Sandites headed to national caliber tournament at Kansas City

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This weekend the Charles Page High School varsity wrestling team will travel to the 10th annual Kansas City Stampede at Hale Arena. 

The event will include 40 teams from 11 states, 28 of which placed in the top 4 in their state tournaments last season. More than 150 state medalists and over 40 state champions will participate; several of which have international experience, including our very own Daton Fix.

Fix is the only Sandite to finish first in this tournament, and is one of only 17 wrestlers in the 9 years the event has been held to win it twice. He's also an Olympic silver medalist and World Championship bronze medalist. 

Last year the Sandites came in 6th with four wrestlers finishing top-8. Stillwater and Tuttle were the only Oklahoma schools to finish ahead of Sand Springs. This year the Sandites are ranked 25th nationally by FloWrestle. Tuttle is the only other Okie school on that list and they are ranked 18th. 

Other teams participating this year include #8 Archer, GA and #19 Neosho, MO from the FloWrestling rankings, and #41 Platte County, MO. 

Last year Jack Karstetter placed 9th, Beau Bratcher placed 6th, and Zane Basma took 10th.