca City would lose the next two as Austin Daniels won by fall over Kailieb Ruff at 145 and Drake Vanney would defeat Daniel Millet by fall at 152. That made the score 18-15 in favor of Jenks. Grayson White battled all three periods and grinded out a 3-2 decision at 160. Colt Freeman for Jenks would defeat Ruben DeLaCruz by major decision, but DeLaCruz twice got big points and stayed out of a tech fall. Lane Newlin would follow that up with tech fall win over Kobey Rogers at 182, giving the lead back to Ponca City 23-22. The Wildcats won at 195 as Abram Arechiga got a major decision over Jaylon Pitts. Jared Galli would get the lead back for Jenks with a fall of HB Bowers at 220. Then came maybe the craziest match all night at 285. Ponca City’s Luke Kirchenbauer and Caleb Orr of Jenks would go to OT tied at 1-1. The match would go to a 3rd OT when Luke Kirchenbauer was awarded an escape right as the horn sounded. The Jenks crowd and coaching staff erupted as they felt the horn had already sounded. After a short discussion, by the official and staff, the point was awarded, which resulted in another eruption by the Jenks bench. The official would then penalize Jenks a point for unsportsmanlike conduct, making it 30-27 Wildcats. Jenks collected themselves and got a fall in the 1st period at 106 by Garrett Rawlins over Martez Carnes. That made the score 33-30 and put all the pressure on Shayden Trant. Trant went out like a seasoned veteran, and scored a take down and flipped Weis with a cradle and after a short struggle ended the match with a fall. It was a wild and exciting finish and a well deserved win for Ponca City.

Photos courtesy of Larry Williams