By DAVID SEELEY, Sports Editor
POTEAU – The Poteau Pirates wrestling team ended its regular season on a down note by losing 53-24 to the Greenwood, Arkansas Bulldogs on Senior Night on Tuesday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates (5-5) won five matches, three of those by pins – Skyler Hawk at 126 pounds, Bailey “B.J.” Kneisley at 138 and Will Restine at heavyweight.
The other two wins by Poteau were both decisions, a 7-0 win by Ethan Carey at 170 pounds and an 8-1 win by Dauntay Warren at 182 pounds.
The Bulldogs won four of the remaining nine matches by forfeit, giving them 24 points. Of the remaining five matches Greenwood won, four were by pins and one was by a 22-7 technical fall.
Prior to the dual, Poteau’s senior trio of Hawk, Kneisley and Warren, all three winners on the night, were recognized.
“You always want to win, especially when you’re at home,” Poteau coach Chris Ford said. “We especially wanted to win for our seniors, but it’s tough. They’re a good group of guys. They work hard. They always face adversity well. It’s time to finish this one up and look forward to regionals.”
The last concrete date left on the schedule is the Class 4A Regional Tournament, which will be Feb. 21-22 at Bristow. It will be up to each Pirate matman to punch his ticket to the state tournament, which will be Feb.28-29 at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
“This (the regional tournament) is what it all boils down to,” Ford said. “You prepare all season long. You go through the grind. After football season ended in December, this is what we’ve been getting ready for.”