Oklahoma high school wrestling notebook: Mustang’s Tate Picklo re-injures kneecap, loses in Class 6A state finals
Tate Picklo lost to Bixby’s Jersey Robb in the Class 6A wrestling state tournament finals Saturday night.
The Mustang senior and OU signee didn’t get pinned. He didn’t lose by decision.
Picklo re-injured his left kneecap during the match and couldn’t continue, resulting in his first loss since he was a freshman.
Picklo, the nation’s top-ranked high school 195-pounder, dislocated the kneecap earlier this season.
Early in the match Saturday, he aggravated the injury before a temporary stoppage. He tried to continue, but it proved to be too severe as he fell to the mat in agony again, and Robb was awarded the victory after 57 seconds of action.
Picklo’s dad, Mustang coach Brian Picklo, isn’t sure if his son will be back for the dual state tournament, which will be held in Enid in a couple of weeks.
“He’s already won a couple state titles,” he said. “This doesn’t really mean that much in the big scheme. We’ll try to get healthy. We’ll see if he can wrestle at dual state. It’s probably doubtful.”
Mustang placed second in the team standings behind Stillwater.
Mustang, the state runner-up last year, had two wrestlers win championships.
Jack Kitchingham won at 220 pounds, and Christian Rowland claimed the heavyweight title.
Randall, Bowman lead Edmond North to third-place finish
Edmond North placed third in Class 6A and had two individual champions.
Junior Jaxon Randall beat Ponca City’s Gabriel Roland 16-7 at 170 pounds, finishing the season with a 36-2 record.
Senior Braden Bowman defeated Mustang’s Brannigan Reyes in the 182-pound finals. Bowman was 31-3 this year.
Marlow edges Jay for title
Class 3A Marlow won its first state tournament championship since 2006 and seventh overall.
Marlow, which is about 30 miles east of Lawton, finished with 98 points and battled back and forth with Jay, which had 92.5 points. Blackwell placed third with 69 points.
Carson Moore was the lone Marlow wrestler to win an individual title. The senior beat Jay’s Maverick Williamson 4-3 in the 220-pound finals.
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