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Seven SW Oklahoma stars named to OCA All-State wrestling and swim teams

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – The Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) recently released its All-State wrestling and swim teams. Several athletes from SW Oklahoma made the cut.

A pair from Altus were named All-Staters at the large school level. Montorie Bridges, who racked up a 49-3 record as a senior, picked up his second straight title at 126 pounds as he defeated Del City's Tre Wright in dominating fashion, 15-4 in the championship match.

Fellow Bulldog Taven Birdow was also named to the All-State team. Birdow captured the 5A state title at 220 pounds with ease, winning his championship match 8-1. It was the second gold medal of his career. Birdow was 37-2 as a senior. 

Two other area standouts made the All-State team at the small school level. Elgin's Reece Maitlen was selected to the team after a 36-6 senior season. Maitlen was upset in the 4A state quarterfinals but rebounded by mowing through the consolation bracket for a 3rd place finish.

Jake Swanson of Cache made the team at 195 pounds. Swanson went 24-7 as a senior and was one of three Bulldogs to advance to the state tournament.

Three local swimmers were selected to the OCA All-State team, two of them from the State Champion Altus boys’ team.

It was no surprise that Daniel Brown made the cut. Brown won four gold medals at state as a senior. He repeated as the 5A champion in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. He was also part of the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams that easily won first place.

Also on those relay teams was Walker Sacco. Sacco was the runner-up to Brown in the 50-free and finished 3rd in the 100-free. Sacco and Brown were part of three state title teams in their time at Altus.

The two Bulldogs are joined on the All-State team by Duncan standout Charles Espinola. Espinola repeated as the state champion in the 100-yard backstroke, breaking a school record in the process.  He also finished 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly.

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