Chanelle Alburg placed second at 120 pounds, while previously undefeated Azrael Smith dropped a 4-1 decision to Broken Arrow’s Ki’Eisha Cathey in the 235 final.
“We had a couple of setbacks, surprises, but we’re young, so they’ll learn from it, gain from it,” McAfee said. “Overall, it’s a success. I’m very pleased with all of them.”
One of those setbacks was courtesy of Cathey. After losing twice previously this season to Smith, including in the East Regional final last weekend, she bounced back to claim a hard-fought victory for her second straight state title.
“This was their third match together, and (Cathey) lost both, so this was an incredibly sweet victory,” said Broken Arrow coach Cassidy Jasperson. “She’s been adapting to her new weight class, and we knew she was peaking and finally finding her flow at the right time, but mentally, for her to go out there against somebody who has already beaten her twice this season, to show up like that, and to be relentless, it’s a dream to coach someone with that much heart, that’s going to come back and win when it truly matters the most. That’s what this sport is all about.”
Wrestling a family affair at Bixby
Bixby’s girls accomplished a lot with a little, finishing second with just four wrestlers qualified for the state tournament.