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The Tuttle Tigers captured their fifth straight dual state championship with a 55-12 win over Vinita on Saturday. (Photo: Trey Hunter)
 

By Trey Hunter
Mustang Times
Staff Writer


CUSHING- The Tuttle Tigers continued their dominance over Class 4A with a 55-12, dual state championship win over the Vinita Hornets on Saturday and although they fell behind early, coach Matt Surber and his team didn’t even flinch.

“We’ve been behind a little bit today,” Surber said. “But my kids, that stuff don’t shake them too much… I didn’t get shook up either. We just kind of go at it and the kids understand what’s going on."

Surber and the Tigers appeared cool, calm and collected even after dropping the first two matches of the final. They bounced back, winning 12 straight on route to the dual crown.

Vinita’s Jake Mason pinned Dusty Loftin at 182 pounds to start the final and Teague Fox withdrew from the second match at 195 pounds, after tearing a ligament in his right shoulder. Vinita won the match by injury disqualification.

That’s when Tuttle closed the door on the Hornets.

Riley Fielder turned things around in the third match at 220 pounds, pinning Vinita’s Stefan Frost in the second period. Dustin Mason followed with a 3-1 win over Dylan Enyart at 285 pounds to cut Vinita’s lead to 12-9.

Tuttle grabbed a 15-12 lead when Noah McQuigg pinned Chandler Edwards in the first period at 106 pounds. Tanner Litterell followed suit with a first period pin at 113 pounds and the Tigers extended their lead to 21-12.

After two straight pins, Beau Guffey captured a 10-3 win over Dustin Hayes at 120 pounds. Blake Dauphin continued the run with a 14-1 win over Grant Martin at 126 pounds, extending Tuttle’s lead to 28-12.

Brik Filippo earned a 9-3 decision at 132 pounds over Branch Ward while Dayton Garrett followed by pinning Jake Ornder in the second round at 138 pounds.

Lane Turner kept things going with a 9-3 win over Tim Sargert at 145 pounds before Seth Shelton took care of business at 152 pounds, pinning Brooks Bowzer in the second round.

Drake Farmer captured a 5-4 decision at 160 pound before Dakota Head pinned Brandon Street at 170 pounds, earning Tuttle a 55-12 win and their fifth straight Class 4A dual state title.

After the win, Surber praised his team and seniors, but also set his sights on a sixth straight title.

“They’ve (seniors) been here for four years and have been hard at it. I’ve got to give them credit, they’ve been good leaders this year. We started eight underclassmen that are 10th graders and freshmen and juniors. We’ll try to reload next year and try to come back.”

The Tigers continue postseason play at their regional, state qualifier tournament hosted by Harrah High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22. 




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