Oologah High School’s trophy cases are littered with golden softball memories and a smattering of state championship plaques from volleyball, basketball and baseball. But now it’s getting to the point where there might not be enough room to house all of Brock Martin’s accomplishments.
On Saturday in Oklahoma City, Martin pinned Madill’s Zane Crisp to the mat in 20 seconds in the 220-pound finals and captured his third straight Class 4A state championship. Martin’s astounding efficiency under the Jim Norick Arena lights even stunned him.
“That was definitely one of the top five fastest pins I’ve had in my high school career,” Martin said. “The plan was to win, but I didn’t plan on it being that fast.”
But what more would you expect from a guy who has been the face — at times, the only face — of Oologah’s wrestling program for four years?
“It’s been pretty cool being the face of the program with a lot of pressure that comes with it,” said Martin, who finished his senior season 26-0. “I will miss wrestling a lot, and I’ll probably have to come back to Oologah to watch some wrestling while I’m in college.”
At Oklahoma State, Martin will join forces with Wagoner’s Malcolm Rodriguez, a rival of Martin’s during football season and a close confidant when it comes to wrestling.
“Me and Malcolm have been friends for years and never had problems with each other,” said Martin, who lost three straight 4A championship games to Rodriguez in football. “We have bonded more since his commitment.”
Their common bond has been wrestling dominance. Rodriguez became a two-time state champion Saturday when he pinned Weatherford’s Tanner Hawkins at 5:04 in the 195-pound 4A finals. Then moments later, Martin secured his crown on the same mat.
“It makes me happy to see my future teammate and I succeed,” Rodriguez said after this 30-0 senior season.
For both, the championships from the weekend bring their wrestling careers to a close — or at least it does for Rodriguez.
“It was a special moment and memory to end my wrestling career as a two-time state champion,” Rodriguez said. “I’m gonna miss wrestling a lot, but I want to put all my focus to football.”
Martin left the door open — ever so slightly.
“I would rather focus on football,” Martin said. “But if (Oklahoma State wrestling coach John) Smith needed a heavyweight to come wrestle, I would definitely think hard on it.”
Either way, both Rodriguez and Martin head to Stillwater leaving athletic legacies at their respective high schools.
“Saturday was very special to me,” Martin said, “because after Saturday’s win, I became the most decorated athlete in Oologah history.”
Yep, Martin is going to need his own trophy case at Oologah High School.
State wrestling tournament notes
– Tuttle, in a surprise to no one, blew out the rest of the Class 4A field and racked up 197.5 points en route to the Tigers’ ninth straight state championship. Seven Tuttle wrestlers — Cale Johnson (106), Luke Surber (113), Rhett Golowenski (120), Tanner Litterell (138), Brik Filippo (145), Carson Berryhill (160) and Tanner Johnson (170) — captured individual titles for Tuttle, and Litterell’s made him a four-time state champion.
Tuttle’s team total fell just short of 2016’s team record (200). The Tigers have risen the bar since eclipsing their former team record of 193 points in 2013.
“The seniors thought they had a shot at 200,” Tuttle coach Matt Surber said.
– Bishop Kelley’s Matt Smith, at 220 pounds, won a 7-3 decision over Piedmont’s Josh Heindselman and became a Class 5A champion on Saturday. Smith’s title was the first at Bishop Kelley since 1990. The Comets now have 33 state champions in school history.