The No. 11 Mustang Broncos picked up their second straight home dual win on Dec. 13, closing out the pre-Christmas break slate with a 42-38 win over No. 14 Union (1-3) at the Event Center.
Only one of the 14 matches reached a decision and just three came down to a tech fall and two forfeits. 60 points were divvied up across 10 falls, including five for Mustang.
Trent Sprague got things going for the Broncos, pinning Union’s Darion Riley at 106 pounds for a 6-0 lead. Sprague had built a 10-0 lead before the fall. Mustang went up 12-0 after Hank Bullard won by forfeit at 113.
Javin Douglas, who placed fourth at 113 pounds in the state tournament last season, gave the Broncos an 18-0 advantage with a win by forfeit at 120 before Jayden Gracy made it 24-0 with a first period fall over Ben Mielcarek at 126. Gracy was taken down to start the match but bounced back and picked up a reversal and back points before the pin.
Jayden Gracy, shown here wrestling against Yukon, and the No. 11 Mustang Broncos picked up a 42-38 win over No. 14 Union on Dec. 13 at the Mustang Event Center. (Photo by Shelly Holinsworth / Freelance Action Photography)
Flynn Brandrup dropped his match at 132 pounds to Union’s Dariuz Black, who finished fourth at 113 in last season’s state tournament. The two entered the final period tied 2-2 before Black closed it out at 6-5, cutting Mustang’s advantage to 24-3.
The Redhawks cut it to 24-9 after Tommy Davis was caught for a first period fall by Union’s Thomas Toteh. Davis had just taken a 3-2 lead before the slip up.
Mustang (2-1) rebounded as Daegan Reyes picked up a second period fall over Jackson Lieb at 144 pounds for a 30-9 lead. Reyes dominated the match, building an 11-0 lead before the pin.
Losses by fall by Quentin Sizemore at 150 pounds and Daniel Rios at 157, trimmed the Broncos’ lead to 30-21 before a win by Jacen Jackson at 165.
Jackson, who placed third in the state tournament at 182 pounds last season, dominated his way to a 6-0 lead before the pin in the first period, giving Mustang a 36-21 advantage.
Zach Warren lost by fall at 175 pounds before a tech fall loss by Liam Menge at 190 to cut the Broncos’ lead to 36-32 going into the final two matches.
Seth Brown sealed the victory for the Broncos with a fall over Jeff Oakes at 215 pounds. Brown caught Oakes late in the first period after building a 5-0 lead, giving Mustang a 42-32 advantage before the heavyweight match.
Sam Pritz, who gave up a big weight disadvantage to Union’s Malachi Clark, was pinned early, but to no avail as the Broncos walked away with a 42-38 dual win.
Mustang moved to 2-1 on the season, including a 48-28 win over Class 5A No. 2 Guthrie on Dec. 8. The Broncos return to action on Jan. 3 at No. 13 Piedmont (2-2).