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By Glen Miller
El Reno High School’s wrestling program got back into action this weekend with its own junior varsity tournament, before the full varsity squad kicks off 2013 with a dual Tuesday at Piedmont.
The Indians are 3-3 on the dual season after dropping two outings before the Christmas break at the Vista Ridge Duals in Austin, Texas.
The dual with Piedmont will be the first of three Suburban Conference outings. Deer Creek visits Jenks Simmons Field House on Thursday before El Reno travels to Guthrie on Jan. 15.
Between the outings with the Antlers and Guthrie, El Reno will take part in the Carl Albert Invitational, its second tournament of the season. The Indians took fifth place out of 14 teams in the Hill Country Classic in Austin.
El Reno had three placers in the Hill Country brackets, led by senior Jon Grube’s victory at 138 pounds. Grube posted wins over Andrew Bonham of Vista Ridge and San Antonio Roosevelt’s Andres Farrera. In the finals, Grube posted a 5-3 win over Jacob Andrus of Austin Regan.
Elisha Leonard took third at 160 pounds after a fall over Amir Abouzalam of San Antonio Churchill. Leonard had a bye in the opening round, followed by a win over Austin Vandegrift’s Zack Collman.
Leonard fell in the championship semifinals to Grapevine’s Gabe Cabera, but bounced back with a win over Omar Alderete of Austin Johnson to set up the third-place match.
Kyler Samples took third with a 3-1 record at 220 pounds, losing in the second round to Leander’s Tyler Young after opening up with a win over Cedar Park’s Jacob Wood.
Samples rebounded with a win over Regan’s Nick Hardy to reach the third-place match, where he pinned Wood in their second meeting.
In other matches, Brady Lippoldt posted a 1-2 record at 113 pounds, defeating Jacob Irwin of Renegades. Dominique Richey competed at 120 pounds as did Harrison Fairchild (126), Wade Cumins (145), Brannon Townsend (145), John Goad (152), Hunter Wilson (170) and Gret Mustion (182).
Levi Jones was robbed of a spot in the third-place match at 132 pounds despite leading his match over Thomas Turcol of Johnson, 2-1 after two periods. Jones chose the top for the third round and rode out Turcol, however, midway through the period a table worker added two points to Turcol’s score.
El Reno head coach Bill Reeves said he tried to question the score in the round but the referee never stopped the match. Reeves added the table worker claimed to have forgotten two back points in the first round for Turcol.
Reeves said the referee did not question the score, even after Reeves complained, and awarded the 3-2 win to Turcol.
That loss left Jones with a 3-2 record after beating Gabe Agulair (MacArthur), Austin Smicklas (New Braunfels) and Austin Kaczmareck (Vandegrift). His other loss was to eventual champion Stefen Moreno of Austin Bowie.