By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Sand Springs has had its share of big-deal wrestlers come through the ranks of Charles Page High School. Carter Young is likely to be counted among the best, but we'll have to wait and see. The 80 pound champion is only in middle school. That hasn't stopped him from making waves, however.
In 2014 he won the 2014 Southern Plains Regional in both Greco and Freestyle going 8-0 in the tournament. He followed it up with a second place finish in Greco at the 2014 ASICS Kids Nationals, then claimed his first National Title in Freestyle with 4-straight tech falls.
He hasn't slowed down one bit going into 2015 and has already taken 19 First Place Titles this year.
At the United States Jr. Open Championships he went 4-0 and pinned three competitors on his way to a first place finish. He then won the 2015 Flo Tulsa Nationals and the Brute Junior High ALL-STATE before having to settle for runner-up at the OKWA 37th State Championships.
He took 1st place in both Greco and Freestyle at a Sapulpa tournament, then took 3rd Place at the 2015 Flo Reno Worlds with 3 pins, including an impressive 0:20.
He swept both styles at both the Sand Springs and Owasso competitions, then defended his titles at the Southern Plains competition.
At the 2015 Schoolboy Duals, team Oklahoma Red took 10th in Greco and 11th in Freestyle, but Young was team-leader with a perfect 16-0 record between the two tournaments with 2 pins, 12 tech falls, and 2 forfeits.
In June it was time to defend his national title at the ASICS Kids Nationals. Defend it he did, defeating wrestlers from 4 states, all by tech fall. In Greco, however, he once again had to settle for 2nd place after a narrow 9-8 decision to Jett Strickenberger of Colorado.
Last month Young took 3rd at the Cliff Keen USAW Preseason National and 1st at the Pryor Halloween Takedown in both divisions four and five.
Earlier this month he took 1st place at an Owasso tournament, then took 1st place at the Joe Zamora/Skyler Holman Open in Broken Arrow in the first junior high tournament of the school year. The very next day, he recorded two pins and one tech fall at the Doug Blubaugh Shelby Wilson Classic for yet another 1st place finish.
Overall, Young is 84-4 this year.
The future of Sandite Wrestling is as bright as ever.