MIAMI — Brothers Ian and Cooper Stone will represent Miami in the Class 4A state wrestling tournament this weekend in Oklahoma City.
This will be the third trip in as many years for Cooper Stone and the first for Ian.
Thanks to a new Oklahoma Secondary School Activity Association rule, Cooper Stone qualified as the fifth-place finisher in the 145-pound bracket at the East Regional at Catoosa.
He will wrestle Kyler Damron of Harrah in a wrestle-in match.
Ian Stone, who finished fourth at Catoosa, faces Nathan Anderson, who placed fourth at 145 in the West Regional.
“It’s cool, but kinda scary,” Miami coach Kevin Panter said. “They are crossing brackets, so you could lose your fourth-place spot.
“That fifth man is trying to get a fourth spot.”
The pair have captured separate outstanding wrestler awards during the season, Cooper at the Jay Border Wars and Ian at the Miami Invitational.
“They rocketed it at the house,” Panter said. “They earned their spots.”
Wrestle-in matches begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, followed by the first round for all classes at 11 a.m.
Action resumes at 5:30 p.m. with first-round consolation and semifinal matches.
The schedule for Saturday, Feb. 24 includes consolation semifinals, consolation finals and championship finals, which are scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.
Cooper won by forfeit over Drake Martin of Stilwell in the fifth-place match.
Cooper Stone pinned Dylan Darnell of Bristow in the first round, but dropped an 8-4 decision to Kane Bowman of Wagoner in the quarterfinals.
Stone logged a major decision (12-0 vs. Cameron McClure of Blanchard) and pin (vs. Mason Crawford of Mannford, 2:44) before dropping a 10-4 decision in the consolation semifinals to Cade Waltman of Fort Gibson.
Ian Stone, a junior, was fourth in the 132-pound bracket.
He pinned his first two opponents, Jesse Moser of Mannford at 1:23 and Bryar Lucas of Cleveland at 0:39 but was pinned by Catoosa’s Andrew DeArmond at 0:54 in the semifinals.
Stone pinned Dillon Berry of Berryhill at 3:44 in the consolation semis then suffered a 9-8 loss to Jarrett Lilley of Poteau in the third-place match.
Miami also was represented by Brandon Sanko at 130, Jordan Freeman at 126, James Markle at 152, Keedin Crockett at 170, Dalton Hardin at 195 and heavyweight Jaydn Marshall.
Marshall just missed qualifying for state, but was pinned by Grove’s Dawson Tanner at 5:32 in their fifth-place match.
“We could have had three and even five (qualify),” Panter said. “We shoulda, coulda, woulda. They really did great. We are really young. To do what we did was great.”
Blanchard won the team title by scoring 178.5 points Wagoner was second at 170.5 and Catoosa third at 167.
The Wardogs finished 12th with 53 points.