All-Americans Cody and Jack Karstetter to hold wrestling clinic in Sand Springs

Jack Karstetter celebrates after winning the 6A State Championship in 2017.

Jack Karstetter celebrates after winning the 6A State Championship in 2017.

“Coach Karstetter” ought to have a familiar ring to it by now. Alan Karstetter headed the Sandite wrestling team for 24 seasons, and now, two of his grandsons will be returning to their alma mater to do some coaching.

Brothers Cody and Jack Karstetter will be holding a wrestling clinic Monday, July 29th, at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs. The two are CPHS alumni who have had extensive success at the high school, college, and international level in all three major styles of wrestling.

Cody Karstetter graduated CPHS in 2015 with a 117-27 career record, including 64 pins, 8 technical falls, and 12 major decisions. He won six tournament titles in his career, including the 6A-East Regional Championship. He won medals all four years at State, including second-place finishes in 2012 and 2015.

Cody has earned All-American status at the USAW National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota four times. He last competed in 2015 and took 6th place in Greco and 8th in Freestyle.

Cody owns a 38-10 college record and is entering his senior season at the University of Central Oklahoma. He was recruited out of high school by the University of North Carolina, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma. He took a medical redshirt at OU then spent at year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He placed 8th at the NJCAA National Championships in his lone season at NEO.

Jack Karstetter graduated in 2017 with a 107-16 record, including 38 falls, 10 technical falls, and 17 major decisions. He won nine tournaments in his career, including three Regional titles. He qualified for State three times, coming in second in 2016 and winning gold in 2017.

Jack is also a four-time Fargo All-American. In 2017 he placed 6th in Junior Greco and 8th in Freestyle. He also placed second in UWW Cadet Greco and earned silver at the Pan-American Championship in Lima, Peru in 2016.

Jack went 31-5 as a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before taking a year off. He won four tournaments and placed seventh at the NJCAA National Championships, helping the Golden Norsemen to a team title in 2018. He will return to the mat this winter at Labette Community College.

The three-hour Sand Springs clinic will be held Monday, July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Charles Page High School wrestling facilities. It is open to the public at a cost of $20 per athlete.

Daton Fix punches ticket to Kazakhstan with Senior World Team

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Oklahoma State University redshirt sophomore and Charles Page High School alumnus Daton Fix is no stranger to international competition, and in September he’ll get to add one more country to his resume.

The four-time undefeated high school State Champion is coming off an impressive freshman campaign in which he won the Big 12 Championship and came in runner-up at the NCAA Tournament.

Last week he won a best-of-three series with Thomas Gilman to secure his spot on the Senior Freestyle World Team for the first time. Gilman is a Big Ten Champion from the University of Iowa and the defending World Team member with a 2017 Silver medal under his belt. He bested Fix 6-3 and 2-1 at the 2018 Final X.

Fix beat Gilman 8-4 at the U.S. Open in April to qualify for Final X. Gilman won the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May to earn a Final X rematch.

The first match was a landslide for Fix as he majored Gilman 9-1, but the Hawkeye came back with a 3-2 win in the second round. Fix scored a takedown with 24 seconds left in match three for a 6-3 win.

The Senior World Championship will be held September 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan.

Daton Fix International Resume
Bronze - 2018 Junior World Freestyle Championship - Trnava, Slovakia
DNP - 2017 U23 World Freestyle Championship - Bydgoszcz, Poland
Gold - 2017 Junior World Freestyle Championship - Tampere, Finland
Bronze - 2016 Junior World Freestyle Championship - Macon, France
DNP - 2016 Gran Premio De Espana - Madrid, Spain
Bronze - 2015 Cadet World Freestyle Championship - Sarajevo, Bosnia
Silver - 2014 Youth Freestyle Olympic Games - Nanjing, China
DNP - 2014 Cadet World Freestyle Championship - Snina, Slovakia
Gold - 2014 Cadet Pan American Greco-Roman Championship - Recife, Brazil
Gold - 2014 Cadet Pan American Freestyle Championship - Recife, Brazil
Gold - 2013 Cadet Pan American Greco-Roman Championship - Medellin, Columbia
Gold - 2013 Cadet Pan American Freestyle Championship - Medellin, Columbia

Two Sandites headed to NCAA Softball Super Regionals, and other alumni updates

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The No. 13 ranked Oklahoma State University Cowgirl Softball team (42-14) won its first Regional Championship since 2011 Saturday afternoon, squeezing out a 2-1 come-from-behind Finals win over No. 25 Tulsa (37-20). The Pokes also won 3-1 against the West Coast Conference Champions from BYU (30-26) and beat Tulsa 13-10 in their first meeting of the tournament.

The Cowgirl roster includes two former Sand Springs standouts in sophomore Sydney Pennington and senior Mallory Goodman.

Pennington played third base throughout the three-game tournament, recording two put outs and eight assists. At the plate she was 2-of-10 with 2 runs and 1 RBI, hitting a solo homer in the top of the second inning in the first game against Tulsa. 

Pennington is .250 on the season with 30 runs, 42 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 10 homers, 33 RBI, a .482 slugging average, .314 on-base-percentage, and a .948 fielding average. In her career she’s .277 with 57 runs, 102 hits, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 17 homers, and 76 RBI.

Goodman hasn’t seen any action this season, but she’s .241 in her career with 17 runs, 28 hits, 5 doubles, 3 homers, a .362 slugging average, and .343 on-base-percentage.

The Pokes will return to action Thursday and Friday against the defending National Champions from No. 4 Florida State (54-8) at the Tallahassee Super Regional. Game times are 6:00 p.m. CT Thursday, 2:00 p.m. CT Friday, and 11:00 a.m. CT Saturday (if necessary). Thursday and Saturday’s games will be on ESPN and Friday’s game will be on ESPN2.

Other softball news…

Central Christian College senior Breanna Bill batted .271 this season with a .388 slugging average, 23 runs, 35 hits, 4 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI, and 8 sacrifices. The Tigers went 16-38 overall and 8-28 in the SAC.

1983 grad Randall King led the Broken Arrow High School Slow Pitch Softball team to a 23-9 record, Class 6A No. 5 ranking, and State Tournament appearance.

2011 grad Joely Rogers finished her first season as Pitching Coach at Coffeyville Community College, helping the Ravens to a 7-34 record.

Sophomore Jessica Collins batted .284 with a .327 on-base percentage, .561 slugging average, 32 runs, 42 hits, 5 doubles, 12 home runs, and 33 RBI at Connors State College as the Cowgirls went 16-31 overall and 11-22 in conference. She went 1-5 on the mound, throwing 5 strikeouts in 34 innings with a 9.34 ERA and .948 fielding percentage.

Northeastern State University went 28-27 overall and 14-12 in conference. Junior Jessica Schuler batted .297 with 29 runs, 47 hits, 33 RBI, 14 doubles, 5 homers, a .481 slugging average, .386 on-base percentage, and a .991 fielding percentage.

Junior Kennedy “Goose” Salyers finished the season .234 at the plate with 5 runs, 11 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI, a .255 slugging average, and a .250 on-base percentage at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The Savage Storm went 29-28 overall and 25-19 in conference.

Baseball

Rhett Rutledge is playing NCAA Division I baseball at Florida International University in his junior year, following a two-year stent at Northern Oklahoma College. He currently owns a .250 batting average and .300 slugging average on the season with five hits, seven runs, and one RBI, with a .905 fielding percentage. The Panthers are 22-29 overall and will return to action Thursday with a three-day three-game home series against Louisiana Tech.

Sophomores Mack Thompson and Treyce Tolbert saw action on a 24-22 Rose State College baseball team, the school’s best record since 2013. Thompson ended the season with a .879 fielding percentage, .337 batting average, .413 on-base percentage, and .402 slugging average, recording 31 hits, 6 doubles, 20 runs, and 16 RBI. Tolbert finished with a .909 fielding percentage, .297 batting average, .360 on-base percentage, and .436 slugging average, with 30 hits, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 17 runs, and 19 RBI.

Berryhill grad and native Sandite Jacob Bailey is seeing reduced duty with the Seminole State baseball team. He is 1-0 on the mound in 3.2 innings pitched with a 0.0 ERA and 6 strikeouts. Last season he was 6-1 for a 4.14 ERA. Seminole went 39-14 this season.

University of Oklahoma sophomore Jake Terry has pitched two innings this season and thrown one strikeout. His career ERA stands at 7.53. The Sooners are 31-20 overall and 9-12 in Big 12 action. They will play a three-game Red River Rivalry series this week to conclude the regular season.

CPHS Class of 1981 grad Mike Moore is Head Baseball Coach at Jay High School, and recently wrapped up the season with an 18-14 record.

Basketball

University of Central Oklahoma freshman Colt Savage scored 84 points with 25 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for the Men’s Basketball team this past season, helping the Broncos to an 11-17 record. He shot 55.6% on field goals, 50% on three-pointers, and 90% on free throws.

Football

Sophomore Jacob Taber and the Fort Hays State University football team earned their second-straight MIAA Conference Title with a 9-3 overall record and 6-0 undefeated performance on their home turf. Taber played in all twelve games, recording 4 total tackles.

Jerry Lyons didn’t see any action his freshman year at Southwestern College football, but the Moundbuilders finished the season 6-5 overall and 5-5 in conference.

Payton Scott took a redshirt his freshman year at the University of Central Oklahoma, but the football team went 8-4 overall, 7-4 in conference, and won the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Golf

University of Denver golfer Carson Griggs cracked the starting lineup this season as a true freshman and helped his team to a Summit League Conference Championship with a sixth place finish out of 44 golfers. The Pioneers concluded their season Wednesday with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Stanford Regional.

Griggs placed 54th out of 96 at the Ram Masters Invitational, helping his team to a 4th place finish. He was first on his team and 13th out of 100 at the William H. Tucker Invitational. He was second on his team and 31st of 84 at the Bayou City Collegiate Tournament. He placed 30th of 90 at the Ping Cougar Classic, 67th of 75 at Regionals, 68th of 72 at the Paintbrush Invitational, 84th of 112 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, and 101st of 120 at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Classic. 

Rowing

University of Oklahoma senior Hannah Hammond was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team.

Soccer

1991 grad Roger Bush led the Oral Roberts University Women to an 8-12 record. Junior Brooklyn Eardley played eight games and recorded one assist.

1999 grad Ryan Bush led the Oral Roberts University Men to a 6-7-3 record.

2012 grad Tyler McIntosh led the Midwest City Boys to a 2-12 record.

2010 grad Aaron McIntosh led the Mingo Valley Boys to a Heartland Christian Athletic Association Conference Championship in his first year as Head Coach.

Junior Kayla Foster played seven games this past season at Missouri University of Science and Technology, scoring one goal and one assist. The Miners went 4-11-1 overall and 3-9-1 in conference.

Megan Deshazo (sophomore) and Emma Peak (freshman) helped the Northern Oklahoma College (Tonkawa) team to an 8-7-1 overall record and 7-5-1 conference performance this season. Deshazo was named Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year and made the NJCAA All-Region team, leading the team in total scoring with eight goals and three assists. Deshazo is signed to play for Southwestern Christian University next season. Peak scored one goal and two assists.

Oklahoma City University freshman Abigail Banks only got to play one game this season, due to sharing the lineup with an All-Conference goalie. The Stars went 11-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 for second in conference.

Redlands Community College and sophomore Brooklyn Turner went 9-6-2 this season. Turner saw action in twelve games.

Tennis

Assistant Coach Peter McCorkle (C/o 2005) helped the Oral Roberts men’s team to a 6-12

Track and Field

Colby Community College freshman Ian Baustert finished 27th in the 800 meter run at the NJCAA Region VI Track Championships with a time of 2:09.10 last week. Earlier this season he set 4:28.77 PR in the 1500.

Grand Canyon University sophomore Cheyenne Walden finished the season 6th in the 3K Steeplechase in 11:12.13 and 23rd in the 5K run in 18:47.24 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Over the course of the season she set PRs of 4:45.56 in the 1500 run, 5:22.13 in the one-mile, 10:17.49 in the 3k, 17:10.40 in the 5K, and 10:54.11 in the 3K Steeple. She also won the NAU Friday Night Duals one-mile run in the season-opener, placed second in the 3K Steeple at the Aztec Invitational, and broke the school’s 5K record.

Volleyball

Kansas State sophomore Gloria Mutiri had a remarkable season this past fall, earning a multitude of accolades. She was twice named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week, made the All-Big 12 Rookie Team, and was a second team All-Big 12 selection. The American Volleyball Coaches Association selected her for the All-Midwest Region First Team, named her Midwest Freshman of the Year, and gave her an All-American Honorable Mention.

Mutiri finished the season with 271 kills, 3 assists, 15 aces, 192 digs, and 67 blocks in 98 sets. The Wildcats went 15-12 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 action. They will be taking a nine-day trip to Brazil later this month to play a series of exhibition matches in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Labette freshman Kylie Taylor recorded 2 assists, 2 aces, and 44 digs in 34 sets, helping the Cardinals to an 8-22 record.

Wrestling

Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Daton Fix won the first 26 matches of his career and went 35-2 overall this season, picking up titles at the Oklahoma City Open, the Reno Tournament of Champions, the Southern Scuffle, and the Big 12 Conference Tournament. His only losses came to All-Americans and he placed second at the NCAA Tournament.

UCO redshirt junior Cody Karstetter went 1-0 in his debut season with the Bronchos, winning an 8-3 decision in a dual with Fort Hays State.

Marques Haynes to be inducted into Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Small College Basketball announced its 2019 National Hall of Fame Class in Kansas City, Mo. this past weekend. Naismith Hall of Famer and Langston University Alumni Marques Haynes was selected for inclusion in this year's class.

Haynes attended the now-defunct Booker T. Washington High School in Sand Springs, helping his team to Oklahoma Black High School Class B State Championships in 1940 and 1941, and a Negro League National Championship in 1941. The section of Highway 97 that runs through Sand Springs is named in his honor.

With an initial $25-church scholarship Marques Haynes enrolled at Langston University. He was an athlete-student there from 1942-46. During that time the team went 112-3, including a 59-game winning streak. He was named the Langston MVP and a Southwestern Athletic All-Conference member all four years , leading the team to Historic Black Colleges & University (HBCU) National Championships in 1944 and 1946.

In 1946 his Langston team upset the Harlem Globetrotters. Haynes would gain international acclaim as a member of the Globetrotters and as an ambassador of the game. Considered to have been among the game's greatest ball handlers, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1985, the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame in 1990, the Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame in 1993, the Langston University Hall of Fame in 1995, the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2011. Observers claimed that Haynes was able to dribble a ball three times in a second and control the ball just an inch or two off the floor.

"We are very excited to welcome the Class of 2019 into our Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame," said SCB founder John McCarthy. "This is a tremendously accomplished and impressive class, and I am very thankful to our Hall of Fame Committee, as they have spent a great deal of time researching and analyzing many, many potential candidates for this prestigious induction. Congratulations to every member of this special class."

To view the additional selections to this year's SCB Hall of Fame class and for more information on the Small College Basketball Association click here. 

Class of 2019 signs 23 college letters of intent

Nine more athletes from the Charles Page High School Class of 2019 signed collegiate letters of intent recently, bringing the school’s grand total to 23 thus far. Six baseball players, five softball players, four track and field athletes, three basketball players, two football players, one wrestler, one cheerleader, and one tennis player are headed to the next level.

Riley Weir signed to wrestle with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami. The community college competes in the NJCAA and owns three team National Titles. They finished last season second in the National Tournament under Head Coach Joe Renfro (174-34-3).

Weir missed the post-season of his senior year due to injury, but finished his high school career as a two-time State Champion with a 108-34 record, 49 pins, 10 technical falls, and 16 major decisions. He also holds the school record for fastest technical fall at 1:48.

Aden Baughman signed with the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and will compete at the NCAA Division I level in track and field and cross country in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons placed fourth at their recent Conference meet

Baughman holds twenty individual titles, including two 6A State Championships in the 800-meter run. He holds personal records of 49.12 in the 300 hurdles, 50.13 in the 400 dash, 1:53.16 in the 800, 4:30.42 in the 1600, and 10:48.89 in the 3200.

Mitchell Mefford signed with the Oral Roberts University Track and Field Team and will be throwing Discus and Shot Put. Mefford ended his high school career with four Discus titles, including the 6A State Championship, and a personal best mark of 159’01.00”. In Shot Put his PR is 41’10.50.”

ORU is a private university in Tulsa, competing at the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League conference. The men’s team placed fourth in this season’s Conference Meet. They are led by Joe Dial in 24th year as Head Coach.

Jacob Smith signed with Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Smith will run track and cross country with the Bees, competing in the NAIA Sun Conference. Smith holds a 3200 meter PR of 10:22.07 and a 1600 PR of 4:39.94. He holds two individual track titles.

Sara Abbet signed with the track and cross country teams at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Abbet holds personal records of 3:12.32 in the 800, 6:28.9 in the 1600, 13:49.23 in the 3200, and 23:21.6 in the 5K. SNU is led by 15th-year Head Coach Billy Miller and competes at the NCAA Division 2 level in the Great American Conference.

Ben Banker signed with the Eastern Oklahoma State College baseball team, joining teammates John Miller and Tyler Ash, who signed earlier this year. Banker finished his high school pitching career with a 2.03 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 7-2 record in 51.2 innings.

EOSC is a public community college in Wilburton competing in the NJCAA. Matt Parker (349-133) took the reigns this year after seven winning seasons at Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Mountaineers just finished the season with a 24-22 record, falling in the first round of the Region Two playoffs.

Abbie White signed with the Northern Oklahoma College Cheer team. NOC is a public community college in Tonkawa. The Mavericks are coached by Karri Morrill in her twelfth season. In February they won the Small Two-Year College Co-Ed Title at the United Spirit Association Collegiate Championships in Anaheim, California.

JT Bristow recently signed to play football at Lyon College. Lyon is a private Presbyterian college in Batesville, Arkansas, competing in the NAIA and American Midwest Conference. The Scots went 4-7 last season under first-year head coach Casey Creehan. Primarily an offensive lineman, Bristow also recorded 22 tackles and one offensive fumble recovery last season.

Logan Bateman recently signed with the Oklahoma Baptist University tennis team. Bateman is a #1 Singles State Qualifier, with a season-best performance of second place at the Bartlesville Invitational. OBU is a private NCAA Division Two university in Shawnee, competing in the Great American Conference. The Bison went 6-13 this season in duals, led by first-year head coach Jason Proctor.

SEE RELATED:
CPHS Baseball: Kyler Copeland signs with College of the Ozarks
CPHS Baseball: Cal Watkins signs with Seminole State College
CPHS Baseball: Cale Savage signs with Northern Oklahoma College
CPHS Baseball: Tyler Ash & John Miller sign with Eastern Oklahoma State College
CPHS Softball: Madelyn Blair signs with University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
CPHS Softball: Cameron Clemons signs with Northeastern State University
CPHS Softball: Elizabeth Luttrell signs with Cowley County College
CPHS Softball: Kimi Presnell signs with Rogers State University
CPHS Softball: Jacie Taber signs with Missouri State University
CPHS Basketball: Destiny Johnson signs with University of Tulsa
CPHS Basketball: Holly Kersgieter signs with University of Kansas
CPHS Basketball: Isabella Regalado signs with Northeastern State University
CPHS Football: Caden Pennington commits to Northeastern State University

NCAA Softball: Sydney Pennington hits home run, father catches it over the fence

Pennington scores in the Regional Championship game her senior season.

Pennington scores in the Regional Championship game her senior season.

You could practice it a thousand times and it would never happen on purpose. But in game one of Oklahoma State softball’s series against the University of Kansas, sophomore standout Sydney Pennington hit a three-run homer over the left field fence, directly into the ungloved hand of her father.

Pennington is a 2017 graduate of Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She is seventh on her team in batting average at .292 and second in home runs. She has cleared the stadium nine times this season and sixteen times in her career.

Cowgirl softball fans often park their trucks in the grass just outside the left field fence to watch from their tailgates. In an 8-1 Friday victory, Pennington went yard and the ball found Brett Pennington ready and waiting.

The entire play was caught on camera and can be viewed below.

Brett is no stranger to division one athletics. A two-time undefeated high school wrestling State Champion, he was offered a full ride to wrestle for the Oklahoma Sooners before retiring from the mat due to asthma. He then went to Connor’s State for baseball before finally ending up in the Crimson and Cream from 1995-1996. Now he has added softball outfield experience to his collegiate resume.

The Pokes are 29-11 this season with a 7-2 conference record. They are ranked 16th in the nation and are second in the Big 12. Their only league losses are to No. 10 Texas and Baylor. They will return to action with a three-game series against Iowa State (22-15, 1-5) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Ames.

Sydney Pennington is one of only five Cowgirls to play all forty games this season. She has 35 hits, 24 runs, 29 RBI, and a .938 fielding average. She was a Big 12 All-Freshman last season, playing left field and shortstop. She has been playing third base this season.

Pennington season highlights…

Hit a solo homer in a 3-0 win against Sam Houston State.
Hit an RBI single to take the lead in a 13-2 victory over Hofstra.
Hit an RBI double in an 8-0 shutout of Syracuse.
Homered in a 12-2 run-rule win over McNeese State.
Went yard in both games of a double-header sweep of No.24 Oregon.
Batted 3-of-4 with two homers in a 16-1 run-rule of Central Arkansas.
Had her fourth-straight multi-hit game in an 8-0 shutout of Samford.
Scored the lone run in a 10-1 loss to No. 22 Ole Miss.
Hit a three-run homer, a double, and 5 RBIs in a 21-2 run-rule of Baylor.
Went 3-of-4 with two doubles in a 7-3 win over Kansas.

NCAA Wrestling: Undefeated Daton Fix wins controversial OT match against No. 2 Nick Suriano

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Who’s number one? The two have tried to settle that question more than once, and for many fans the third match between No. 6 Daton Fix (19-0, 24-0) and No. 2 Nick Suriano (14-1, 55-5) was a bit of a letdown.

No. 3 Oklahoma State University (7-0) made a weekend trip to the East Coast for a pair of program-first duals against No. 25 Princeton (4-4) and No. 24 Rutgers (7-3).

On Saturday Fix rolled to his eleventh technical fall of the season, 22-7 against Jonathan Gomez (5-8, 17-19) in 6:38. The Pokes won that dual 27-12 with six wins and four losses.

On Sunday OSU won even more handily, 26-5, with only two losses.

Both Fix and Suriano entered Sunday’s dual with undefeated records for the season, and a lot of history. Both were undefeated four-time State Champions in high school, and the two hold the record for longest match ever at 32:12. They met once in the 2014 Cadet National finals, where Fix prevailed in an ultimate tie-breaker. And at the 2014 Who’s Number One event Suriano scored a takedown more than 26 minutes into overtime.

Fix, a redshirt freshman, has earned four tournament titles in his two seasons at OSU and has been steadily working his way up the rankings this year. Suriano, a junior, is a two-time NCAA qualifier. He suffered a first-round injury as a freshman and medical forfeited the remainder of the tournament. He was a national runner-up as a sophomore and holds four tournament titles in his three seasons.

Needless to say, there was a lot of hype in the weeks preceding their meeting.

The third meeting between the elite athletes went the way of the previous matches. An escape point apiece and a trip to overtime. In the first tie-breaker round Rutgers challenged for a locked hands call on Fix, but the refs sided with the Cowboy. Suriano did, however, record an escape.

In the second tie-breaker Suriano was called for locked hands and Fix escaped for a 3-2 lead. Rutgers challenged that call also, and both were overturned after a long video review process. Fix escaped again and sent the two into another sudden victory period tied at 2-2.

Finally, Fix was awarded the victory after Suriano was called for hands to the face. An anticlimactic finish for those who have been waiting all year for the heavily-anticipated meeting.

With no more tournaments on the schedule till the post-season, Fix and Suriano will have to wait till late March for the NCAA Tournament before they get the chance to meet again.

The Cowboys will return to Big 12 action Friday, January 18th when they take on West Virginia (2-9). OSU is 4-0 in conference duals while the Mountaineers are 2-2 riding a three-dual losing streak. Fix could get a ranked match against No. 18 Matt Schmidt (11-0, 40-15).

There are numerous other quality opponents on the horizon for Fix. With eight duals left he could meet No. 4 Micky Phillippi (12-1, 54-12), No. 9 Austin Gomez (12-1, 20-1), No. 10 Austin DeSanto (11-1, 39-8), No. 11 John Erneste (11-3, 96-26), and No. 17 Brandon Paetzell (6-7, 37-21).

OSU Schedule
1.18 @ West Virginia
1.19 @ No. 18 Pittsburgh
1.27 vs. No. 21 Iowa State
2.1 vs. No. 14 Northern Iowa
2.3 vs No. 28 Lehigh
2.8 vs. Air Force
2.16 @ No. 5 Missouri
2.24 vs. No. 4 Iowa
3.9 Big 12 Championship
3.21 NCAA Championship

9X State Champion Cheyenne Walden transfers from OSU to Grand Canyon University

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Cheyenne Walden, the most decorated athlete in Charles Page High School history, recently announced her decision to transfer from Oklahoma State University to Grand Canyon University for the Spring 2019 semester. She will be immediately eligible to compete in the Spring season.

Walden won nine individual State Championships in her time at Sand Springs. She won the State Cross Country meet from 2013 through 2016, the 3200-meter track meet from 2015 through 2017, and the 1600-meter track meet in 2016 and 2017.

Walden signed with the OSU Cowgirls in high school and immediately began competing as a true freshman. She ran in five cross country meets, finished fifteenth at the Big 12 Championships, and 27th in the NCAA Midwest Regional. She earned All-Big 12 honors and was an NCAA qualifier.

In the Spring track season she placed third in the one-mile run at the Texas Tech Corky Classic and competed in the one-mile and 3,000 meter runs at the Big 12 Championships.

Walden also took up steeplechase this past season and won 2,000 meter title at the Tulsa Duels. She placed top ten in six races and earned All-Big 12 honors in the 3,000 meter race.

Grand Canyon University is a private Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. The Antelopes compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference. They are the defending WAC Outdoor Track Champions, and have won three straight WAC Indoor Championships. They finished sixth in the WAC Cross Country Championships.

Walden Personal Records:
800 meters - 2:17
1,500 meters - 4:38.10
1 Mile - 5:00.48
3,000 meters - 9:49.34
5,000 meters (XC) - 17:31
6,000 meters (XC) - 20:49
10,000 meters (XC) - 38:00
2,000 meters (steeple) - 7:02.64
3,000 meters (steeple) - 10:28.95

NCAA Wrestling: Undefeated freshman Daton Fix wins Southern Scuffle, Cowboys place 2nd

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Charles Page High School alumnus Daton Fix improved his collegiate record to 22-0 Saturday evening in Chattanooga as one of four Oklahoma State University wrestlers to win the Sixteenth Annual Southern Scuffle.

The No. 3 ranked Cowboys finished in second place with 188.5 points, behind No. 1 Penn State (216.5) who had six champions, eight finalists, and three consolation champions. Oklahoma State put five in the finals.

Fix outscored his five opponents 92-21 at 133 pounds, giving up nothing but escape points. He scored a 19-3 technical fall against Rider freshman Chris Wright in 5:57 with five takedowns and eight nearfall points, then recorded his first collegiate pin against Air Force senior John Twomey. He scored four takedowns and four nearfall points before sticking his foe in 5:28.

In the quarterfinals Fix teched NC State freshman Jarrett Trombley, a four-time Michigan State Champion, 25-10 with twelve takedowns in 6:47. Fix took on Cal State Bakersfield senior Sean Nickell, who is ranked twentieth in the nation by InterMat Wrestling, in the semis. The Cowboy scored four takedowns, a reversal, and eight nearfall points for the 18-3 victory in only 3:58.

In the finals Fix met No. 9 ranked Iowa State freshman Austin Gomez, a three-time Illinois State Champion. Fix dealt Gomez (18-1) his first collegiate loss with a 6-3 decision, scoring takedowns in the first and third periods with a second-period escape.

Saturday was the Cowboys’ second-best performance in tournament history, trailing only a 198-point team title in 2017. They have come in runner-up four times. Nicki Piccininni, Kaden Gfeller, and Derek White also won titles for the Pokes.

Oklahoma State (5-0, 4-0) will return to action with a four-dual road stretch, beginning on the 12th at No. 27 Princeton (3-3). They will travel to No. 25 Rutgers (6-1) on the thirteenth, West Virginia (2-7, 2-1) on the eighteenth, and No. 24 Pittsburgh (4-0) on the nineteenth.

Possible ranked foes for Fix include 125 No. 12 Pat Glory (Princeton), 133 No. 2 Nick Suriano (Rutgers), 133 No. 18 Matt Schmitt (West Virginia), and 133 No. 4 Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh).

Southern Scuffle Champions
125: Nick Piccininni (OSU)
133: Daton Fix (OSU)
141: Nick Lee (PSU)
149: Kaden Gfeller (OSU)
157: Jason Nolf (PSU)
165: Vincenzo Joseph (PSU)
174: Mark Hall (PSU)
184: Shakur Rasheed (PSU)
197: Bo Nickal (PSU)
285: Derek White (OSU)

Team Scores
216.5 Penn State
188.5 Oklahoma State
104 Iowa State
82.5 Stanford
75.5 U.S. Naval Academy
71.5 Lock Haven
70 Duke
54.5 Ohio University
48.5 Virginia Tech
46.5 Cal State Bakersfield

NCAA Wrestling: Undefeated freshman Daton Fix wins Reno Tournament of Champions

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Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix has continued his undefeated career at Oklahoma State University with a second-consecutive Reno Tournament of Champions title, improving to 17-0 as a redshirt freshman.

Fix racked up eleven takedowns in a 24-9 technical fall against Cal Baptist sophomore Vince Zavala in only 6:26, and led Oregon State sophomore Devan Turner 12-3 before the Beaver was disqualified with four stalling penalties. In the quarterfinals he teched Old Dominion junior Steven Simpson 18-2 in only 2:52 with three takedowns and twelve nearfall points.

In the semifinals Fix took on former teammate, North Carolina senior Gary Wayne Harding, who, like Fix, was a four-time Oklahoma State Champion in high school. The Cowboy scored takedowns in all three periods for a 10-2 major decision.

In the finals Fix easily easily handled two-time NCAA qualifier, Michigan State senior Anthony Tutolo with four takedowns for a 10-4 decision.

Oklahoma State won the team title with seven champions and 204.5 points. Nick Piccinini (125), Kaden Gfeller (149), Chandler Rogers (165), Jacobe Smith (174), Dakota Geer (197), and Derek White (285) secured titles for OSU while Dustin Hone (149), Jonce Blaylock (157) and Joseph Smith (174) settled for silver. Michigan State placed second with 150.5 points and one champion.

Last month Fix knocked off 2017 NCAA Finalist No. 8 Ethan Lizak 6-1 in a dual with Minnesota, then won 3-0 against No. 12 ranked All-American Montorie Bridges from Wyoming.

Two weeks ago the Cowboys dominated Oklahoma 41-2 in their biggest Bedlam win in 26 years. Fix teched Anthony Madrigal 20-5 in 6:27. In their latest dual the Cowboys blanked Northern Colorado 47-0, aided by a 16-1 Fix tech fall against Sean Cannon, a three-time Nevada State Champion.

Oklahoma State is currently ranked No. 3 in the country with a 5-0 overall record and 4-0 Big Twelve record. FloWrestling has Fix ranked seventh in the 133-pound weight class.

The Cowboys will return to action January 1st at the Southern Scuffle tournament in Chattanooga, against powerhouse programs like No. 1 Penn State, No. 7 NC State, and No. 14 Virginia Tech. No. 4 Tariq Wilson, No. 10 Austin Gomez, No. 17 Roman Bravo-Young, and No. 20 Sean Nickell could all present tough competition for Fix at that event.

On the horizon for Fix is a potential matchup with No. 2 Nick Suriano when the Cowboys travel to No. 25 Rutgers (6-1) after the new year. The two set the world record for longest high school folkstyle match at the FloWrestling Who’s Number One event in 2014. Suriano ultimately won 3-1 at the 31:12 overtime mark.

NCAA Wrestling: Undefeated Daton Fix upsets National Runner-Up in second collegiate dual

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Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Daton Fix, a Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate, extended his undefeated college win streak to 9-0 after a pair of dominant wins in his collegiate dual debut.

The No. 4 ranked cowboys (2-0) steamrolled No. 22 South Dakota State (0-2) 45-6 and topped No. 13 Minnesota (1-1) 23-9.

Fans hoped to see Fix take on defending NCAA Champion Seth Gross Saturday, but the top-ranked Jackrabbit backed out of the lineup for medical reasons and instead it was Spencer Huber on the losing end of a 19-1 technical fall. Fix needed only 4:43 to rack up three takedowns and three nearfalls.

Ninth-ranked Fix got a far closer matchup against No. 6 ranked Ethan Lizak on Sunday, but easily handled the 2017 NCAA Finalist 6-1 with two takedowns and a reversal.

Fix went undefeated at 168-0 for four State Titles during his time in Sand Springs and was the top-ranked recruit in the country pound-for-pound. He is a Junior Freestyle World Champion and Youth Olympic Silver Medalist. He holds the all-time Sand Springs records for wins, technical falls, and takedowns.

The Cowboys will host No. 20 Wyoming (2-1) in their home debut Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m. in their second Big 12 dual.

Wrestling: Daton Fix wins OCU Open, faces defending NCAA Champion Saturday

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Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix kicked off his freshman year with an Oklahoma City University Open Championship earlier this month, but will soon face far tougher tests.

Fix finished his high school career as a four-time undefeated State Champion and has made waves in international Freestyle competition, winning a Junior World Title in 2017.

After redshirting his freshman year, Fix is diving into the deep end this coming weekend when No. 4 ranked Oklahoma State begins the dual season on the road. Projected to wrestle at 133 kilograms, Fix should be matched up against the defending NCAA National Champion when the Cowboys visit No. 19 South Dakota State on Saturday. Seth Gross has lost only three matches in the past two seasons. Both wrestled at 133 in their latest bouts.

Then, less than 24 hours later, the Cowboys will travel to No. 13 Minnesota where Fix will likely take on No. 6 ranked Ethan Lizak, a two-time All-American and 2017 National Finalist who went 30-7 last season.

Fix is far from unprepared, however. At the OCU Open he won a pair of technical falls, 19-3 against Kristofer Hudson and 19-4 against teammate Andrew Nieman.

Last year he won the Reno Tournament of Champions while wrestling unattached. In that event he outscored his five opponents 58-11, giving up only escape points. Fix started the tournament with three-straight technical falls, then won a pair of 2-1 decisions over two-time Pac 12 Champion Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) and ACC Champion Sean Fausz (North Carolina State).

With two All Americans under his belt as a true freshman, Fix will now look to add two more this weekend.

UWW Wrestling: Daton Fix takes Bronze at Junior Freestyle World Championship

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Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix recently brought home bronze from the Junior Freestyle World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia.

Fix was the defending World Champion at 57 kilograms after a dominant 5-0 performance in 2017 when he outscored his opponents 53-1. He also won bronze in 2016 and 2015.

Fix was equally dominant in his early matches this time around, defeating Turkey’s Ahmet Tas and Ukraine’s Andrii Dzhelep 10-0 each. He was defeated 5-4 in the semifinals by eventual silver medalist Naveen Naveen from India, but won his bronze medal match 10-0 against Kazakhstan’s Bekbolot Myrzanazar Uulu. Russia’s Akhmed Idrisov won the gold 12-1 over Naveen.

Russia won the tournament handily with six finalists and five champions. No other country crowned more than one champion, though the United States had the second-most finalists with three. Virginia Tech freshman Mekhi Kevin Lewis was the lone American champion, taking the 74KG weight class 5-1 over Azerbaijan’s Abubakr Abakarov.

Japan won the Women’s Freestyle tournament with six champions, while the United States placed eighth with a silver medalist. Iran placed first in Greco Roman with four champions and the United States was eighth with a silver medalist. Russia was second in both Greco and Women’s Freestyle.

Fix will soon begin his freshman year at Oklahoma State University after redshirting last season. Fix was a four-time undefeated State Champion at Sand Springs. Last year he defeated the defending Pac 12 Champion and an ACC finalist at the Reno Tournament of Champions while wrestling unattached.

The OSU Cowboys went 13-2 last season, winning their sixth-consecutive Big 12 title, and placed thirteen at the NCAA tournament.

Sand Springs Summer Wrestling: Fix punches ticket to World Championship in Slovakia

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Three Sandites competed at the USA Wrestling Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota this week.

Oklahoma State University freshman and Charles Page High School graduate Daton Fix won a best-of-three series against Arizona State freshman Brandon Courtney, a three-time undefeated high school State Champion.

Fix dealt his foe a pair of technical falls at 11-0 and 10-0 to secure his spot on the Junior World Team. The defending Junior Freestyle World Champion, Fix attempted to dethrone Senior World Silver Medalist Thomas Gilman last month. Gilman won the two matches 6-3 and 2-1.

While Gilman represents the United States in Budapest, Hungary in October, Fix will aim to repeat his Junior Championship in Trnava, Slovakia in September.

CPHS sophomore Carter Young (45-9) got off to a great start at 113 pounds in the Cadet competition, winning his first three matches by technical fall before falling 12-6 to nationally ranked No. 12 Anthony Noto. Christian Forbes (14-2) competed at 94 pounds and went 4-2.

The Cox Business Center in Tulsa recently hosted the Junior National Duals.

The Oklahoma Outlaws placed second in the nation in the Greco-Roman Junior National Duals despite losing two bouts. They placed second in the D Pool, defeating Florida 49-17 and Kansas 40-23 before falling 42-24 to Washington. In the Gold Pool they defeated Ohio 40-27, California 35-30, and Iowa 39-27 before falling 44-21 to Illinois in the finals. Washington fell 44-23 to Illinois in pool play and topped Ohio 35-32 in the 3rd Place Match.

The Outlaws placed fourth in the nation in Junior Freestyle. They started the tournament with five straight wins before falling in the Gold Pool. Oklahoma defeated Georgia 47-16, Pennsylvania 33-31, Nebraska 46-20, Washington 43-22, and North Dakota 44-25. Ohio ended the streak at 38-30 and Illinois won the placement round 50-15. Ohio edged out Minnesota 33-32 for the title. Young went 3-1 in the freestyle competition with two technical falls.

Oklahoma placed sixth at the Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Spokane, Washington, defeating North Carolina Red 78-0, Washington B 64-12, Florida 58-23, and Washington 43-31. They fell 39-35 to Minnesota, 55-20 to Pennsylvania, 44-35 to Illinois, and 40-38 to Kansas. Pennsylvania won the tournament 45-29 over Minnesota.

The Cadet Greco Roman team also placed sixth, defeating Utah 48-33, Colorado 47-28, and Georgia 39-27. They fell 41-38 to Minnesota, 48-27 to Washington, 42-31 to Kansas, and 40-38 to Pennsylvania. Illinois won the tournament 39-36 over Washington.  

Young (35-2 GR) also competed with the Cadet team and finished 4-1 in Freestyle with three tech falls and a pin. His only loss came on criteria. In Greco he went 5-1 with two techs and a pin.

Oklahoma Blue placed fifth at the Schoolboy Freestyle Duals in Indianapolis, Indiana. They defeated South Carolina 82-3, Nebraska 58-22, Minnesota 62-17, Georgia 59-21, and Ohio 42-37. Michigan topped the Okies 41-40, Illinois won 43-33, and Pennsylvania won 45-36. In the placement match the Oklahomans edged out Washington 39-37. Illinois steamrolled Michigan 55-25 for the title.

Team Big wrestler Clayton Giddens-Buttram (17-0) went undefeated with seven technical falls and two pins, outscoring his opponents 83-6. Abraham Flores (17-5) and Ethan White (23-11) won two tech falls apiece.

Oklahoma Red finished sixteenth overall with wins over Tennessee and Maryland. Rhett Peak (19-10) won four of his five matches with two tech falls and a pin. Josey Jernegan (5-6) won three tech falls. Jim Mullin (6-2) won two tech falls.

Oklahoma Red placed ninth in Greco Roman and Oklahoma Blue finished seventeenth. Giddens (9-1) recorded four tech falls and a pin and only lost one decision. Flores (13-8) won one pin and one tech fall, Ethan White (14-4) won three pins, and Peak (13-8) won one tech fall.

The Charles Page High School wrestling facilities are open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays to all ages. The Sandites have been a top-three team at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament for the past four years, including a State Title in 2017. They will return two State Champions in 2018 under first-year Head Coach Jarrod Patterson.

Wrestling: Daton Fix to take on defending Silver Medalist for ticket to World Championships

Daton Fix concluded his high school career in 2017 as a four-time undefeated State Champion with a 168-0 record. 

Daton Fix concluded his high school career in 2017 as a four-time undefeated State Champion with a 168-0 record. 

Oklahoma State University freshman and Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix (15-3) is back in the spotlight as the Final X Senior World Team Trial approaches. On Saturday, June 9 Fix will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on Thomas Gilman in the last rung of the ladder to the World Championships.

In April Fix placed second at the U.S. Open, outscoring his first three opponents 24-0 with two first-period technical falls before falling 2-2 to University North Carolina assistant coach Tony Ramos. The former NCAA National Champion was awarded the win on criteria, but Fix got a rematch in May and made up for the loss.

At the Senior World Team Trials three weeks ago, Fix again made quick work of his pre-finals opponents. He teched former Oklahoma State All-American Eddie Klimara 14-2 in 2:07, topped former Illinois All-American Zane Richards 9-2, then teched former Minnesota All-American Zane 10-0 in 2:00. Fix won a best-of-three finals series against Ramos with 4-3 and 10-3 decisions.

On Saturday Fix will attempt to upset Gilman, who won Silver at the 2017 World Championship in Paris, France. While Gilman was coming in Runner-Up in France, Fix was going the distance for Gold at the Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Fix has an extensive international resume at the Junior level, including Worlds Bronze in 2016, but is still relatively new to the Senior scene. He swept the Under 23 World Team Trials in October but was eliminated in the first round at Poland.

Fix made his debut at No. 15 in the FloWrestling International Freestyle rankings after topping Ramos. Gilman dropped from seventh to thirteenth in those same rankings after falling to Cuba’s Reineri Ortega in the Pan-American Championships.

The first round of the trials will kick off at 6:00 p.m. Central Time in Bob Devaney Sports Center at the University of Nebraska. Fix and Gilman will be the fifth of seven matches on the card. Round two will begin approximately at 7:15 and the final round will be at 8:30.

Also defending their spots on the Mens’ World Team are 70 KG Silver Medalist James Green, 74 KG Champion Jordan Burroughs, and 97 KG Champion Kyle Snyder.

This year’s World Championship will be held in Budapest, Hungary October 20-28.

In Other Wrestling News:

The Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club brought home ten gold medals from the OKUSA State Tournament last month in Cushing, finishing fourth out of seventy-seven teams in total standings.

The Sandites placed third in Schoolboy Freestyle and Cadet Freestyle, and secured a team State title in Schoolboy Greco-Roman.

Threestyle Wrestling, based out of Catoosa and Owasso, won the tournament overall with 667 points. Edmond’s Oklahoma Wrestling Academy came in runner-up with 332, Prodigy Wrestling scored 250, and Sand Springs scored 246.

Grady Mittasch (25-6 FS, 17-7 GR) took first place in both styles, competing in Novice at 78 pounds, with three technical falls.

Christian Forbes (11-0 FS, 8-0 GR) swept both styles for a pair of 94 pound Cadet titles with four tech falls and a pin.

Carter Young (38-6 FS) won both styles for a pair of 113 pound Cadet titles with five techs and a pin.

Ethan White (21-8 FS, 8-2 GR) won the Schoolboy Greco title at 136 pounds with a pin and a tech, and placed second in Freestyle with a pin and a tech.

Abraham Flores (14-3 FS, 10-3 GR) won the Schoolboy Greco title at 114 pounds with a pin and a tech fall, and placed third in Freestyle with a tech.

Clayton Giddens-Buttram (8-0) took first place at the Schoolboy Freestyle tournament at 77 pounds with a 10-0 technical fall and a 4-3 finals decision.

Bryce Fisher (25-2) won the Schoolboy Freestyle title at 149 pounds with a pin and two decisions.

Josey Jernegan (2-1 FS, 2-1 GR) placed second in Schoolboy in both styles at ninety pounds with three technical falls and a fall.

TJ Long (5-2 FS, 6-3 GR) placed second in Junior Freestyle and fourth in Greco with two tech falls.

Cameron White (9-9 FS) placed third in Schoolboy in both styles at 110 pounds with one pin and two tech falls.

Several Team Big wrestlers represented Team Oklahoma at the Southern Plains Regional in Dodge City Kansas this past weekend.

Mittasch won both styles at Novice 78 with three pins and a tech. Balance Johnson (3-1 FS, 4-0 GR) won both styles at Novice 160 with three pins. Long placed second in freestyle and third in Greco at Novice 126.

Sand Springs Softball grads making waves at college level

CPHS graduate Sydney Pennington is one of the leading batters for Oklahoma State University this season.

CPHS graduate Sydney Pennington is one of the leading batters for Oklahoma State University this season.

Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Sydney Pennington has been tearing it up this season as a true freshman at Oklahoma State University. The No. 27 ranked Cowgirls (28-11) are currently third in the Big 12 with a 7-2 record.

Pennington holds a .306 batting average, .515 slugging average, and .342 on-base percentage. She has recorded 41 hits, seven doubles, seven home runs, 22 runs, and 35 RBI on 134 at-bats and holds a .961 fielding percentage as an infielder. She is fifth in the Big 12 in RBI. Mallory Goodman (2014) has also seen one at-bat with the Cowgirls.

Jessica Collins (2017) has played thirty games this year at Connors State College (23-9). The Cowgirls are 10-8 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. The freshman is .411 at the plate with 37 hits, seven doubles, a team-high seven home runs, 21 runs, and a team-high 29 RBI on ninety at-bats. She has pitched four innings and holds a 3.5 ERA, and is .909 in the field.

Stella Millican (2016) has seen action in nineteen games this season with Mid American Christian University. The Evangels are 23-9 overall and fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference with an 8-6 record. The sophomore is .300 at the plate with nine hits, three doubles, four RBI, and four runs on thirty at-bats. She is .971 in the field, alternating between catcher and first base. 

Kennedy "Goose" Salyers (2016) has played 42 games this year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (26-17). The Savage Storm is currently third in the Great American Conference with a 20-10 record. Salyers is batting .239 with 28 hits, four doubles, one triple, sixteen runs, and thirteen RBI on 117 at-bats. She holds a .913 fielding percentage as an outfielder.

Jessica Schuler (2016) has played all 43 games this season at Northeastern State University (25-18). The RiverHawks are 11-7 for sixth place in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings. Schuler is .289 at the plate with 39 hits, eight doubles, nine home runs, fifteen runs, and a team-high 35 RBI on 135 at-bats. She is a perfect 1.00 in the field as a first baseman. 

CPHS Senior Destanie Garrett is signed with Southwestern Christian University for the upcoming school year. Three juniors have made verbal commitments. Kimi Presnell committed to Rogers State University, Cameron Clemons committed to Southern Arkansas University, and Jacie Taber committed to the University of Northern Iowa.

NJCAA Wrestling: Karstetters qualify for National Championship

Jack Karstetter competes at the OSSAA 6A State Championship in 2017.

Charles Page High School graduates Jack and Cody Karstetter recently qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship after making the finals in the West Central District Championship.

Cody, a redshirt sophomore, won the championship. Jack, a freshman, came in runner-up. Both wrestle for Northern Oklahoma A&M in Miami. Jack is currently ranked fourth in the country at 133 pounds, while Cody is ranked third at 141.

Jack Karstetter (27-3) recently came in fifth at the Roger Denker Open, pinning Von Gray in twelve seconds before falling 13-6 to Isaac Jacquez. In consolation he defeated Corey Muniz 11-5 and pinned Weston Cronan in 49 seconds. He took first place at the Golden Norsemen Open, pinning Chris Hansen in 4:38 and Terrell Banuelos in 2:36, then defeating Jet Taylor 13-6 and Corbin Nirschl 12-4. At the West Central District Championship he majored Garret Wild 12-4 and pinned Ottis Rollins in sixteen seconds before falling 8-7 to Gage Gomez in the finals.

Cody Karstetter (26-5, 33-10) won both of his matches at the recent UNK Midwest Duals, pinning Conner Mares-Ballard in 5:36 and topping Scott Cook 4-3. At the District Championship he received a forfeit in the first round, then defeated Alec Castillo 11-3 and Keaton Sander 6-4 for first place.

The Norsemen took first place at the UNK Duals, the Golden Norsemen Open, and the District Championship. They placed third at the Roger Denker Open behind the Universities of Missouri and Nebraska. They claimed the No. 1 ranking in the latest NJCAA poll.

The Karstetters will return to action Friday, February 23rd at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Jack will rematch Garrett Wild in the first round, while Cody will take on Tre Pone.

NCAA Wrestling: Daton Fix wins first tournament over two conference finalists

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Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate and Oklahoma State University freshman Daton Fix won his first collegiate title last month at the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions. 

After going undefeated for four-straight State Titles in high school, Fix is off to a great start in his college career with a 5-0 record. Despite being the number-one recruit in the country, Fix took a redshirt his freshman year, leaving the 125-pound spot to All-American No. 8 ranked Nick Piccininni. However, he was able to wrestle unattached at the RTOC.

In the first round he scored an 18-2 technical fall against Highline College sophomore Jacob Mendoza in 2:45, then followed it up with a 17-2 tech against Eastern Oregon sophomore Caballa Mhar in 4:24. In the quarterfinals Fix majored Wyoming sophomore Drake Foster 19-5 with seven takedowns, giving up only escape points.

The semifinals were a close one as Fix went head to head with two-time Pac 12 finalist Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State. Neither scored on offense, remaining neutral throughout the first period. Fix escaped 27 seconds into the second, Bresser escaped with 28 seconds left in the third, and Fix was awarded the win on riding time. 

In the finals the young Sandite went up against ACC-finalist No. 3 ranked Sean Fausz from North Carolina State. The two stayed neutral through the first period but Fausz escaped twelve seconds into the second. Fix elected to start the third period neutral and scored a takedown with ten seconds left for the 2-1 decision. 

The Cowboys are currently ranked fifth in the country by the NCAA and hold an 8-1 dual record. They will return to action Saturday in a home non-conference dual against undefeated No. 3 Missouri (15-0).

 

NJCAA Wrestling: Karstetter brothers make waves at No. 2 NEO

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Brothers Jack and Cody Karstetter have been ripping up the NJCAA circuit since arriving at the No. 2 ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) this past fall. The Charles Page High School graduates are among the winningest members of their team and Cody is currently ranked third in the country at 141 pounds.

From the CPHS Class of 2017, Jack Karstetter (18-1) is a true freshman with three tournament titles and a 5-1 dual record. Competing at 133 pounds, he has won the Oklahoma City University Open, the Drury University Open, and the Reece Wright-Conklin Jet Invitational.

The Sandite started his college career with fifteen straight wins before falling 5-4 to Erique Early in a dual against Indiana Tech University. Indiana Tech is an NAIA school, meaning Karstetter is still undefeated in the NJCAA division, and he holds a 14-4 major decision over No. 5 ranked Taylor Jeffries of Northwest College.

Cody, a Class of 2015 Sandite, took a less direct route to NEO and is currently a redshirt sophomore. As a true freshman he wrestled two tournaments unattached at the University of North Carolina and went 6-3. He then transferred to the University of Oklahoma and went 1-2 in his first tournament after suffering a season-ending injury.

The NJCAA has been a fresh start for the promising Sandite, and he has had an impressive year with a 26-5 record, bringing his collegiate career to 33-10. He has yet to win a tournament, but he placed third in the Swede Open and Oklahoma City University Open, fourth in the Lindenwood Open, and most recently he came in runner-up at the Drury Open. At the Swede Open he pinned No. 5 ranked Keaton Sander.

At the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Multi-Divisional National Duals, the Golden Norsemen steamrolled their way to the finals before being defeated 27-14 by No. 1 Clackamas Community College, out of Oregon City, Oregon.

In the first round they won their third shutout of the season, 54-0 against Colby Community College. Cody majored Chris Deters 13-5. In the quarterfinals they defeated No. 11 Southwestern Oregon 42-3 and Cody pinned Seth Lowen in 5:23. He pinned Jake Thompson in 55 seconds for a 36-9 semifinal win over No. 6 Western Wyoming, and he won a 5-3 decision over No. 4 Ralph Tovar in the finals. He was one of only three teammates to win their matches in that dual.

The Norsemen will compete at the University of Nebraska Kearney Duals this weekend. The NJCAA West-Central Qualifier will be held February 10th in Goodland, Kansas.

CPHS Softball: Destanie Garrett signs with Southwestern Christian University

Charles Page High School senior softballer Destanie Garrett signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play collegiate ball for Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

The Eagles are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). They also compete in the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) Division One. 

The Southwestern softball team went 11-39 in the 2016-2017 season and finished last in the SAC. They are led by seventh-season head coach Kent Williams who has amassed an 80-209 record in his time with the program.