MIAMI — Consecutive wins in four of the middle weight matches helped Kansas notch a 35-25 victory over Oklahoma in the championship match of the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Battle of the Bad all-star wrestling duals here Tuesday, March 6.
This marked the second straight year Kansas had topped Oklahoma in the final.
It also marked the fourth straight year that Oklahoma had made it to the championship round.
Oklahoma beat Missouri 27-22 and Kansas rolled 37-15 over Arkansas in the first round.
Arkansas used a pin by heavyweight Demaceo Whittier of Searcy against Jace Gorn of Ozark to claim a 29-25 win over Missouri in the third-place match.
Finals: Kansas 35, Oklahoma 25
Coweta 132-pounder Bennett Moudy decisioned Noah Nemer of Spring Hill 7-2 to pull Oklahoma to within a point 10-9 against Kansas.
But a pin by Marcus Robinson of Arkansas City at 138, a decision from Dallas Boone of Valley Center at 145, a pin by Chanute’s Gage Leedy at 152 and a major decision by Jake Patterson of Shawnee Heights at 160 allowed Kansas to open up a 29-9 advantage.
The closest Oklahoma would get after that was the final 10-point margin when Jessie Quillamaco of Blackwell pinned Jake Miller of Paola in the final match of the night.
3rd: Arkansas 29, Missouri 25
Missouri won six of seven matches down the stretch to erase an early 20-0 deficit.
Adrian Hitchcock of Neosho pinned Alex Crowe of Bentonville, but Whittier delivered his clutch pin.
Jerome Townsell, a state champ from Tulsa Edison, Caleb Wise of Broken Arrow and Moudy all went 2-0 for Oklahoma.
Kansas had seven wrestlers go 2-0: Robinson, Patterson, Leedy, Boone, Cole Edwards (220) of Augusta, Cameron Hunt (195) of El Dorado and Michael Spangler (113) of Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
Hitchcock, Nicky Gladkov (160), Ozark, and Cole Hatfield (152), Seneca, were undefeated for Missouri.
Demaceo Whittier (heavyweight), Searcy; Jake Turner (132), Rogers; Michael Crockett (120), Pulaski Academy of Little Rock and Stephen Fox (126), Bentonville West were Arkansas’ wrestlers who went unbeaten.