After knocking some of the holiday rust off in last weekend’s Larry Wilkey Invitational (Jenks), the Bartlesville High wrestling team turned in some shining performances on Thursday.
The Bruins traveled to Bixby to participate in the district duals and came home with several highlights, both individual and as a team.
Unfortunately, not able to share in Bartlesville’s colorful effort was 152-pounder Duke McGill, the one bright spot in the Wilkey tourney.
McGill finished second (wrestleback) at the event in Jenks but then fell under the umbrella of the concussion protocol.
That meant he had to to sit out the district duos; the timing for his return to action is unknown, Bartlesville head coach Josh Pulsifer said.
Several other Bruins distinguished themselves at the three-way duals.
It was supposed to have been four teams, but Jenks sat out due to low numbers because of illness.
The other three teams — Bartlesville, Bixby and Muskogee — all picked up a forfeit against Jenks.
Bixby downed the Bruins, 63-12, head-to-head, but Bartlesville hammered Muskogee, 56-27.
Following are summaries of how Bartlesville fared in each dual.
Bixby 63, Bartlesville 12
The Bruins started strong with Thatcher Parker winning by decision, 5-0, at 106 pounds.
At 113, Tarun Vinodkumar pinned his Bixby opponent.
But, Bartlesville won only one more match when Easton Olenberger (126) edged his Bixby foe, 5-4.
“Olenberger had a last-second reversal,” noted Pulsifer.
Bartlesville also looked strong in other weight divisions.
“We were definitely in some matches,” Pulsifer noted.
Carter Manley (182) lost by a close decision, 6-4.
Pulsifer praised the effort of Elijah Lunn at 138 pounds.
“He didn’t go out scared,” Pulsifer said. “I was not disappointed with his heart.”
Other Bruin combatants, all of whom lost by fall, included Daniel Blankenship (132), David Cooper (152), Mason Manley (160), J.D. Atterberry (195) and Adyn Peugh (220).
Bartlesville forfeited three weight divisions (145, 170, 285).
Bartlesville 56, Muskogee 27
Parker came up short in his match at 106 to open the competition.
Bartlesville then collected forfeits at 113 and 120 pounds.
Olenberger (126) owned a 6-2 lead but suffered a pin.
At 132, Muskogee took the lead with a pin against Blankenship.
Lunn racked up a victory by pin at 138 pounds.
Gavin Hall took a late shot at 145 pounds.
Davis seized a win at 152 pounds.
Mason Manley came up shy at 160 pounds.
But, the Bruin then finished up with five-straight wins — a forfeit at 170, Carter Manley at 182, Atterberry by pin at 195, Casey Young by forfeit at 220 and Peugh at 285.
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