By Chuck Reherman
Yukon will look to avoid a losing dual season on Thursday when the Millers travel west to compete against Weatherford in a season ending dual.
The Millers will take a two dual win streak into the final one that begins at 7 p.m. at WHS.
YHS won their second in a row and did it in quick fashion, rolling to a 68-12 win over Edmond Santa Fe.
The Millers improved to 4-5 in duals with the second straight rout. This dual took only 36 minutes as Santa Fe brought only nine wrestlers and only five matches went past the first round and only one went the full six minutes.
“I didn’t like giving up those two falls in the middle of the dual, but we had two freshmen go out there,” Miller head coach Joe Schneider said. “We had some other freshmen in the line-up as well, but we are going out, competing and getting ready for regionals.
“That is major importance,” he said. “Doing the right things every chance we got.”
The Millers did get off to a fast start when Jackson Bodine pinned Jason Ayala in just 55 seconds. Bodine scored a quick takedown to a nearfall, then the fall.
The Millers ran the lead to 18-0 after Cooper Mahaffey pinned Theo Depona in 1:57. Mahaffey led 9-3 when he scored the fall.
Brady Ramsey’s fall over Anthony Hudspeth in 43 seconds at 126-pounds. Bryce Gaucher’s 18-2 technical fall over Micah Hooks at 132-pounds opened a 29-0 lead. Gaucher had five nearfalls and ended the match in 3:34.
Jacob Mirkes pinned Bryron Bundage in 1:44 at 138-pounds to give the Millers a 35-0 lead.
After losing matches at 145 and 152, Austin Billy gave the Millers a 38-12 lead with a, 8-7 decision over Carter North at 160. Billy used an escape with 10 seconds left in the match to break a 7-7 tie.
Nate Hahn pinned Angel Acevedo in 5:22 at 170-pounds in the final match of the night.
“Austin has to learn to follow directions, he is in a tough situation and tough little situation with a certain position and he has to be more coachable,” Schneider said. “He is not listening to what we are telling him and it got to be a closer match.
“If we follow our directions and follow our procedures in our room, he can come away a lot more cleaner in those matches.
“That goes for a lot of them, they can’t get stubborn in their ways right now, there is still lots to learn and lots to improve on.”
The Millers, after Weatherford will head to the west regionals at Westmoore.