The top-four at each weight advanced to state.
Moore’s McKale Washington came had his chances to take home a regional title when he and Putnam City North’s Velijah Cato had to go into overtime to decide a winner.
With 1:27 left in the second period and trailing 2-1, Cato picked up Washington and slammed him on his left wrist, which was already heavily taped. He was forced to take a medical timeout.
Washington regrouped and got back into the action. He held onto his one point advantage into the third period. He chose to start out on the top position and rode Cato for 1:50. But with 10 seconds left, Cato got an escape to tie match and send it into overtime.
The two batted to a stalemate through two extra periods. In the final seconds of the third overtime, Cato took a 3-2 advantage. Washington had only eight seconds to get a take down and was unable to do so and lost 4-2
Along with Washington, the Lions are sending four other wrestlers to next week’s state championships. Justin Gundlach, Clayton Selznoff, Colby Moore and Kyle Peterman were all in the consolation finals.
Westmoore’s Wes Hardin, Dalton Duffield are also heading to state.
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