Bronco grapplers close successful freestyle season
By Patrick Osborne,
Mustang Freestyle wrestling posted strong individual finishes at state, with more looking toward the national stage.
Under the leadership of Brian Picklo and Brad Dick, the Broncos had a strong finish to the offseason wrestling year that started back in March just after spring break. The second-year program had 40 wrestlers come out this year and routinely had the most wrestlers at tournaments.
For those who aren’t in the wrestling program, Dick compared wrestlers competing in the Freestyle and Greco tournaments to football players competing in powerlifting competitions. The results and outcomes are different but the benefits are similar.
Mustang sent 26 grapplers to the regional tournament where all 26 placed fourth or better. Mustang sent 22 wrestlers to state and had another strong showing.
Here are the results:
In the Junior Freestyle 145-pound division, Jordan Kalmeyer, the lone senior on the team who was unable to attend practices due to work, placed fourth. In the Cadet Freestyle 132-pound division, Trey Edwards took second.
In the Cadet Freestyle 160-pound division, Marshall Mathews placed second. In the Cadet Freestyle 220-pound division, Austin Brown finished second.
In the Schoolboy Freestyle 91-pound division, Joseph Lupton placed fourth, and in the 175-division, Garrett Fly took second.
In the Greco Juniors 145-pound division, Kalmeyer was crowned state champion. In the Greco Juniors 160-pound division, Faizon Denby was also crowned state champion.
In the Greco Juniors 182-pound division, Dylan Watz placed fourth. In the Greco Cadet 120-pound division, Corbin Hardin finished in third place.
In the Greco Cadet 132-pound division, Tyler Joy finished second. In the Greco Cadet 138-pound division, Brock Ross took third.
In the Greco Cadet 220-pound division, Trey Cassey took second. In the Greco Schoolboy 91-pound division, Lupton finished in third, and in the 175-pound division, Fly was crowned state champion.
Overall, Dick was happy with the team’s performance.
“I was really proud of the guys,” he said. “They had a really good show.”
He went on to give all the credit to Picklo, saying he was the one teaching all the moves to the kids and running his program.
Picklo and Dick now turn their attention to June 1 when they will take four Mustang wrestlers to join the national Team Oklahoma wrestling team in Indianapolis. The team is made up of six coaches, two from Mustang, and 38 wrestlers from across the state.
Dick pointed out the fact that out of all 3A through 6A schools, only 38 wrestlers are picked, and of that Mustang has four. If Team Oklahoma finishes in the top eight in the nation, all four will be crowned All-Americans. Dick said the four have a good shot at becoming All-Americans.