By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid’s dual with Stillwater at Waller Middle School tonight will offer a rare taste of wrestling history. The junior high match will start at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity dual.
The Pioneers are led by the sons of two former Olympic gold medalists — freshman 106-pounder Kennedy Monday, son of Kenny Monday, and 132-pounder Joe Smith, the son of Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith.
Monday is ranked No. 3 at 106 pounds by the Oklahoma Wrestling website, while Smith, the defending state champion, is ranked No. 1.
The Pioneers have four others ranked in the lower weights: state runner-up Cody Karstetter, No. 1, 113; Kirby Williams, No. 5, 120; Ben Teegarden, No. 6, 126; and Beau Bigheart, No. 8, 145. Pete Picke, ranked No. 7 at 182 pounds, is the other ranked Stillwater wrestler. The Pioneers have dual wins over both Sapulpa and Blackwell, who have identical 54-15 dual wins over EHS.
“That’s quite a murderers row,’’ said Enid coach Jory Dick, who coached some of the Stillwater elite over the summer on Oklahoma all-star teams.
Billy Grothe, who was sixth at Geary last weekend, is capable of beating Teegarden, Dick said. Dick feels EHS has an advantage in the upper weights with Zach Overbeck, ranked No. 9 at 195, and Jake Scott, ranked No. 3 at 220.
“To win the dual we have to have an upset in one of the first five weights,’’ Dick said, “and we’re going to have to stay off of our backs. If we do that, I’m confident enough in our upper weights that we can win the dual. If we do the right things, we’re solid enough to win it.’’
The rest of the EHS lineup will be: Joe D’Auteuil, 103; Troy Gray, 113; Gabriel Farias, 120; Scott Phillips, 132; John Choi, 138; Anthony Gonzales, 145; Keegan Clayton, 152; Hunter Nixon, 160 and Hank Schulz, 170.
Dick is undecided who he will use at 182 and heavyweight.
Grothe was the lone Plainsman placer at Geary.
“He wrestled really tough,’’ Dick said. “He lost to the No. 2 and No. 3 kids in the state and lost the fifth-place match in overtime on a judgment call. He is on a roll.’’
Scott and Overbeck lost one-point decisions which would have put them in the consolation semifinals and a chance to place. Scott lost to defending state runner-up Andrew Dixon, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 220 in the first round. He lost his last match to the Texas state runner-up.
“He had the toughest weight in the entire tournament,’’ Dick said.