Trojans celebrate 50 years with Muskogee win
Jenks wrestling protected its unbeaten record Tuesday with a home win over Muskogee.
Frank Herald Fieldhouse got its first taste of Trojan grapplers on a night that was about more than the dual. Jenks wrestling celebrated its 50th anniversary and before the event started, several alumni and coaches were recognized.
For some, this was their first time at a Jenks match in some time. Long lost teammates and friends could be seen catching up before the game.
“Wrestling is a small community and it’s nice when you have a family atmosphere,” Jenks coach Ray Weis said. “When people come back and they’re excited to be back and reliving what Jenks wrestling meant to them, I think it’s pretty cool.”
The former players were in for a treat as the Trojans would go on to win the match 66-6.
First up for Jenks was freshman Carson Reich at 113 pounds, following a forfeit from the Trojans at 106 pounds. Reich defeated his opponent 8-7 and set the tone for his veteran teammates to follow.
“It’s nice to see the freshman go up there and get us started so the seniors have something to follow,” Weis said. “It’s not often you get a freshman to be in that lead role.”
Weis said he’s been impressed with Reich since he stepped into the wrestling room. Reich was the first Jenks wrestler to win a match in their new white singlets. Weis hopes this can be the start of a long career for Reich.
“Our little freshman was the first Jenks Trojan to ever win a match in those singlets,” he said. “That’s something he’ll remember and hopefully it sparks in him a lot of want to.”
Following Reich, Garrett Rawlins (120) and Matt Ruley (126) each won their matches by fall, giving Jenks a 15-6 lead. Jonathan Kelvington (132) won by tech fall, pushing the Trojan lead to 20-6.
Branden Elrod (138) and Connor Robbins (145) gave Jenks a 32-6 lead with falls in their matches. Thatcher Hall won his match at 152 by 10-2, raising the team score to 36-6.
Drake Vannoy (160), Killian McGrew (170), Garrett Weis (182) and James Kirby (195) took falls which advanced the Jenks lead to 60-6.
Haden Crawley won 9-6 at 220. John Roberts finished the night at heavyweight winning 7-1.
This match comes on the heels of the team winning the Bristow tournament over the weekend. Before that, in the first dual of the season, the Trojans came out on top over Glenpool 36-35.
“Stuff like that (winning) is getting us started in the right direction,” Weis said. “We have a lot of work to do. We have potential but sometimes potential is a horrible word. Being able to live up to it and expect the guys to do. Winning is great but right now winning takes a back seat to getting better. We have a lot of room to improve.
“We’re looking at all the technical things, making sure we’re doing some of the simple things like moving our feet, creating angles. Making ourselves better wrestlers and then the potential will come.”
Jenks will be back in action after the holiday break at the Texas Outlaw tournament Jan. 3-4.