The Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team is sitting in fourth place at the Jerry Billings Invitational in Sapulpa after the first day of competition. The Sandites sent three to the finals, have six guaranteed placers, and have ten wrestlers still in contention headed into Saturday.
Nationally ranked No. 18 Broken Arrow has the tournament title clinched with 254.5 points and ten finalists. A distant second is 5A No. 1 Collinsville with 152.5 points and four finalists, followed by 3A No. 2 Comanche with 144 points and five finalists. Sand Springs has 114 points.
Scott Patton (17-1, 52-23) is headed to the 152 finals after pinning Spencer Shook in 2:31 and Stormy Weathers in 1:02, and a 10-4 decision over Broken Arrow’s William Martin. The only Sandite to win a tournament this season, he will look for his second straight title against undefeated Comanche State Qualifier Gage Miller (13-0).
Chris Kirby (18-6, 40-16) made his way to the finals at 160 with three falls. He pinned Elijah Baker in 2:00, Seth Jackson in 0:49, and Mason Seth in 3:58. Against Baker he worked up a 17-3 first period lead before pinning the Bruin. His match with Seth was a wild offensive shootout as the two combined for 35 points before Kirby came out on top. He will wrestle undefeated Comanche State Qualifier Ethon Hamrick (13-0) Saturday evening.
Kaden Glass (15-5) earned his spot in the 195 finals with relative ease, pinning Joseph Williams in 0:43 and Brady Neasby in 0:41. In the semifinals he topped Union State Qualifier Elijah Tomlin 6-1. His finals match will be against Broken Arrow two-time State Champion Gavin Potter.
Sango Whitehorn (0-2) also competed at 195 and is still alive in consolation. He received a first round bye, was pinned by Potter, then defeated Williams 5-2. He can clinch a placement match with a win over Pawhuska’s Bryce Drummond, with Tomlin waiting for the winner in the semis.
Brendon Wiseley (14-8, 28-16) kicked off the 106 event by pinning Gunnor Yates in 1:34 then racked up a 15-0 technical fall against Tayton Gwaltney before falling to Collinsville freshman standout Cameron Steed (20-2) in the semifinals.
Defending tournament champion Riley Weir (11-5, 102-32) breezed through his first two contests at 120, pinning Dominic Maj in seven seconds and Karson Cervantez in 33 seconds before being pinned by undefeated Bixby freshman Zach Blankenship (22-0) in the semifinals. His pin of Maj shattered the school record for fastest fall at 113 pounds, and it is fourth in the school at any weight class.
Seth Jones (9-5, 31-19) received a first round bye at 126 and was defeated 6-3 by Broken Arrow State Qualifier Blazik Perez at 126 pounds in the quarterfinals. He will take on Ponca City State Qualifier Kristopher Humble Saturday morning.
Caleb Phillips (3-6, 5-13) suffered a first round fall at 138 at the hands of Pawhuska State Qualifier Price Perrier, but snapped back in consolation. He rebounded from a 3-0 second-period deficit to Caleb Rogers with a pair of takedowns before sticking the Redskin in 1:59, then pinned Alec Capehart in 1:40. He will take on Muskogee State Qualifier Christian Webb Saturday morning.
Josh Fincannon (15-10, 29-27) had an impressive showing at 220, pinning Brandon Holland in 0:53 and Torry Thrower in 2:23. In the semifinals he was defeated 13-1 by three-time Broken Arrow State Champion, nationally-ranked No. 9 Zach Marcheselli.
Three Sandites competed at 182. Thomas Naugle (1-2) and Riley Magee (6-5, 11-10) were both eliminated, though Magee won a 9-1 major decision against Sperry’s Joey Cook in the first round. Santana Naugle (2-4) is still alive thanks to a first round bye. He was teched by Broken Arrow’s Emmanuel Skillings, but snapped back with a 2:38 pin of Muskogee’s Mikel Swain. He will wrestle Gabe Lyon of Collinsville Saturday morning.
KJ Clark (0-2) and Hayli Jeffries (0-2) competed at 113 but were both eliminated. Braden Dahl (3-3, 4-6) was eliminated at 170, but not before pinning Sawyer Dorl in 0:58. The Sandites voided 132, 145, and 285.
Saturday’s matches will begin at 11:00 a.m and will run straight through to the finals with no midday break.
106: Jackson Cockrell (BAHS) vs. Cameron Steed (Collinsville)
113: Jordan Williams (Collinsville vs. Kaleb Harris (Sallisaw)
120: Zach Blankenship (Bixby) vs. Rocky Stephens (Collinsville)
126: Blazik Perez (BAHS) vs. Laif Jones (Bartlesville)
132: Reece Witcraft (BAHS) vs. Caleb Tanner (Collinsville)
138: Blake Gonzales (BAHS) vs. Spencer Schickram (Ponca City)
145: Jalen Hernandez (Union) vs. Chris Moores (BAHS)
152: Gage Miller (Comanche) vs. Scott Patton (CPHS)
160: Chris Kirby (CPHS) vs. Ethon Hamrick (Comanche)
170: Cade Cook (Comanche) vs. Bryce Mattioda (BAHS)
182: Abram Arechiga (Ponca City) vs. Emmanul Skillings (BAHS)
195: Kaden Glass (CPHS) vs. Gavin Potter (BAHS)
220: Zach Marcheselli (BAHS) vs. Konner Doucet (Comanche)
285: Noah Cortes (BAHS) vs. Ethan Bacon (Comanche)
254.5 6A No. 1 Broken Arrow
152.5 5A No. 1 Collinsville
144.0 3A No. 2 Comanche
114.0 6A No. 5 Sand Springs
75.0 6A No. 14 Bartlesville
70.5 6A No. 11 Ponca City
61.0 6A No. 13 Union
41.0 3A No. 6 Sperry
15.0 Ft. Smith Southside