Oklahoma dominates Georgia 68-2 in Dual Nationals round one

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Oklahoma got off to a fast start against Team Georgia Blue in the first round of the Junior Greco-Roman Dual Nationals Wednesday morning, building up a massive lead before the wrestling even started.

Jet Taylor, Jacob Butler, and Jaxen Gilmore received forfeits for 126 to 138. Tuttle's Brik Filippo wasted no time in putting points on the board with a 10-0 tech fall over Khyree Alexander, then Sand Springs's Payton Scott took down Dustin Berry 10-0 in thirty seconds flat. Ezequiel Rubio pinned Cole White in a quick twenty then Nick Mahan teched Chandler Miele 13-2.

Bear Hughes continued the winning streak with an 11-0 tech over Devyn Villafane. Zach Marcheselli received a forfeit, Tanner Hawkins picked up a 16-6 tech fall over Richard Walker, then Trenton Lieutance, Alex Fields, and Wyatt Adams all received forfeits.  Alec McDoulett teched Brandon Foster 11-0 and Westmoore's Dalton Duffield wrapped things up with a 12-0 tech of Alex Cain for a final score of 68-2 with no matches lost.

Up next for Oklahoma is Team Pennsylvania who solidly defeated Team Kansas Red 49-12 in round one. 

9 Sandites remain at State, only slightly behind Broken Arrow and Choctaw


By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The remaining Sandites have about an hour long break before the next round begins at the 6A State Championship in Oklahoma City. 

Charles Page wrestling qualified eleven for the tournament with seven Regional Champions, more than either Broken Arrow or the Dual State Champions from Choctaw. Unfortunately 220 pound junior and Regional Champion Delvin Jordan was unable to participate dropping the number to nine. 

106 freshman Riley Weir (20-12) came in third at Regionals and was pitted against Choctaw's Colt Newton (40-3) in the first round and was pinned in 0:41. From there he was majored 14-4 by Yukon's Braden Fowler and eliminated. 

113 Regional Champion Michael Ritchey (22-16) was defeated in round one by Westmoore's Wes Hardin (31-11) by a narrow 5-2 decision but managed to hold the lead in the next match for a 5-3 victory over Spencer Schickram (14-9) of Ponca City. 

120 Regional Champion Blake Sargent (36-10) went into overtime with Zackery Bibb (24-5) of Capitol Hill and lost 4-2 in the tie breaker round. He fell in an early hole to Justin Gundlach (29-11) of Moore and trailed 3-2 going into the final period, but rallied for a takedown and pin at 5:14 to stay alive in the consolation bracket. 

126 two-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (44-0) pinned Bobby Robinson (30-13) of Deer Creek in 1:37.

132 Regional Champion Jack Karstetter (38-7) breezed through his first match with a 17-2 tech fall over Norman's Jeffrey Adams (23-12) in 5:42.  

138 Regional Champion Beau Bratcher (40-6) pinned Choctaw's Jeff Speer (23-10) in 4:48. 

145 Regional Champion Payton Scott (18-4) pinned Westmoore's Trey Painter (32-10) in 3:52.  

160 Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma (32-11) scored an 8-3 decision over Sam Hensley (31-13) of Edmond Memorial.  

170 Trace Fleischman (10-4) placed fourth at Regionals but rebounded big time at State with a 3-1 upset of West Regional Champion Jacob Schimmels (23-6) of Edmond. 

The top three teams are as close now as they have been all season with Broken Arrow at 25.5, Choctaw at 25, and Sand Springs at 23.5.  

The semi finals will begin at 7:15.  

Three Sandites take gold in Broken Arrow

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Sand Springs junior high wrestling team traveled to Broken Arrow this weekend to compete in the 19th annual Joe Zamora/Skyler Holman Open. Carter Young, Irwin Portillo, and Tyler Ash each took first place and eight other wrestlers placed fourth or higher. 

6th/7th 80A: Carter Young, 1st Place

  • defeated Zach Prince (Miami) 15-0 tech fall
  • defeated Casey Goss (Broken Arrow) 1:41 fall
  • defeated Cooper Evans (Bristow) 16-1 tech fall

6th/7th 80B: Kaden "KJ" Clark, 2nd place

  • defeated Hayden Rogers (Bartlesville) 0:40 fall
  • defeated Kolton Berry (Fort Gibson) 1:03 fall
  • lost to James Hunter (Muskogee) 3:50 fall

6th/7th 89B: Cody Spaan, 3rd Place

  • lost to Walker Hill (Broken Arrow) 1-0 decision
  • defeated Johan Abercrombie (Broken Arrow) 0:50 fall
  • defeated Beau Hansen (Cascia Hall) 0:34 fall
  • defeated Tanner Cousatte (Pryor) 12-0 major decision

6th/7th 98B: Seth Carson, DNP

  • lost to Blake Salt (Oologah) 1:28 fall
  • lost to Dalton Allen (Broken Arrow) 5-3 decision

6th/7th 132: Santana Naugle, 2nd Place

  • defeated Logan Blood (Bartlesville) 0:57 fall
  • lost to Trey Kitchel (Bartlesville) 0:18 fall

6th/7th 162: Tegen Campbell, 2nd Place

  • defeated Jorey Hollenback (Jay) 10-1 major decision
  • lost to Garrett Graham (Sallisaw) 7-2 decision

Junior High 98A: Hunter Carter, DNP

  • lost to David Boucher (Bartlesville) 1:36 fall
  • defeated Blake Stone (Claremore) 2:58 fall
  • defeated Ethan Strain (Locust Grove) 6-2 decision
  • lost to David Boucher (Bartlesville) 10-1 major decision

Junior High 98B: Russell McCaskey, DNP

  • lost to Kolby Encinas (Pryor) 0:55 fall
  • lost to DJ Anderson (Cascia Hall) forfeit

Junior High 106A: Hunter Hilger, DNP

  • lost to Payton Messenger (Broken Arrow) 0:20 fall
  • lost to Jesse Collinsworth (Coweta) 0:55 fall

Junior High 106B: Chris Jones, DNP

  • lost to Chandler Wing (Fort Gibson) 0:45 fall
  • lost to Dathan Leach (Salina) 6-0 decision

Junior High 106B: Kyler Clark, DNP

  • lost to Hunter Scott (Broken Arrow) 8-1 decision
  • defeated Drew Miller (Broken Arrow) 13-0 major decision
  • defeated Chandler Wing (Fort Gibson) 12-5 decision
  • lost to Hunter Scott (Broken Arrow) 11-6 decision

Junior High 113A: Irwin Portillo, 1st Place

  • defeated Stephen Alcorn (Broken Arrow) 2:51 fall
  • defeated Garrett Weis (Jenks) 18-3 tech fall
  • defeated Caleb Tanner-Cook (Cardinal Wrestling Club) 3:59 fall

Junior High 113A: Colton Roberts, 4th Place

  • lost to Austin Whitaker (Salina) 1:39 fall
  • defeated Isaac Castleberry (Broken Arrow) 1:39 fall
  • defeated Foster Thaxton (Owasso) 10-2 major decision
  • defeated Garrett Weis (Jenks) 0:27 fall
  • lost to Bryce Mattida (Broken Arrow) 1:45 fall

Junior High 113B: Jared Jenkins, DNP

  • lost to Braydon Miller (Broken Arrow) 0:48 fall
  • lost to Simon Young (Sapulpa) 6-0 decision

Junior High 113B: Jacob Reed, DNP

  • lost to Trenton West (Broken Arrow) 0:59 fall
  • lost to Jace Getz (Grove) 10-2 major decision

Junior High 120A: Tyler Ash, 1st Place

  • defeated Alex Andazola (Broken Arrow) 0:43 fall
  • defeated Enrique Hernandez (Owasso) 0:31 fall
  • defeated Christian Webb (Muskogee) 1:12 fall
  • defeated Ty Rozell (Broken Arrow) 9-0 major decision

Junior High 120A: Caleb Phillips, 3rd Place

  • defeated Matthew Skinner (McAlester) 5-3 decision
  • lost to Ty Rozell (Broken Arrow) 5-0 decision
  • defeated Austin Britt (Broken Arrow) 0:43 fall
  • defeated Christian Webb (Muskogee) 1:51 fall

Junior High 120B: Thomas Naugle, DNP

  • defeated Cameron Prieto (Jay) 11-4 decision
  • lost to Randy Mills (Muskogee) 1:31 fall
  • lost to Braden Cook (Broken Arrow) 1:47 fall

Junior High 120B: Preston Medlin, DNP

  • lost to Jordan Berryman (Muskogee) 10-3 decision
  • lost to Cameron Prieto (Jay) 8-0 major decision

Junior High 132A: Braden Dahl, DNP

  • lost to Richee Lee (Owasso) 1:26 fall
  • lost to Blake Hulland (Owasso) 7-2 decision

Junior High 132B: Hunter Lawrence, DNP

  • lost to Zach Conrad (Owasso) 15-0 tech fall
  • lost to Nathaniel Holt (Jay) 2-1 decision

Junior High 140B: David Cooper, 2nd Place

  • defeated Brandon Skaggs (Muskogee) 1:25 fall
  • defeated Wyatt Moyers (Broken Arrow) 0:51 fall
  • defeated Marchell Friday (Broken Arrow) 0:37 fall
  • lost to Zach Coy (Jay) 3:25 fall

Junior High 150: Riley Magee, DNP

  • defeated Logan Sams (Claremore) 2:31 fall
  • lost to Skyler Murphy (Bristow) 1:46 fall
  • defeated Dalton Rogers (Owasso) 1:26 fall
  • lost to Diego Maturino (Broken Arrow) 1:41 fall

Junior High 162B: Justin Smith, DNP

  • lost to Paxton Jenkins (Bixby) 0:44 fall
  • lost to Noah Lettich (Broken Arrow) 11-4 decision

How Jenks and Bixby got snubbed

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

There’s been a few big surprises this football season, but two of the biggest came in week 8 in the top two tiers of High School Football.

#1 Jenks looked to be wrapping up another solid win on their way to a 16th state title as they led #3 Broken Arrow 34-21 in the third quarter. With two more-or-less assured wins ahead of them, the Trojans were on the path to a perfect season headed into the playoffs. Instead, they suffered their first home loss in 9 years, and they lost their #1 ranking along with it.

What happened? Devon Johnson happened. Jenks was threatening at the BA 5 yard line when the Tiger safety sacked Cooper Nunley, forcing the Trojans to settle for a field goal. Then, Johnson brought back the ensuing kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown with 39 seconds in the quarter. Gage Kaiser intercepted a Trojan pass on their next possession and the Tigers capitalized on it with a 6 yard pass from Cade Yeager to Devin Clayton for a touchdown. Chandler Saied’s PAT gave BA the lead and the home team was unable to find their legs for a fourth quarter score.

This is not to take anything away from Broken Arrow. They’re an incredible team and what they did was no small feat. But here are the facts. Jenks completed more first downs than BA. They had more total yardage, less penalties, never lost a fumble. This loss came down to a handful of plays.

Sammy Akem had already had one kickoff touchdown-return for BA, and after that Jenks should have been looking for touchbacks. Offensively, Jenks dominated the game with 5 of their 6 scores coming from offensive drives. It was the Broken Arrow defense and special teams that won it with two interceptions, two kickoff returns for TDs, and two forced field goals.

In a world where Broken Arrow was undefeated, it would be cut-and-dry. BA would take the #1 spot, Jenks would take #2. I mean, it was only a one-point loss. But instead it became a love-triangle for first place, as BA had already lost a match to Union, who had in-turn lost a game to Jenks. Head-to-head records wouldn’t help in this decision.

Union (6-2, 5-0) took an early 28-0 lead against Broken Arrow (7-1, 5-0) in week 3 before finishing 42-18.

Jenks (6-1, 4-1) hammered Union 45-27 in the Backyard Bowl in week 2. The Trojans gave up 30 more yards in penalties, threw two interceptions, and still managed to beat Union by 18 points, 10 more first downs, and 517 yards to 308.

So in a 3-way tie, how did Jenks get the snub? The Oklahoman bumped the Trojans to #3, MaxPreps to #2, OKPreps to #3, and Tulsa World to #3. Union took #1 in all of those ranking. Sandite Pride only ranks 6A-II, but if I did rank 6A-I, Jenks would still be #1 in my book.

When Union and Jenks play at their best, Jenks comes out on top. When Union and BA play at their best, Union comes out on top. Jenks played sloppy. BA wanted it more. But that doesn’t make Jenks a worse team as a whole.

Looking back at 2014, Jenks lost to both Owasso and Union in the regular season, then solidly defeated both in the post-season….when they were playing their best. If Union brings home the gold this year, then I’ll be more than happy to eat my words. But if I were a betting man, I’d be putting all my money on a fourth-consecutive Trojan Title.

 I’d also like to make a plea on behalf of Bixby in 6A-II. Booker T Washington has the top spot secured—hands down. I won’t debate that. The Hornets are killer. But how does Lawton rank second in Tulsa World and third in OKPreps and the Oklahoman? Lawton is doing a great job this season, but they haven’t played any really tough teams to earn that ranking. They have a loss to a 5A team, allowed a 3-5 unranked Kansas team score 35 points on them, and allowed the bottom two teams in 6A score a combined 33 points. Lawton is solid, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do beat Sand Springs or Bixby in the playoffs. But until it happens, I can’t justifiably rank them ahead when their only experience is against the worst teams in the division. 

Sandites travel to Frontier Valley Conference XC

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Today is the Frontier Valley Conference XC, so tell any runners you know to break a leg! 

Current standings for FVC teams are as follows:


1) Bartlesville (#2 Ashley Barnes, #3 Rilee Rigdon, #17 Shay Stayton, #22 Greta Olsen)

6) Owasso (#4 Maya Boschee, #11 Lauren Haygood, #20 Haley Geissler)

8) Jenks

12) Sapulpa (#25 Monica Scott)

13) Sand Springs (#1 Cheyenne Walden)

14) Broken Arrow (#18 Kelsey Bottomly)

Unranked--Muskogee, Union, Bixby, Bishop Kelley


1) Jenks (#2 Matt Young, #7 Alex Jones, #9 Joe Bingham, #12 James Yanik, #15 Miles Jehlicka, #20 Cyle Famuliner, #25 Nehemiah Soap)

3) Bartlesville (#8 Henry Wililams)

9) Owasso (#18 Brooks Cataudella)

11) Sapulpa (#11 Nick Williams, #17 Jordan Tuttle)

13) Broken Arrow (#6 Joshua Webb)

16) Union

Unranked--Bixby, Muskogee, Sand Springs, Bishop Kelley