By: Chris Evans
The Guthrie BlueJay wrestling team took on their second tournament of the season in the Southern Oklahoma Invitational, in Duncan, and came away with three first place medals in the championship round.
Overall, the Jays came away with a fourth place finish with 133.5 team points. Duncan High won their own tourney with 208 total points for the second straight season. Altus finished second (177) and Lawton walked with the third place trophy (162.5).
Entering the tournament the Jays had four undefeated wrestlers, but came away with just three.
Leading the way for the Jays was returning state qualifier Ryan Bilyeu in the 145 pound weight class. Bilyeu came away with a 12-5 decision over Jeremy Delzer, of Altus.
Perhaps, the most interesting match came in the 140 weight match where Dillion Turpin came out victorious with an overtime win (3-1) over his competitor Garrison McCauley from Commanche.
Guthrie's other first place medalist was John Kane when he got a 3-1 decision over Rance Rue, of Ada in the 189 division.
In the 119 weight division, Kidd Gomez, of Noble, pinned Kolt Rinehart for the win. Gomez, who earlier in the week signed with Oklahoma City University, is a two-time state champion. Gomez is best known for his back flip counter, a move that is now illegal, has received over 37,000 Youtube hits.
The Jays qualified one for the consolation round. David Moody, however, was pinned in the 215 division by Lawton's Joselyn Maldonado.
Guthrie will hit the practice mat over the holiday break and prepare for the Kingfisher Yellow Jackets, January 6th, and homecoming with Ada on January 8th. Ada finished seventh in the SOI, in Duncan, with 100 team points.
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