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Lions take 5th at Duncan; Cody Hicks wins 145

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Seven grapplers placed in the Top 4 and the Durant Lions posted a solid fifth place team finish in the rugged Southern Oklahoma Wrestling Invitational in Duncan on Saturday.

Junior Cody Hicks went through the tough event unbeaten to claim the 145-pound individual title, the Lions’ lone championship victory. Josh McKim chipped in a runner-up finish at heavyweight.

Hicks moved his season record to a perfect 12-0 by sweeping through four matches, including three by pin fall. He dispatched Josh Moore of Ardmore and Ty Linam from Marlow in quick fashion and then stopped Marlow’s Bryson Hughes by fall at 5:26.

The DHS standout followed with a 10-4 decision over Nathan Adamson of Elgin for the title.

In the heavyweight division, McKim posted a first period fall victory against Deven Sasser of Amarillo Caprock and then decisioned Joshua Poahway of Cache, 4-0 in the semifinals. He dropped a fall verdict in 4:22 of the championship match versus Steven Blake Culberson from Duncan.

At 152 pounds, Ethan Horner fought back from a first round loss with four consecutive victories, including an impressive 21-4 technical fall against Graham Kraft from McKinney Christian Academy to claim third place.

Ty Rudolf accomplished the same feat at 160 pounds, dropping a first round verdict before reeling off four wins in a row. That run included a 2:28 fall triumph against Plainview’s Eddy Blue Norman for third place.

The Lions also had a trio of fourth place finishers in Jared Pierce, Cory Hicks and Fulton Gorges.

Pierce went 4-2 at 120 pounds, including three strong pin fall wins through the consolation bracket.

Cory Hicks notched consecutive fall wins at 132 pounds to reach the semifinals before a 2-0 loss to Marlow standout Kobey Kizarr. The DHS freshman bounced back with a win before a high-scoring decision defeat against Cache’s Marquez Dowell.

Gorges also won his first two matches by fall at 170 pounds before suffering a loss to Donovan Shafer of Cache in the semifinals. He rebounded with a quick win but lost a fall verdict to Rex Collins from McKinney Christian.

Carter Ansiel posted a sixth place showing at 113 pounds and Alex Jamison also placed sixth at 182 with three fall triumphs to get back to the consolation semifinals on the way to a 3-3 finish.

Isaiah Wright covered the same path as Jamison in the 195-pound division, winning his opening match and then losing a narrow 14-11 decision in the quarterfinals. He placed sixth however thanks to back-to-back consolation round wins.

Durant’s next varsity action is a big district dual showdown with Glenpool and Noble at Noble on January 10.

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