Pawhuska High School's varsity wrestlers are headed for regional competition at Vinita in a little less than two weeks, on Feb. 21, and Coach Austin Legg is optimistic about his team's preparation.
“The expectations are high going into regionals at Vinita in a couple of weeks. We wrestled very tough this weekend and I was very proud of our performance.,” Legg said regarding the outcome last Saturday. PHS finished 12th at the Will Rogers Conference meet, in what he characterized as a tough tournament. Pawhuska is 3A for wrestling.
“My guys are at their peak performance right now, and are training hard to reach their end goal at the end of the month,” Legg added.
At the competition Saturday, Bryce Drummond finished first at 195 pounds, Dylan Doyal was third at 285 pounds, Jesse Carr was sixth at 160 pounds, Lesharo Wildcat was fifth at 182 pounds, and Lane Cosby was sixth at 120 pounds.
The weekend before that, at the Big 4+4 Tournament in Ponca City, Pawhuska came in seventh, ahead of Blackwell. Drummond placed second at 195 pounds, while Jesse Carr was third at 170 pounds, Tristian McCartney was third at 220 pounds, Lane Cosby was fifth at 120 pounds, Dylan Doyal was fifth at 285 pounds, and Lesharo Wildcat was sixth at 182 pounds.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association shows Pawhuska's season record in dual matches at 9 wins, 6 losses, including a big 51-28 home win Feb. 4 against a ranked Pawnee team. The win over Pawnee marked a rebound from a tough road loss for Pawhuska on Jan. 30 at No. 9 Vinita.
State competition is slated for the week after regionals, on Feb. 28-29. Almost all of Pawhuska's leading wrestlers this season were members of its football team, which finished 11-2 last fall. PHS encourages athletes to compete in multiple sports and maintain their overall physical fitness.