The Bronco wrestling team defeated the PC West Patriots on Tuesday night. Tuesday was a great win and a great night for the Mustang Wrestling family. After the dual fans, parents, wrestlers, and coaches all met at at the wrestling room for an ice cream social to get to know each other and celebrate the young men's hard work. Another reason it was special is the Matrix Little League led by Brian Picklo got the recognition it deserved. Kids like the following represented the state of Oklahoma in Virginia on the national level:
Jon Wiley - Undefeated and Outstanding Wrestler Award
Tate Picklo - 6 Falls
The dual started out with the Broncos coming out with falls from 138 all the way to 195. The PC West Patriots picked up a win in a close match. Freeman from PC West faced Austin Brown. Brown lost to Freeman earlier in the year, but this time Austin Brown gave him one heck of a match. Brown going into the 3rd period had the match tied at 4-4 and nearly grasped the win but got taken down with thirty seconds to go. Freeman is a returning state placer (3rd) in the state of Oklahoma. Brown is only a sophomore and has a bright future. The only other victory the Patriots had was at HWT against Jonathan Brown, Brown was grappling with the Patriot wrestler but slipped getting his feet tangled underneath him and fell to his back. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 69-9
The new head coach is already on a great start. Yesterday the Mustang JH wrestling team took on Newcastle and Edmond North. The boys came out strong and defeated a Newcastle team that beat them earlier in the week in a dual tournament. Coach Little had this to say,
"We wrestled really tough and got some falls where we needed them. We had guys who did not get pinned that did in the previous dual. It really helped secure the win over Newcastle."
With Coach Little, Coach Brian Picklo and Coach Robert Johnson the kids are enthused and excited. The numbers in the room are at a all time high thanks to the Matrix Wrestling Program and the recruitment in the hallways of the coaches.
The Mustang wrestlers after losing to Edmond North in a close dual came rallying back with a big win over a very tough 3A Heritage Hall team. The dual started out at 132 pounds where newcomer Cody Holt. Holt with only three practices came up short. The Chargers also won at 138; until Gage McBride turned things around at 145 by winning his match by three points. Coach Dick had this to say about Gage's performance,
"Gage is getting better. He is working flankers well and keeping his hips off the mat. Last season we had a problem with that so I am happy to see him improving on a daily basis."
The Broncos picked up forfeit wins at 160-HWT against the Chargers, but this did not secure the victory for the Broncos. The Chargers came rallying back with pins at the following weights: 106, 113, and 120 to make the dual a 6 point match. Returning state qualifier Trey Edwards was representing the Broncos against Logan Johnson for the Heritage Hall Chargers. The match started out close with Trey Edwards being ahead 4-2, Johnson came back with a takedown of his own to tie up the match at 4-4. The third period came and Coach Allen and Coach Dick told Trey to take the bottom position to win the match. Trey with only 2 seconds remaining came out the back door to reverse Johnson as Johnson was working on a pinning combination. Trey secured the victory for the Broncos. Coach Dick said this about the match,
"Coach Allen and I knew that the match would be tough. Every single one of the kids they brought I have coached on the national teams in the summer. We wanted our kids to compete and they did! They showed us they have heart. I know Coach Allen was pleased to see their fight and not give up. Things will only get tougher from here, we must be ready for kids like Heritage Hall has. Coach Laurent and the Chargers have a good chance of winning 3A state. Overcoming adversity, pushing ourselves harder and faster, and going against tough competition will only help us in the end."
The Broncos will go up against the Putnam City West Patriots on Tuesday December 16th at home. Varsity will begin at 7:00 and JV at 6:00. Go Broncos!
The Mustang Wrestling team is now 1-1 after wrestling Edmond North on December 2nd and Heritage Hall on December 9th. The Mustang Grapplers came out against a Edmond North team who had won state two years ago and finished runner-up last season. The team knew that it would be a difficult dual, including just getting the football players from their playoff run. Coach Allen and Coach Dick thought the best course of action was to leave it up to the football players if they were ready for competition. Their attitudes were great and wanted to compete. The dual started out great with two wins from Joe Lupton and Jason Clark. The Huskies got on a roll throughout the dual and the Broncos got down to a 11 point deficit. With big wins at the 170, 182,195, & 220 the dual came down to the big guys at HWT. Jonathan Brown was sent out by the Broncos to go up against a very tough Edmond North returning Huskie. Brown put up a fight but was pinned in the first period to give the Huskies a 33-34 victory. Heart breaking loss for the Broncos, Coach Will Allen said this,
"We found out alot about our guys tonight. They have heart."
We have added some days that we think we need practices for. We have some Sunday practices where we have duals on the Tuesday of that week, and we have some Monday practices that we are out of school but have Regionals that week and District Duals. These are important for us as a team.
You can find the updated schedule on the schedule page or the team files link.
Some of our best and brightest wrestlers need their spotlight as well as our current Broncos! We have added a section for our Broncos who are pursuing their careers in college wrestling around the country. Currently Mustang has three wrestlers in college wrestling: Jose Chavez del Real, Garreth Ballard, and David McCright.
We have put together a printable schedule for the parents to hand out to grandparents and other loved ones. We want as many people at our events as possible and this is the best way. You can click on the "Files" link here at MustangBroncos.org or you can go and download it at www.mustangtakedownclub.com We appreciate all of your support! Go Broncos!
The wrestling team has been working extremely hard with Coach Craig Allen. They have been lifting and doing many plyometric drills. The kids range of motion and their agility is becoming much better. Coach Craig Allen keeps their drills to about five different stations and they rotate every 30 seconds.
Today Sept. 3, 2014 the kids will be working on small wrestling drills on the mat with Coach Dick. The Mustang wrestling team has many new faces this year and every year we have some fine tuning to do with their techniques. The coaches and parents are looking forward to a great year!