Comanche falls in Dual State quarterfinals

by Todd Brooks

ENID - The young Comanche Indians surprised people by winning their district tournament to qualify for Dual State, but their hopes of riding the wave to a state title ended in the first round against defending champion Blackwell in a 64-6 loss in Enid at Stride Bank Center. Gage Jessen picked up an 8-4 win at 120 pounds and Erik Roy rallied in the third period for a 5-4 win at 150 pounds to account for the Indians’ six points.

The starting weight for the opening round was 165 where lone Comanche senior David Tidwell lost by pin. Kanon Clift lost a close 4-3 match at 175, which was followed by four straight losses by R.J. Roberts at 198, Justin Mann at 215, Aydan Frye at 106 and Hayden Dugan at 113.

Jessen then broke Blackwell’s run at 120 to score the Indians’ first points of the match, which included a near-fall in the third period. That was followed by a loss by Chris Jackson and a 6-1 loss by Matthew Hunt at 132 pounds. Legend Yates lost his match at 138 pounds with Klayton Smith losing at 133 pounds. Following Roy’s dramatic final minute win at 150, Mike Lair lost at 157.

The Indians will be back in action this Friday and Saturday at the regional tournament in Marlow to try to qualify for next week’s state tournament at the Big House in Oklahoma City.