Miller wrestlers set for regionals

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Cooper Mahaffey will take aim on a return trip to the state tournament, competing in the regionals at Westmoore. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
It has been a rough season for Yukon’s high school wrestling team.
A lot of that can change this weekend.
State tournament berths will be on the line as the Millers head to Westmoore to compete in the Class 6A West Wrestling Regionals. The regionals open at 11 a.m. on Friday with the championship first round and quarterfinals and consolation first round.
The second session starts at 5 p.m. with the championship semifinals and second round consolation round.
The third round starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with the championship finals, consolation finals and fifth and sixth place matches starting at 4 p.m.
The Millers will have three wrestlers looking to make a return trip to the state tournament and YHS head coach Joe Schneider is looking to send a contingent of wrestlers to state.
“We have the three that have been to state before so they know what it will take,” Schneider said. “We want to get as many into the state tournament as we can, but we know we have our work cut out for us, we are in a really, really tough regional.
“We will have to wrestle well to get many into the tournament with the people we will have to face in the regionals,” he said. “But, this is what we have worked all season for and we have spent this week getting as ready as we can for the tournament. We will just have to go out there and did deep this weekend and battle as hard as we can.”
The Millers will have a tough task with teams No. 2 Mustang, No. 3 Choctaw, No. Edmond North and No. 6 Edmond Memorial. YHS finished the dual season with a 5-5 record and ranked No. 12.
Other teams competing in the regionals include: Capitol Hill, Edmond Santa Fe, Lawton, Moore, Norman, Norman North, Putnam City, Putnam City North, Putnam City West, Southmoore and Westmoore.
The Millers capped the season this past week with a 54-19 win over Weatherford.
“It was a good night, we would have liked to have wrestled all the matches and I hated that we lost four matches,” Schneider said. “But, we had some good matches that will help get us ready for regionals.
The Millers trailed 19-9, before winning the next four matches and then getting five forfeits.
Connor Columbus won 15-5 at 195 over Tyler Hoffman, Corbin Gordon won by tech fall over Iceaha Freeborn at 220 and Lane Parks won by fall to give YHS a 24-19 lead.