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Zac Julian and the Broncos had a nice showing on Friday and Saturday at Putnam City. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following a tough act one after hosting Edmond North to their opening dual last Thursday night the Broncos got a feel of what great success feels like. But it was not exactly what the Broncos had in mind.

Mustang was one out of the 17 teams that competed in the Putnam City Invitational last Friday and Saturday. The Broncos had a nice showing finishing in third place. Mustang was just edged out of second by Putnam City North who scored 255 points while the Broncos had 251 points. 

“It was a good couple of days a lot of good matches. There was 120 matches total,” Mustang coach Dave Rankin said. “There was a lot of good experience in for these kids that they needed.”

A year ago Mustang was pleased with their fourth place finish at the Putnam City Invitational. This year they were displeased with third believing that they should have been up higher at the top.

“Last year we were fourth at this tournament and we were real happy to be fourth and placed five guys. This year we placed nine guys and were just four points away from second. This year we were not satisfied with third,” Rankin said.

Mustang’s heavyweight Jared Chance won the tournament. 

“He did a really good job,” Rankin said.

Zac Julian fell in the finals and placed second. 

“He had six falls in the tournament so he got a lot of points for us,” Rankin said.

Chase Ramos, Gareth Ballard and David McCright all placed third and fell to the eventual champions of the tournament in the semi-finals.

“They all only had one loss in the tournament,” Rankin said.

Clay Feland finished fourth, Julian Wethley and Robert Simons finished in fifth and Zac Butler ended in sixth.
Mustang placed nine wrestlers in the Putnam City Invitational.

“We were real happy to place nine guys. They worked hard it was a tough tournament,” Rankin said. “I’m real pleased with the way that they are coming around. I’m happy that we aren’t happy with third now. I think we’re ready to step up to the next level.”

VS. EDMOND NORTH – Mustang began their season at home with a dual against no. 2 ranked Edmond North last Thursday.

The Broncos fell 55-15 but did better than what was predicted going into the dual.

“They’re solid all the way up and down. We really were maybe supposed to win two matches and we won four. Besides the four that we won we put up a good fight,” Rankin said. “Our energy level was good and the excitement level was good.”

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