- Mini Penny
WAGONER â€” It was a good news, bad news scenario for the Poteau Pirates wrestling team at the Class 4 District Duals on Thursday.
The Pirates pulled off a 39-36 victory over the host Bulldogs, but they lost 49-21 to the Black Diamonds â€” who also beat the â€™Dogs 42-27.
The fourth team in the Class 4A District Duals, the Fort Gibson Tigers, did not participate in Thursday's action because they are all dualing the other three teams in regular-season duals â€” all of which will go toward the district duals.
When the Black Diamonds wrestled the Tigers for their homecoming on Jan. 3, they won 51-23. Thus, Sallisaw won the Class 4A District Duals and will be at next month's Class 4A Dual State Tournament.
Against the Bulldogs, the Pirates (14-6) got pins from Kaydon Evans (138 pounds), Trevin Smith (170), Gabe Sanchez (182) and Hank Galetka (195), an 8-2 decision by Tyler Tustin at 132 pounds and forfeits by Luis Gonzalez (220) and Daylon Brewton (heavyweight).
â€śIt was a great win for us,â€ť second-year Poteau Coach Chris Barbee said. â€śIt was just a real good team effort. We didn't give up many bonus points (pins and forfeits). Our hard work finally came to fruition, and it's a credit to the kids.â€ť
However, the Pirates could not do as successful with the Black Diamonds. Poteau only won four matches. Tustin (132 pounds) and Derek Francis (160) won by pinfalls, Evans won a 12-8 decision at 138 pounds and Gonzalez won by forfeit (220).
â€śWe just don't match up as well with Sallisaw,â€ť Barbee said. â€śI think we ran out of gas when we faced them.â€ť
The Pirates, as well as the Talihina Golden Tigers, will be in the Sallisaw Tournament, which began on Friday and will end today.