Four pins weren’t enough to counter four forfeits as Miami suffered a 49-24 loss to Pryor in a high school wrestling dual at the Miami Activity Center.
The Wardogs’ 24 points came on pins by Eli Hale, Colby Anderson, Blaine Fields and Brandon Alley.
Pryor reaped 24 points on the forfeits then got a pin at 145, a major decision and two close decisions.
“Take away 24 points on the forfeits and it would have been 25-24,” Miami coach Josh Bolinger said. “We wrestled pretty well. Our kids fought hard. A lot of our kids are just overmatched … we’re just lacking experience.
“They are learning and they are coming along. It’s a long process.”
Hale and Fields broke into the OKWrestle.com rankings at 112 and 140, respectively, after placing at the Carl Albert Invitational.
Hale, ranked fifth in 4A, pinned Pryor’s Foster in 1:30.
Fields, eighth at 140 in Class 4A, pinned Ben Comcot in 46 seconds.
Anderson pinned the Tigers’ Jesse Philpot at 3:04 of their 130-pound match.
Alley also won by fall at 3:04 against Pryor 171-pounder Jacob Sawyer.
“Eli, Blaine and Colby are our main guns right now and Jimmy (heavyweight Jimmy Brock) is right there,” Bolinger said. Brock was sixth at Midwest City.
Brock yielded a takedown with 42 seconds left, giving Jake Gibson a 5-3 advantage.
Brock got an escape with 17 seconds left to create the final margin.
Jay Mann suffered a 4-1 loss to Jonathon Gerrior at 189. A takedown with two seconds left in the second period gave Gerrior a 2-1 lead and he picked up another takedown in the third period.
“We’re getting better … little by little, we’re getting better,” Bolinger said. “We just have to keep preaching to these kids that its a long road and a long process.”
Miami competes in a tournament at Coweta on Friday and Saturday.