“It’s always nice when you win,” Jones said.
A few minutes later, he received the championship plaque after the Tigers had corralled the Bobby Lyons Invitational.
It wasn’t a surprise the Tigers – the two-time Class 6A state champions – won the 20-team tournament at Ed Dubie Fieldhouse.
Eye-opening was how close Sapulpa came to knocking off the Tigers.
Sapulpa, coached by Shawn’s brother Biff Jones, finished second just 7.5 points behind in what evolved into a two-team race.
BAHS, which crowned four champions and five others finish second or third, had 208.5 points. On the strength of two champions and eight others in the top six, Sapulpa had 197 points.
The Tigers nursed a 184.5-177 advantage over Sapulpa going into the placement matches.
Simmons, a ninth grader, was voted by tournament coaches as the Outstanding Lower Weight.
Ferman apparently injured his left knee late in the second period and limped off the mat. Later, Ferman appeared in a team picture on crutches. Jones said the extent of the injury was unknown.
“That’s a pretty good night,” Shawn Jones said. “We saw some of the best teams this weekend.”
“That’s how I want to wrestle,” Simmons said. “I beat him last year and I determined I wasn’t going to lose this match.”
Clark needed a takedown with two seconds left in the first overtime period for a 3-1 decision over Stillwater’s King Williams, who had height and reach advantages on the Tiger.