For the third time in the past four seasons the Sandite wrestling team is headed to the OSSAA Class 6A Dual State Semifinals after upsetting No. 4 Edmond North (9-3) Friday afternoon in Shawnee. No. 5 Charles Page High School (15-4) won eight matches in the 34-31 victory.
Freshman Kaden Glass (27-8) started the dual in the Sandites’ favor with a 7-6 decision over Christian Cantu at 195 pounds, but State-Placer Jake McCoy gave the Huskies their first and only lead of the day with a 10-0 major decision against Brooks Dudley (9-6).
Josh Fincannon (25-16, 39-33) edged out Jordan Iwuchukwu 3-2 at heavyweight and the Sandites never again relinquished their lead. Christian Forbes (27-9) had a wild showdown against Garrett McBride, taking a 16-6 lead before the Husky began to battle back in the final minute. McBride picked up a stalling point and reversed for a trio of back points but couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell 16-11.
Brendon Wiseley (31-11, 45-19) got the first fall of the night at 113, sticking Connor McBride in 1:15 for a 15-4 team lead. However, the Huskies got those points right back with a big upset when Nate Becker pinned two-time State Champion Riley Weir (17-7, 108-34).
Seth Jones (16-11, 38-25) got the Sandites back on track, taking an 11-1 lead on State Qualifier Dillon Martin before securing the fall at 5:47, and Blake Jones (21-10) majored Carson Trindle 10-0.
Josh Parks pinned Joseph Mattison (2-9) in 3:09 and Jaxon Randall won a 4-1 decision against Preston Medlin (13-19) to make it 24-19.
Scott Patton (25-1, 60-23) won his 24th straight match with an 11-1 major decision against Jayden Villalobos, Charles Floyd pinned Braden Dahl (9-14, 10-17) in 3:15 to make it 28-25.
Chris Kirby (29-10, 51-20) wrestled up to 170 and clinched the dual with his 25th fall of the season in 2:12 against Braden Bowman. Trey Bowman finished the dual with a pin of Riley Magee (15-15, 20-20) in 3:51.
Sand Springs will return to action Saturday at 12:00 p.m. against No. 2 Choctaw (7-2) who won 33-31 against No. 9 Owasso (7-8) in their quarterfinal. The tournament is being held at Firelake Arena in Shawnee. No. 1 Broken Arrow (11-1) and No. 3 Mustang (20-2) won the other quarterfinal duals.