OKLAHOMA CITY—Poteau junior Tyler Tustin of Poteau defeated Steven Fernandez of Newcastle 2-1 in the finals of the 4A State Championship in the 132-pound weight class to capture his second straight state championship.
After a cat and mouse first period, neither wrestler scored a point. Tustin started on the mat for the beginning of the second period and never could get an escape and Hernandez rode out the second period with the score still 0-0.
Hernandez, a 2011 state champion in Class 3A took to the mat for the last period hoping to gain an escape and possibly win the Gold. Tustin had other ideas as he turned Hernandez early in the third period and got two back points for getting Hernandez’s shoulders at more than a 45-degree angle to the mat for a two count and was rewarded the points.
There was over a minute to go when Tustin stayed hooked up and kept Hernandez on the mat for the remainder of the period for the win and his second state championship in as many years. The referee rewarded Hernandez a penalty point for locking his wrists but it was too late for Hernandez to do anything but watch Tustin celebrate another state championship.
Tustin defeated Josh Mouser of McLoud in his opening match in Friday’s early session in a close one 4-3 and defeated Cole Wheeler of Jay 14-1 in the evening session to advance to the finals on Saturday night.
He is only the second state champion for Poteau and the first two-time state champion.
Tustin finished 47-1 on the year and improved his career record to 127-6. He finished third as a freshman two years ago.
yler’s record for the year was a 47-1 which ran his record for his career to 127-6, Two State Championships (2011,2012) and a Third place finish in his Freshman year in 2010.
Poteau’s other wrestler at the state tournament, sophomore Kaydon Evans lost his opening round match to eventual state champion Kyle Knight of Cushing on Friday and battled back to stay alive in the evening match with D.J. Womack of Glenpool.
Evans then wrestled Ty Martinez of Sallisaw in the morning session on Saturday for a chance to wrestle for third place, but lost a nail biter 6-4 in which Evans apparently took down Martinez in the first period and got a no call, apparently the referee’s decided that he was not in full control as the wrestlers were called off the mat.