Stopp, Schieber win titles
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
3/7/2014 10:07:35 AM
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Newkirk Tigers crowned two individual champions on their way to a 4th place finish at the Class 3A Wrestling Championships last Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Senior Briar Stopp (31-4) earned his third straight state championship while senior Jared Schieber (33-3) earned his first. Stopp was the winner at 126 pounds while Schieber was the champion at 152 pounds.
Senior Jacob Vap (31-5) was the runner-up at 160 pounds while senior Brandon Smith (30-9) was 4th at 138 pounds.
Junior Brian Brown (28-9) at 106, Bleau Stopp (27-11) at 145, Pake Shinn (14-19) at 170, and sophomore Trey Hobbs (19-13) at 285 did not place.
“It was a good weekend for our team,” said coach Gene Bennett. “I thought for the most part, we wrestled well, it’s tough down there. There are so many talented wrestlers that you have to be on top of your game.”
Bennett was proud of his two senior champions.
“Both Briar and Jared both were terrific,” Bennett said. “I thought they were both clearly the best wrestlers at their weight class going in and they proved it.”
“I thought Jacob (Vap) wrestled a really good match in the finals,” Bennett added. “He lost 6-1 but he tried everything in the book against that Perry kid. He had a great season.”
Brandon Smith, also a senior, placed 4th.
“Brandon probably didn’t wrestle as well as he would have liked in the first round but he was pretty solid after that,” Bennett said.
Juniors Bleau Stopp and Brian Brown and sophomore Trey Hobbs both won matches at the state meet. Pake Shinn was the only Tiger wrestler to not wrestle Saturday.
“We lose four kids but we return four that gained valuable experience,” Bennett said. “All four of these kids had good seasons and with good off-seasons, will be back better wrestlers next season.”
The Tigers finished 4th behind Perry, Tonkawa, and Chandler.
“We’ve had more champions (five) the past two years than anyone in our class,” Bennett said. “That speaks a lot about these kids and our program.”
106--B. Brian def. Shelby (Madill) by pin
126--Br. Stopp def. Blevins (Little Axe) by pin
138--B. Smith lost to Wall (Chandler) 3-0
145--Bl. Stopp def. Davidson (Sulphur) 4-3
152--J. Schieber def. Smith (Kingfisher) by pin
160--J. Vap def. Baker (Sulphur) by pin
170--P. Shinn lost to Gray (Chandler) by pin
285--T. Hobbs lost to Woodward (Douglass) by pin
106--B. Brown lost to Gfeller (Heritage Hall) 13-3
126--Br. Stopp def. Priest (Pawhuska) by pin
145--Bl. Stopp lost to Ryan (Chandler) 5-3
152--J. Schieber def. Young (Heritage Hall) 9-1
160--J. Vap def. Scarbrough (Marlow) 1-0
126--Br. Stopp def. Zamora (Madill) 7-2
152--J. Schieber def. Looper (Perry) 5-3
160--J. Vap lost to Thomas (Perry) 6-1
First Round Consolations
138--B. Smith def. Vowell (Hinton) 7-2
170--P. Shinn lost to Walker (Heritage Hall) 14-2
285--T. Hobbs def. Jones (Perry) by pin
106--B. Brown lost to Ward (Berryhill) 8-3
138--B. Smith def. Schoolfield (Comanche) 11-5
145--Bl. Stopp lost to Collins (Tonkawa) 5-3
285--T. Hobbs lost to Fagan (Plainview) by pin
138--B. Smith lost to Travaletti (Berryhill) by pin
Team Scores: 1. Perry 118.00, 2. Tonkawa 82.00, 3. Chandler 76.50, 4. Newkirk 72.00, 5. Kingfisher 51.00, 6. Blackwell 49.00, 7. Plainview 46.00, 8. Berryhill 42.00, 9. Heritage Hall 41.50, 10. Sperry 31.00