Five grapplers to compete at state

Gareth Ballard One

By Kyle Salomon,

For the first time since 2007, Mustang will have five wrestlers competing in the state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

Five Bronco grapplers placed in the top four of the specific weight classes in the regional at Southmoore, qualifying them for the state competition.

Three seniors and two freshmen will represent Mustang at the two-day event. It is the first time in school history that two freshmen will compete for MHS in the state wrestling tournament.

Mustang was close to having eight wrestlers qualify for the state tournament as three other grapplers placed fifth at the regional.

“We are really excited and thrilled to have five of our wrestlers representing us at the state tournament,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “It is the most we have had in awhile. We were really close to having eight qualify, which would have been the most ever in school history.”

The three seniors are Gareth Ballard, David McCright and Clay Feland.

Ballard will compete in the 132-pound weight class as the No.2 seed on the west side. The senior is 18-4 this season.

McCright will battle in the 182-pound weight class for Mustang as the No.3 seed on the west side. McCright is 26-13 this year on the mat.

Feland will be in the No.4 seed in the west in the 220-pound weight division. The senior grappler is 21-11 this season.

“The senior class has been great all year long,” Rankin said. “They have been tremendous leaders, and all of these guys who qualified for state will compete really well for us.”

The two freshmen representing Mustang this weekend will be Trey Edwards and Gage McBride.

Edwards will compete in the 120-pound weight class as the No.3 seed on the west side. Edwards has a record of 14-7 this season.

McBride will handle the mat in the 126-pound weight division for the Broncos as the No.4 seed in the west. McBride is 13-16 this year for MHS.

“To have two freshmen qualify for the state tournament is an amazing feat,” Rankin said. “To go up against seniors who are stronger than them shows just how hard these guys have worked and how much they pay attention to detail.”