Wichita Northwest’s Andre Turner would have liked to see Wichita West’s Trevon Mitchell stare him down for a match at 182 pounds.
“I had a feeling I wasn’t going to wrestle Trevon,” Turner said. “I was very disappointed. I was looking forward to this match since last year – I still didn’t get it last year.”
Mitchell moved out of the weight class for the dual, so instead, Turner earned his major decision and did his part to help Northwest score a 40-32 victory.
Turner was far from the only won not to get his ideal match.
The premiere contest was at 160, where 6A No. 1 Saul Ortiz was slated to face off with 5A No. 3 Kalin Collins. Both were state runner-ups a year ago.
Ortiz and Collins were a few grapples in when Collins gave a late hip toss, sending Ortiz tumbling off the edge of the mat. The ref disqualified Collins, causing a firestorm of cackles and cold glares from the fans.
“I want to keep the intensity in all matches, but we have to learn to control it without letting our emotions get the best of us,” said West coach Kenneth Taylor. “Those guys will see each other a couple more times this season, which I’m looking forward to it, but we have to control our emotions.”
Northwest’s Micquille Robinson was disqualified in the next match, too. Later, Collins walked to the Northwest bench and shook Ortiz’ hand, cooling down a combustible situation.
Turner’s match followed the disqualifications. He kept his emotions in check until he secured the win, then let out a flex and primal roar – maybe a small message that he cannot wait for his shot at Mitchell, whenever it may come.
“I wanted to do so much more, but I knew I’d be in trouble if I expressed my feelings too much,” Turner said. “I just had to get a good yell in.”
Earlier in the contest, the 138-pound battle featured Northwest’s Dylan Brazell and West’s Marcus Phillips. Both are returning state placers.
Phillips was surprisingly dominating, stretching a 4-3 lead into a 12-6 win with four takedowns. After falling behind 4-2, all of Brazell’s points came from escapes.
Phillips wrestled up a weight class.
“We told him he was going to have to use his quickness and his good technique over his power,” Taylor said. “He had some troubles in the first period getting the shots off, but once his confidence kicked in, he was able to open up his arsenal and score some takedowns that were pretty nice.”
West, No. 8 in 5A, lacked the depth across the board to keep up with Northwest, the No. 3 team in 6A. Dee Brown (126 pounds), Shane Brock (132), Dylan Beckner (145) and Kevin Folson (152) all scored pins for the Grizzlies.
“They’re back to being a strong, physical team. We knew we had to match that,” said Northwest coach Eric Prichard. “We knew we had a target on our back, going for our third city championship in a row now.
“Everywhere we go, we have a target on our back.”