Meet the Sandites: Gage Fain, Cole Dixon & Trace Fleischman

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

There's 11 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 11 days, we'll be counting down to the first dual and taking a look at our crowded roster of major talent. 

Trace Fleischman

  • Senior
  • Weight: 170
  • 2015 OSSAA 6A East Regional Champion

Fleischman doesn't have the extensive summer wrestling experience that some of our boys have, but that didn't stop him from claiming the title of 6A East Regional Champion last year and taking 3rd in state. The talented athlete is also the leading receiver on our state-bound football team and will only have 6 days to get in shape for wrestling. He's currently listed at 170 on the roster, though he finished last season at 182. Needless to say, he'll be a regular this season and will likely place in every tournament he competes in.

Cole Dixon

  • Senior
  • Weight: 195

Dixon fell short of qualifying for state last year, coming in 6th at Regionals, but leads the football team with an impressive 91 tackles. He went 19-17 last season and is a beast on both the mat and the turf. 

Gage Fain

  • Sophomore
  • Weight: 285
  • 2013 USAOK Middle School Folkstyle Champion
  • 2014 Joe Zamora/Skyler Holman Broken Arrow Open Junior High Champion

Fain didn't get to spend a whole lot of time on the mat last season, but he more than stretched his legs this summer. He took 3rd place at the OK USA Cadet Freestyle State Tournament and participated on Team Oklahoma which took 10th place at Cadet Greco Dual Nationals and 7th place at Cadet Freestyle Dual Nationals. Fain has done most of his wrestling at 220, but the current roster shows him bumped up to heavyweight.