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By Glen Miller
In the grapplers version of “Murder’s Row,” El Reno High School’s wrestling team dropped a 54-18 decision to Guthrie in its third dual against an upper echelon 5A program.
Guthrie, ranked No.8 in the latest 5A poll, used five forfeits by the Indians to rack up 30 of its 54 team points. The loss was the fifth in a row for El Reno, which slipped to 3-6 on the season.
El Reno forfeited at 106 pounds, followed by a close 4-0 loss by Brady Lippoldt at 113 pounds to Kevin Mahan. The Indians forfeited at 126 pounds as Dominique Richey did not make the trip after being banged up in a car wreck.
Guthrie grabbed five more points with Timothy O’Connor’s 18-2 technical fall over Levi Jones at 132 pounds.
El Reno snatched three of those points back at 138 pounds as Jon Grube defeated Tyler Mahan, 8-6. Grube logged a takedown in the first period, and then added two escape points and a takedown in the second period.
The Indians split at 145 and 152 pounds. Preston Golden was pinned by Austin O’Connor in 3:19, while Brannon Townsend blanked War Mothershed, 6-0.
Guthrie’s returning state placer Bryan Dutton rolled to an 18-6 win over El Reno’s Elisha Leonard at 160 pounds, before the Indians forfeited at 170 and 182 pounds to allow two freshmen to wrestle in the junior high match.
El Reno snapped the three weight slide at 195 pounds as Murdoch Marcum pinned Jose Perez in 42 seconds. Kyler Samples lost by fall to Conner Howard in 3:11 at 220 pounds.
The Indians forfeited at heavyweight, but swapped those points with Dakota Corn’s forfeit win at 120 pounds.
Etta Dale falls
El Reno’s junior high team dropped a 55-21 decision to the Bluejays. Hunter Cometsevah posted one of the five wins with a 3:08 fall over Brat Baugher at 132 pounds. Bryan Ward received a forfeit win at 120 pounds.
Jesse Gorbet (140) pinned Joe Kuruvilla in 2:57, followed by Hunter Wilson’s 22-second fall at 175 pounds.
Isaiah Majka scored a 51-second fall over Dewry Taniger at heavyweight.