Sandite wrestling advances to State Semi-finals with 28-25 win over Westmoore

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No.1 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team is still undefeated after going up against the ropes against No.7 Westmoore who battled till the final match.

The two teams spit the dual with each winning seven matches, and it was only through bonus points that Sand Springs pulled off the 28-25 quarterfinal victory at Firelake Arena in Shawnee Friday night. 

"We gotta go wrestle better than that. We only won a single one-point match, they won two or three, got pinned in a spot where we don't ever get pinned, and we didn't get falls in places we always get falls. So what a great opportunity to learn from tonight, and we'll see what happens tomorrow." said head coach Kelly Smith after the dual. 

The dual started off at 126 with #3 Jack Karstetter (31-7) falling into an early deficit to Westmoore's Dalton Duffield, who's ranked #2 in 120 and is last year's State Runner-Up. Duffield had control for the first two periods then took Karstetter down with under a minute left for a 10-2 major decision. 

At 132 the Sandites put up Derek Davis (11-6) against Jacob Benjock who scored a pair of first period takedowns for a 4-1 lead. Davis took control early in the second to narrow it to 4-3, but Benjock quickly reversed control and pinned the Sandite in 3:24 for a 10-0 Jaguar lead. 

Junior Olympic Silver Medalist, World Championship Bronze Medalist, and two-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (37-0) did what Daton Fix does and had some fun with 138 #8 Zachary Johnson, tech falling him 25-8 in 4:52 for the first Sandite win of the night.

138 #2 Beau Bratcher (35-6) wrestled up to 145 against sophomore Ryan Swanson and took a 2-0 lead into the second period. He added two more each period and wrapped it up with a 6-0 decision.

152 #3 Payton Scott (12-4) went the distance against #4 Trey Painter and it came down to the wire with a 3-2 decision as the Sandites took their first lead of the dual, 11-10.

160 #3 Zane Basma (28-9) took a 7-0 lead into the second period after a pair of near falls against William Foster, but ran out of steam in the next two, finishing 11-0 for a major decision. 

170 Trace Fleischman (4-2) saw his first action since the Geary Invitational and was pitted against Deven Brewer. They stalemated the first period but the Sandite scored first with a reversal midway through the second. He scored a takedown early in the third and right before the buzzer for a 6-2 decision and a 18-10 Sandite lead.

At 182 #5 Lane Lettich (11-7) fell into a deep hole against #10 Shane Flandemeyer and ultimately fell 7-1 after being ridden for the majority of the match. 

#8 Zach Sims (20-20) went up against #7 Daveon Newton for 195. The two went scoreless for the first period, but Sims started the second with an escape for the lead Newton escaped to start the third, then took Sims down for a 3-1 lead. Sims got another escape, but ran out of time while looking for the takedown and lost 3-2.

At 18-16, the dual continued to be one of the closest of the season for the Sandites.

220 Delvin Jordan (13-4) scored a first period takedown against Jonathan Martinez and escaped to start the second, ultimately pinning his opponent in 2:56 to give Sand Springs their first substantial lead of the night.

Gage Fain (11-17) wrestled up to 285 against Jordan Finn and both remained pretty locked up till the second period when Fain scored an escape for a 1-0 lead. Finn scored an escape to start the third and the two were locked up once again. The pair went into overtime where Finn got the 3-1 sudden victory win to keep the Jaguars hopes alive.

Circling back to 106 it was freshman Riley Weir (17-8) getting in trouble early on to Dominic Derr before turning things around for a 7-0 first quarter lead. He picked up a stalling point in the second and the third and won the match 9-0 for a 28-19 team lead.

113 #5 Michael Ritchey (19-15) was pitted against State Champion Canon Randall and fell to a 6-2 deficit by the end of the second. He started the third period on top and held control to the end to prevent bonus points leaving Westmoore in dire straits as they needed a pin at 120 to tie it.

At 120 Blake Sargent (31-10) took an early 4-3 lead over Wesley Hardin before Hardin pulled some Hollywood level magic to near fall Sargent for a 6-4 third period lead.  Sargent was pumped up coming into the third and took the lead back briefly but ultimately fell 9-8.

"I'm proud of the effort of our kids, but we gotta do better than that. Westmoore out-wrestled us," said Smith.