Rankin’s wrestlers take first place at Putnam City tourney
By Kyle Salomon
Before the regular season began, Mustang head wrestling coach Dave Rankin said he wanted his team to be a better tournament-style squad this year.
Rankin got his wish in the first tournament the Bronco varsity competed in with a first-place finish at the Putnam City wrestling tournament Dec. 12 and 13.
Mustang placed 12 wrestlers out of the 14 different weight classes in the two-day event.
Rankin said he is proud of his team’s accomplishments.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys for how hard they have worked leading up to this tournament,” he said. “It was our first regular season competition because of all of the weather we have been having, so to come out and perform like we did was really great to see.”
Two Bronco wrestlers took first place in their respective events. Zach Butler in the 170-pound weight class finished first overall, and freshman Trey Edwards took first place in the 120-pound weight division for the Broncos.
“It’s really cool to see a freshman have as much success as Trey has had,” Rankin said. “He is an extremely talented kid, a very hard worker. We expect him to continue to develop and be a major part of our team going forward.
“Zach is a very skilled, strong and talented kid. He works very hard and is very focused on what his job is once he steps onto the mat. He came on for us last year and has really developed into a very strong wrestler for us. He is going to play a big role for us this year.”
Mustang scored a total of 286.5 points in the two-day tournament. Coming in second was Norman North with 273 points, and third was Putnam City with 265.5 points.
The event saw teams from south of the Oklahoma border travel north to compete. Several Texas high school grappling squads made their way up to Oklahoma City.
In the 113-pound weight division, Kerry McNeil took fifth place overall. Gage McBride finished in fourth place overall in the 126-pound weight class. Jordan Kalmeyer placed fourth in the 132-pound weight division. Gareth Ballard finished in second place overall in the 138-pound weight class.
Robert King placed third overall in the 145-pound weight division. Redmon Wilkerson took fourth place overall in the 152-pound weight class. Julian Gallegos finished in fifth place in the 160-pound weight division.
David McCright placed fifth overall in the 182-pound weight class. Mark Castenada finished in fifth place in the 195-pound weight class, and Clay Feland placed second overall in the 220-pound weight class.
“We have a tremendous amount of support this season from our parents,” Rankin said. “Our parents are there cheering on the guys and are taking part in all of our booster club meetings helping take this program to the next level.
“Our senior class is really showing up strong for us right now as well. Those guys have really been a great example on and off the mat.”
Junior varsity grapplers hold own in varsity tournament
The Bronco junior varsity wrestling squad took seventh place overall in the Deer Creek varsity wrestling tournament last weekend.
Mustang had five JV wrestlers place in the tournament. J.R. Kalmeyer placed fourth overall in the 126-pound weight class. Marshall Matthews took fourth overall in the 152-pound weight division. Cole Bierman placed sixth overall in the 182-pound weight class, and Austin Brown took sixth place in the 195-pound weight division.
The one Bronco who placed first overall in the tournament was Kaden Truelove in the 195-pound weight class.
Mustang junior varsity wrestling coach Brad Dick said, “We are extremely pleased with our JV wrestlers, especially our sophomores and freshmen. Mustang has a bright future with these young men.”