By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
There's 12 days left till the Charles Page varsity wrestling team kicks off the season with a big win over Owasso. This season Sand Springs took runner-up in the Fast Pitch softball State Championship, and is soon to beat the snot out of Bixby for a State Championship in football. Once the hubbub surrounding the gridiron quiets down, it'll be all eyes on the mat as Sand Springs returns one of the greatest squads in school history. Our Minutemen are currently ranked #25 in the nation by flowrestling.
For the next 12 days, we'll be counting down to the first dual and taking a look at our crowded roster of major talent.
- Weight: 145
- 2013 Southern Plains Schoolboy Greco Regional Champion
- 2013 Southern Plains Schoolboy Freestyle Regional Champion
- 2014 Oklahoma State Cadet Freestyle Runner-Up
- 2014 Southern Plains Cadet Greco Regional Champion
- 2015 Jerry Billings Runner-Up
- 2015 OSSAA 6A East Regional Champion
Bratcher was one of 11 Sandites to qualify for state last year, and though he failed to place, he's still a major contender this year. He finished 34-9 his sophomore year and placed top-6 in every tournament but state, including the prestigious Kansas City Stampede and the Perry Tournament of Champions. Though he doesn't appear to have done any extra-curricular wrestling this summer, he has a long history of national-level competition. In 2013 he took third at the USAW Cliff Keen Schoolboy Folkstyle Nationals and was a member of the Oklahoma Red dual team that took 3rd at the Schoolboy National Freestyle Duals. He also took 3rd at ASICS Schoolboy Nationals in Freestyle and 4th in Greco. The Junior is guaranteed to make waves this season and will likely be a state placer if not Champion.
- Weight: 285
Wright split most of last season with Dakota Skaggs for the heavyweight spot on the Sand Springs team, and ended the season with a winning record of 10-7. His fastest pin of the season came in 20 seconds against Randy VanDolah of Owasso.