Broken Arrow?s Chase Ferman (No. 10 @ 135) Wins Title, Teammate Zach Skates (No. 11 @ 160) Loses Thriller to Kyle Crutchmer (No. 9 @ 160) In Title Match
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Broken Arrow capped the big-school wrestling triple crown.
The Tigers became the first program in Oklahoma?s largest classification since Ponca City in 2005 to win dual state, regional and state championship titles in the same year. The exclamation point came Saturday night as the Tigers rolled to their second consecutive 6A title at State Fair Arena.
Broken Arrow won three of four state-title matches and had nine overall placers to amass 134 points. Union was a distant second with 102 points and two state champs.
?We knew this tournament was going to be tough. We prepared for it to be tough,? Broken Arrow coach Shawn Jones said. ?We convinced our kids of that, and they were ready to go.?
Junior Chase Ferman (No. 10 @ 135) posted a 14-3 major decision win over Sapulpa?s Jordan Boland in the 135-pound final.
Union?s Kyle Crutchmer (No. 9 @ 160) rode out BA?s two-time reigning state champ, senior Zach Skates (No. 11 @ 160), for the entire 30-second ultimate tiebreaker period to earn a hard-fought 3-2 win in the 160-pound match. Crutchmer was able to get Skates in a front headlock and hold him from escaping in the final 10 seconds
?It felt like time was going by slow because he?s a tough kid that I respect a lot,? said Crutchmer. ?I?m not really a rider and I was nervous entering that tiebreaker period. I?ve been working on that headlock move from a few weeks just in case I got into overtime and needed it.?
For Complete Article by Matt Doyle, Tulsa World