Wins at 140, 145 and 152 catapulted McDonald County High School into a 44-23 victory over Miami Tuesday night in a high school wrestling match.
McDonald County, from Anderson, Mo., had trailed 14-12 but took the lead for good with its run in the middle weights.
“Our kids wrestled well all around,” Miami coach Justin Gibson said. “They are a good team. They had eight state qualifiers. Miles Anderson avenged an earlier loss, Matt McClain avenged an earlier loss and Jacob Sharbutt avenged an earlier loss, so I was happy with that.”
McClain pinned Shawn Stillons in only 44 seconds in the first period of their 160-pound match, narrowing the Mustangs' lead to 29-20.
However, Josh Marchisio pinned Kevin Helton at 171 and Taylor Wilkie eked out a 4-0 decision over Justin Herd at 189 to bump the visitors' lead back up to double-digits, 38-20.
Wardog 215-pounder Jacob Sharbutt held on for a 3-1 decision against Kord Stancell, but McDonald County's Colby Fisher pinned Jimmy Brock in the second period to create the final score.
“We're trying to get so we can finish strong (heading down the stretch),” Gibson said.
The match kicked off a busy week for the Wardogs, who travel to Catoosa Thursday for a quad with Vinita and Pryor.
Then on Friday and Saturday, they enter the Midwest City Carl Albert tournament.
Miami's other points in the match came from Miles Anderson at 112, who pinned Michael Lane at 2:22 of the second period; Colby Anderson at 119, who scored a third-round technical fall over Jesse Searcy, and Blaine Fields at 135, who decisioned Tommy Pickens, 7-1.