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The Mustang wrestling team won the Putnam City Invitational Saturday at Putnam City High School in Warr Acres. (Provided photo)
By Jeff Harrison
Staff Writer

The Mustang wrestling team made big strides in their dual performances last season. Head coach Dave Rankin challenged his squad to make the same type of improvements in tournament action this year.

The message came through loud and clear.

The Broncos kicked off the regular season with a strong showing at the Putnam City Invitational. They won the team title and crowned two individual champions at the two-day tournament.

“I’m really proud of our whole team, they all stepped up and did a great job,” Rankin said. “This year, we’re trying to work on the team concept and get a lot of placers at tournaments. And we had 12 of 14 guys place so that was great.”

Freshman Trey Edwards and junior Zach Butler both finished first for the Broncos. Edwards, who was competing in his first varsity tournament, pinned a Norman wrestler to win the 120-pound title. Butler also came up with a fall in the 170-pound finals against a wrestler from Coppel, Texas.

Clay Feeland (220) and Gareth Ballard (138) also advanced to the finals but came up short in their final bout to place second.

Robert King took third at 145 pounds. Gage McBride (126), Jordan Kalmeyer (132), Redmond Wilkinson (152) all placed fourth. Carrie McNeil (113), Julien Gallegos (160), David McCright (182) and Mark Castanada (195) each placed fifth.

Mustang won the team title with 286.5 points. Norman North placed second with 273 points and the host Pirates were third with 265.5.

The Broncos also sent several wrestlers to the Deer Creek JV Tournament. Kaden Truelove finished first at 195 pounds. JR Kalmeyer (126) and Marshall Mathews (152) each placed fourth, and Cole Bierman (182) and Austin Brown (195) were sixth.

The Broncos will compete in the Norman North Invitational Saturday.

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