MIAMI – Will history repeat itself for the Pryor Tigers at the Miami Wardog Invitational wrestling tournament?
A year ago, PHS finished 10th at the Perry Tournament of Champions before winning its first-ever Miami title.
Last weekend, the Tigers wound up 10th at Perry again – and they head up the field for the Miami Invitational which runs Friday and Saturday.
“We were missing four guys at Perry and it will be nice to have everyone ready to roll,” first-year Pryor coach Shae Jefferson said. “I don't know which tournament that will be.”
The Tigers have four wrestlers back who placed here last year, including defending 120-pound champion Dylan Wright.
Also returning are Von Gray, who was fourth at 106; Michael Lansaw and Nevin Henson, fifth at 220 and 285, respectively.
Lansaw was second, Henson third, Wright fourth and Grogan fifth at Perry last weekend.
“The way I do it is a little different,” Jefferson said. “It's not about wins and losses. It's about our performance each time we step on the mat. We really focus on the sophomores and the guys who haven't really broken through. It's a good tournament for everybody.”
Pryor finished with 281.5 points here a year ago, outdistancing Wagoner by 48.5 points. Miami was 14th with 119.5 points.
Freshman Triston Thorpe had Miami''s best individual finish, taking third at 138 pounds.
Trenton Miller of Wagoner, wrestling for the Mystery Team, won the Glen Reding Award for most falls in the tournament.
Miller, who finished third at 132 pounds, had seven pins totaling 8:50.
Joining Pryor, Wagoner and the host Wardogs in the field are Jay, Grove, Tulsa East Central, Glenpool, Tahlequah, Locust Grove, Cushing, Caney Valley, Joplin and three Kansas schools: Coffeyville, Columbus and Independence.
“It's a pretty decent field,” Jefferson said. “There should be some really good matchups.”
Competition starts at 3 p.m. in the Miami Activity Center and continues through Saturday's championship and consolation rounds.