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.

CPHS Wrestling: Head Coach Kelly Smith resigns for private sector job

Charles Page High School lost its third Head Coach this school year when wrestling coach Kelly Smith announced his intentions to resign Friday.

Head Volleyball Coach Janna Green left Sand Springs Public Schools for a private sector coaching position after the fall season. Girls' Basketball Head Coach Dustin Morrow stepped down from coaching to spend more time with his family earlier this month, but will remain on staff as a science teacher. Now, Smith is leaving coaching and teaching to work in insurance.

Smith cited unreasonably low State teaching wages as a primary reason for his decision, along with a desire to spend more time with his family. The successful coach has spent years running a lawncare business to compliment his income, but after seventeen years as Head Coach, he has decided it's time to move on. "This is a young man's game," said Smith. "I don't have the time to be out mowing lawns all year while also putting in the hours to maintain a successful program. I have to put my family first."

Smith's family might keep him in the coaching business a little longer, at least on a part-time basis. His son, Mitchell, is a talented up and comer in the junior high circuit. But while he will still be around cheering on the Sandites from the stands, the district will have to find fresh blood to take the reigns. 

Smith led the Sandites to their first-ever Dual State Championship in 2017 and followed it up with their first State Tournament title since 1971. The pair of championships were the first for Sand Springs in any sport since 1994. Nine Sandites won individual titles under his leadership, including five in the 2017 season. Even after losing four of those five, the Sandites placed third in the 6A State Tournament this past season with a 13-4 dual record.

"I got to live the dream," said Smith. "I got to take over for my coach and mentor. It's been a dream."

CPHS Wrestling: 2017-2018 Season wrap-up

Freshman Carter Young (40-1) completed a nearly perfect season, losing only one match en route to a 106-pound State Championship title. He won the Westmoore Open, the Perry Tournament of Champions, the Kansas City Stampede, the Bobby Lyons Invitational, and the 6A-East Regional along the way. He went undefeated in duals and lost only one match, falling 4-2 in overtime to nationally-ranked Ryan Miller in the Geary Invitational finals. He ends the season on a 23-straight win streak with fifteen pins, twelve tech falls, and five major decisions.

Junior Riley Weir (29-7, 91-25) became the tenth wrestler in Sandite history to win two State titles, ending the year on a seven-straight win streak with the 113 title. He won the Glenpool Warrior Classic, the Lyons Invitational and the 6A-East Regional, and placed third at Perry and twelfth at Kansas City. He finished the season with seventeen pins, two tech falls, and three major decisions.

Sophomore Chris Kirby (22-10) placed second at Inola, third at Sand Springs, second at Regionals, and fourth at State at 145 pounds. He went 13-4 in duals every single victory came by pin, a team-best.

Junior Kaleb Tabor (26-12) placed twelfth at Kansas City, then came in runner-up at Sand Springs, Regionals, and State at 152 pounds. He went 14-3 in duals and totaled nineteen pins.  

Blake Sargent (16-8, 105-33) concluded his high school career with a 126-pound third place finish at State. He placed third at the Union IceFighter Open, third at Sand Springs, and fifth at Regionals. He finished the season with three pins and two major decisions.

Gage Fain (20-10, 59-48) concluded his high school career with a 220-pound State Tournament appearance. He placed second at Perry, thirteenth at Kansas City, and third at Regionals. He went undefeated 12-0 in duals and recorded thirteen pins.

Junior Irwin Portillo (31-19, 37-24) placed sixth at Perry, 23rd at Kansas City, fifth at Geary, fourth at Sand Springs, and third at Regionals to qualify for State at 132 pounds. He went 13-5 in duals, recording two pins and seven major decisions.

Sophomore Seth Jones (26-16, 28-19) placed fifth at Perry, 24th at Kansas City, second at Sand Springs, and fourth at Regionals to qualify for the State Tournament at 120 pounds. He went 14-2 in duals and recorded fourteen pins, one tech fall, and three major decisions.

Sophomore Brendon Wiseley (13-9) placed fifteenth at Kansas City and went undefeated 8-0 in duals. He recorded four pins, one tech fall, and one major decision.

Junior Scott Patton (27-20, 34-22) placed sixth at Perry, twentieth at Kanas City, fourth at Sand Springs, and fourth at Regionals to qualify for State at 138 pounds. He went 13-5 in duals and recorded nine pins, two techs, and five major decisions.

Riley Magee (5-5) placed fifth at Sand Springs and went 3-3 in duals with four pins and a major decision.

Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-21) placed sixth at Perry, eighteenth at Kansas City, second at Sand Springs, and fifth at Regionals, qualifying for State at 170. He went 11-7 in duals and recorded twelve pins, one tech fall, and two major decisions.

Senior Colby Heckencamp (3-4) finished his career with two pins and a sixth place finish at Sand Springs.

Sophomore Josh Fincannon (13-18) placed sixth at Perry, ninth at Sand Springs, and sixth at Regionals. He went 8-9 in duals with five pins and one major decision.

Colten Roberts (3-6) went 3-4 in duals with one pin and one tech fall.

Jasanee Harjo (3-7) placed fourth at Sand Springs with one pin.

Braden Dahl (1-3) went 1-3 in duals with one pin.

Caleb Phillips (2-7) recorded one pin.

Robert Parrish (3-12) went 3-9 in duals with one pin.

Caden Vaughn (0-1), Jacob Rampy (0-1), and James Anderson (0-2) all saw varsity action.

The Sandites went 13-4 in duals and placed third at the Ram Duals, eighth at Perry, 29th at Kansas City, fourteenth at Geary, second at their home tournament,

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites place third at State Tournament with five placers


In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Charles Page High School wrestling team finished the season with ten State Qualifiers, five placers, three finalists, and two champions for a third place performance in the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

Of the ten Sandites to qualify for State, only two had previously qualified. Four had zero varsity experience before this season, one is a freshman, and three came from the JV squad.

Typically when you graduate four State finalists, lose a fifth to injury, and have a pair of starters quit the team, you spend a few seasons rebuilding before you’re a legitimate contender again. Instead, Sand Springs made a legitimate run at the title.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (40-1) completed a near-perfect debut season to become the thirtieth State Champion in Sand Springs history. 

SEE RELATED: CPHS Wrestling: Freshman Carter Young wins State Championship

113-pound junior Riley Weir (29-7, 91-25) became the tenth wrestler in Sandite history to win two State titles. 

SEE RELATED: CPHS Wrestling: Riley Weir wins second State Championship

152-pound junior Kaleb Tabor (26-12, 66-19) pinned Landis Scoon in 1:34 and Richie Lee in 3:49 before falling 5-3 to Drake Vannoy in the finals. Vannoy scored takedowns in each of the first two periods for a 4-1 lead to start the third. Tabor got a takedown and cut the Trojan loose, then took him down once again. The only problem was, time had already expired. The clear takedown was clearly half a second too late. Tabor concluded his first season on Sandite varsity as a State Runner-Up.

Senior Blake Sargent (15-8, 104-33) finished his high school career by coming in third at 126 pounds. He fell 12-3 to eventual champion Reece Witcraft in the opening round, but defeated Kyri Beasley, Cameron Picklo, and Cade Manion in consolation. He defeated Picklo 9-6 and went into sudden victory overtime against Beasley and Manion for 2-1 and 7-5 decisions, respectively.  

Sophomore Chris Kirby (22-10) placed fourth at 145, pinning Anthony DesVigne in 3:53 before falling to eventual champion Jaxen Gilmore. In consolation he pinned Hunter Skaggs in 3:26 but fell 11-0 to Micah Lugafet in the finals.  

Junior Irwin Portillo (31-19, 37-24) qualified at 132. He fell 4-2 to Trent Higginbotham, defeated Roarke Simpson 8-6, then fell 3-1 to Blake Gonzalez in sudden victory. 

Junior Scott Patton (27-20, 34-22) qualified at 138 and defeated Brett Pinkston 1-0 before falling 7-2 to Peter Rolle and 2-0 to Parker Wright.

Sophomore Seth Jones (26-16, 28-19) qualified at 120, falling 7-4 to Garrett Johnson and 12-4 to Caron Watson.

Senior Gage Fain (20-10, 59-48) finished his career as a first-time qualifier at 220. He fell 12-4 to Blake Minnick and 2-1 to Jared Galli.

Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-21) qualified at 170 but fell 3-2 to Rene Martinez in the first round wrestle-in. 

Choctaw won their sixth State Tournament Championship after picking up their fifth Dual State title two weeks prior. The Yellowjackets edged out Broken Arrow 138 to 129.5. The Sandites came in third with 78 points, topping Mustang with 69. They will return eight of their ten qualifiers next season. 

2018 6A State Champions

106 - Carter Young (Sand Springs)
113 - Riley Weir (Sand Springs)
120 - Laif Jones (Bartlesville)
126 - Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow)
132 - Dylan Schickram (Ponca City)
138 - Connor Holman (Choctaw)
145 - Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon)
152 - Drake Vannoy (Jenks)
160 - Jaryn Curry (Choctaw)
170 - Zane Coleman (Choctaw)
182 - J.D. Johnson (Owasso)
195 - Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
220 - Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
285 - Christian Arriola (Putnam City)

2018 OSSAA 6A State Team Scores

138 - Choctaw
129.5 - Broken Arrow
78 - Sand Springs
69 - Mustang
56.5 - Owasso
44 - Jenks
38 - Ponca City
38 - Yukon
34.5 - Edmond North
33 - Putnam City
31 - Bartlesville
27 - Edmond Memorial
23 - Union
20 - Deer Creek
12 - Norman North
12 - Stillwater
11 - Putnam City North
7 - Westmoore
3 - Southmoore
2 - Midwest City
1 - Shawnee
0 - Moore
0 - Norman
(-2) - Muskogee
(-3) - Sapulpa

Sand Springs State Champions

Alonzo Elder (1925)
Tremont Scruggs (1929)
Oscar Baker (1934)
Ralph Parrish (1936, 1940)
David McGuire (1963-1965)
Bill Burcham (1963)
Steve Randall (1965)
Frank Peck (1971-1972)
Rick Warren (1971)
Eddie Sullivan (1971)
John Phillips (1972-1973)
Hall Williams (1974)
Wayne Sutterfield (1974)
Ronnie Luce (1974)
Kevin Newport (1976, 1978)
Brad Bridges (1977)
Craig Sanders (1978-1979)
Billy Boyd (1978)
Jay Fleischman (1988)
Brett Pennington (1991-1992)
Gabe Hodges (1994)
Josh Nicholson (2002)
David Jones (2005)
Znick Ferrell (2008-2009)
Daton Fix (2014-2017)
Riley Weir (2017-2018)
Jack Karstetter (2017)
Beau Bratcher (2017)
Payton Scott (2017)
Carter Young (2018)

CPHS Wrestling: Riley Weir wins second State Championship

Three members of the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team made their way to the OSSAA State Championship finals Saturday evening at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena. Two have now secured State Titles.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (40-1) took on Yukon senior and West Regional Champion Studd Morris (34-7) in the title match and won 3-0.

SEE RELATED: CPHS Wrestling: Freshman Carter Young wins State Championship

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (29-7, 91-25) wrestled Mustang freshman Tucker Owens (41-5) in the 113 Championship finals. Owens topped Weir 2-1 at Dual State, scoring in the final moments after Weir was injured in an escape. Weir repaid that loss with a 4-0 victory in the Regional finals and repeated at the State Tournament.

They went scoreless through the first period then Weir escaped ten seconds into the second. They started the final stretch neutral and Weir got a takedown thirty seconds in. He cut the Bronco with fifteen seconds left and dodged several shots for a 3-1 decision.

The junior joins an elite group of only ten wrestlers in Sand Springs history to win two State titles. The last Sandite to accomplish the feat was Daton Fix in 2015. Last year Weir became the 26th State Champion in Sand Springs wrestling history and was one of five Champions to help the Sandites win their first team title since 1971. 

This season he won the Bobby Lyons Invitational, the Glenpool Warrior Classic, and the 6A-East Regionals. 

Junior Kaleb Tabor (25-11) will wrestle Jenks sophomore Drake Vannoy (36-4) in the 152-pound finals.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites send three to State finals, in 3rd Place as team

Junior Kaleb Tabor made the State Championship finals in his first year on varsity. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Junior Kaleb Tabor made the State Championship finals in his first year on varsity. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Three members of the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team punched their ticket to the Championship finals match Friday night at the OSSAA State Tournament. Three others will compete in the consolation bracket, leaving a total of six still in contention at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (39-1) took on Mustang freshman Keegan Luton (33-9) in the semifinals. Young scored takedowns in each period for a 7-1 decision. He will take on Yukon senior and West Regional Champion Studd Morris (34-6) in the title match.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (28-7, 90-25) wrestled Bartlesville junior Corwin Strachan (38-9) in the 113-pound semifinals and took a 4-1 lead with two first period takedowns. He escaped in the second and rode out the third for a 5-1 decision. He will wrestle Mustang freshman Tucker Owens (41-5) in the Championship finals. Owens topped Weir 2-1 at Dual State, scoring in the final moments after Weir was injured in an escape. Weir repaid that loss with a 4-0 victory in the Regional finals.

Junior Kaleb Tabor (25-11) defeated Owasso sophomore Richie Lee (23-7) in the 152-pound semifinals. They went scoreless through the first, Lee escaped in the second, then pinned the Ram in 3:49. He will meet Jenks sophomore Drake Vannoy (36-4) in the finals.

Sophomore Chris Kirby (21-9) fell in 25 seconds to Yukon senior Jaxen Gilmore (38-3) in the 145-pound semifinals. He will take on Sapulpa senior Hunter Skaggs (27-12) in the consolation semifinals. The two previously met in the Bobby Lyons Invitational consolation finals where Kirby pinned the Chieftain in 2:09. 

Senior Blake Sargent (14-8, 103-33) wrestled Muskogee senior Kyri Beasley (31-8) in the 126 consolation quarterfinals. They went scoreless through the first period, Beasley escaped in the second, then Sargent tied it up in the third to send the match into overtime where Beasley was given a technical for the 2-1 loss. Sargent will next take on Cameron Picklo (37-9) who he fell 4-2 to at Dual State.

Sophomore Seth Jones (26-16, 28-19) wrestled Union senior CaRon Watson (28-15) in the 120 consolation quarterfinals and fell by 12-4 major decision. Jones scored first but Watson escaped and took a lead that he never relinquished.

Junior Irwin Portillo (31-18, 37-23) took a 4-1 first period lead on Southmoore sophomore Roarke Simpson (25-12) in the 132 consolation quarterfinals, then gave it back with a trio of back points in the second. He reversed for the lead, then Simpson broke loose and trailed 6-5 to start the third. Simpson escaped again to tie it, but Portillo scored a takedown in the final moments for the 8-6 decision.

Junior Scott Patton (27-20, 34-22) wrestled Deer Creek junior Parker Wright (29-14) in the consolation quarterfinals and trailed 1-0 after the first period. He gave up an escape midway through the second and Wright rode out the third for a 2-0 decision.

Senior Gage Fain (20-10, 59-48) wrestled Jenks junior Jared Galli (25-14) in the consolation quarterfinals. The two went scoreless through the first period, Galli picked up a pair of back points in the second, then Fain escaped and started the third neutral. He took several shots, but was unable to score and lost 2-1.

The Sandites are the defending State Champions, but are currently sitting in third place with 55 points, trailing Choctaw (107) and Broken Arrow (91.5). 

Wrestling will continue Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with consolation semifinals, immediately followed by third-place matches. Championship finals will begin at 5:45 p.m.

6A State Finals Matches
106 - Studd Morris (Yukon) vs. Carter Young (Sand Springs)
113 - Riley Weir (Sand Springs) vs Tucker Owens (Mustang)
120 - Laif Jones (Bartlesville) vs Zeke Washington (Owasso)
126 - Colt Newton (Choctaw) vs Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow)
132 - Gabe Johnson (Choctaw) vs Dylan Schickram (Ponca City)
138 - Pete Rolle (Edmond Memorial) vs Connor Holman (Choctaw)
145 - Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon) vs Tate Picklo (Mustang)
152 - Kaleb Tabor (Sand Springs) vs Drake Vannoy (Jenks)
160 - Jaryn Curry (Choctaw) vs Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow)
170 - Zane Coleman (Choctaw) vs Bryce Mattioda (Broken Arrow)
182 - J.D. Johnson (Owasso) vs Lane Newlin (Ponca City)
195 - Easton Rendleman (Choctaw) vs Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
220 - Mason Lancaster (Putnam City) vs Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
285 - Caulin Poole (Choctaw) vs Christian Arriola (Putnam City)

6A State Day One Team Scores
107 - Choctaw
91.5 - Broken Arrow
55 - Sand Springs
43 - Mustang
38 - Owasso
34 - Ponca City
33 - Yukon
23 - Jenks
22 - Edmond Memorial
19 - Bartlesville
17 - Putnam City
11.5 - Edmond North
8 - Union
6 - Deer Creek
4 - Stillwater
3 - Putnam City North
3 - Southmoore
2 - Midwest City
2 - Norman North
2 - Westmoore
1 - Sapulpa
1 - Shawnee

3X Sandite of the Week Riley Weir wins Regional Championship

Charles Page High School junior Riley Weir was selected as our Sandite of the Week for his first-place finish at the OSSAA 6A-East Regional Championship. 

Weir pinned his first three opponents en route to his second-straight Regional title and third State Tournament appearance. 

He pinned Garrett Johnson in 2:51, Henry Warren in 2:24, and Blazik Perez in 5:16, then won a 4-0 decision over Mustang's Tucker Owens to avenge a 2-1 loss at Dual State. 

At press-time, the Sandites are mid-tournament at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena. Weir pinned Shawnee junior Caleb Nahmahpeah (27-8) in 59 seconds in the first round of the State Championship. 


CPHS Wrestling: Nine Sandites in contention after first round at State Tournament

Oklahoma City - Nine qualifiers from the Charles Page High School wrestling team are still in contention after the first round at the OSSAA Class 6A State Championship. One was eliminated Friday morning at Jim Norick Arena. 

This year the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association adopted a new round for the tournament, a wrestle-in match pitting the fifth-place wrestler from each region against the fourth-place finisher from the other side of the state. The loser of that match is eliminated. In past years, only the top-four finishers from each region advanced to the State tournament. 

Senior Blake Sargent (13-7, 102-32) took on Joseph Reynolds at 126. The Sandite scored a takedown in the first minute, gave up an escape, then started the second period with an escape of his own. He added another takedown for back points and started the final stretch 7-1. Nearfall points with twenty seconds left made for an 11-1 major decision.

138 Junior Scott Patton (27-18, 34-20) went scoreless through the first two periods against Brett Pinkston and made the go-ahead escape with half a second remaining for the 1-0 decision.

170 Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-21) immediately took down Rene Martinez then cut him loose late in the first. Martinez reversed and rode out the second and third periods for a 3-2 decision.

No team points were awarded for the qualifying matches. The first round of brackets will kick off immediately following the wrestle-in round.

106 - Carter Young (37-1) will take on Jason Gilbert.
113 - Riley Weir (26-7, 88-25) will take on Caleb Nahmahpeah.
120 - Seth Jones (26-14, 28-17) will wrestle Garrett Johnson who he holds a 0-1 record against.
126 - Sargent will take on Reese Witcraft who he is 0-3 against.
132 - Irwin Portillo (30-17, 36-22) will take on Trent Higginbotham.
138 - Patton will wrestle Pete Rolle.
145 - Chris Kirby (20-8) will wrestle Anthony DesVigne.
152 - Kaleb Tabor (24-11) will wrestle Landis Scoon.
220 - Gage Fain (20-8, 59-46) will wrestle Blake Minnick who he is 0-1 against.

CPHS Wrestling: Ten Sandites head to OKC to defend State Title

Defending State Champion Riley Weir will aim to lead his team to another first-place finish at the OSSAA State Tournament this weekend.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir will aim to lead his team to another first-place finish at the OSSAA State Tournament this weekend.

Ten members of the Charles Page High School wrestling team will head to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City this Friday for the first rounds of the OSSAA 6A State Tournament. The Sandites are the defending State Champions, but will return only two of their previous year's State Qualifiers, and one of their five State Champions. 

This year the OSSAA adopted a new round for the tournament, a wrestle-in match pitting the fifth-place wrestler from each region against the fourth-place finisher from the other side of the state. The loser of that match is eliminated. In past years, only the top-four finishers from each region advanced to the State tournament.

106-pound Carter Young (37-1) has had the most remarkable freshman season since Daton Fix’s varsity debut in 2014, losing only one match. That one match was a 4-2 overtime decision to nationally-ranked Ryan Miller from New Jersey’s Blair Academy. Young is thirteenth in FloWrestling’s latest rankings, riding a twenty-straight win streak.

Young will meet either Jason Gilbert or Shayden Trant in the first round of the tournament. He has yet to meet either this season. Next he will wrestle either Keegan Luton or Cooper Evans. He teched Luton 16-1 at Dual State and Cooper Evans 21-5 at the Westmoore Open.

On the other end of the bracket, Young has beaten Jared Hill 9-0 and pinned him twice this year. He also has a 19-5 major decision over Caleb Williams, and a pair of tech falls against David Boucher. He has yet to meet Brock Harris or West Champion Studd Morris.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (26-7, 88-25) won the first of five Sandite State titles last year, helping the team to their first title since 1971. The 113 junior has battled injury this season but still managed to bring home three tournament titles.

In the first round he will take on either Caleb Nahmahpeah or Kristopher Humble, neither of which has he met before. Then he will take on either Nate Becker or Corwin Strachan. The last time he met Becker was the first round of last year’s tournament when he won 9-1. He has two decisions against Strachan, 7-0 and 4-0.

On the other end of the bracket is Tucker Owens, who Weir has split decisions with. At Dual State he suffered a 2-1 loss with an injury, but got payback at Regionals 4-0. Weir is 3-0 against Blazik Perez and 1-0 against Dominic Derr, but hasn’t met the jaguar since freshman year when he won 9-0. He has yet to meet Jake Wright or West Champion Jackson Oplotnik who is 30-5 this year.

120 sophomore Seth Jones (26-14, 28-17) will make his State debut against Garrett Johnson who he last met at the 2016 Perry Tournament of Champions in a 9-5 loss. From there he will take on either Laif Jones, Caron Watson, or Dillon Martin. The Sandite is 3-1 against Watson this year, losing their first match 8-5, but winning the last three. East Champion Laif Jones has recorded a pair of 5-0 decisions against the Sandite this season. He has yet to meet Martin.

On the opposite side of the bracket is Joseph Lupton, Andy Schlaepfer, Zeke Washington, Jacob Hodges, and West Champion Hudson Neeley. Jones has split decisions against Lupton and is 0-2 against Washington. He fell 4-2 at Regionals and 9-8 in a dual. He has yet to meet Hodges or Neeley.

126 senior Blake Sargent (12-7, 101-32) will make his third trip to State thanks to the new fifth-place wrestle-in. He placed third as a sophomore but failed to place last year. The Sandite has been battling injury all year and has seen little action, wrestling less than half as many matches as the previous two seasons.

If he can make it past Joseph Reynolds in their first meeting, he will take on East Champion Reece Witcraft, who he is 0-3 against this year with decisions of 7-4, 11-8, and 9-1. From there he will take on either Kyri Beasley or Cade Manion. Sargent fell to Beasley 4-2 in overtime at Regionals, and he has yet to meet Manion.

On the other side of the bracket are Branden Elrod, Ethan Martin, Cameron Picklo, Kylon Burgert, and West Champion Colt Newton. Sargent beat Elrod 4-3 this season, but fell 4-2 to Picklo. He has yet to meet Martin, Burgert, or Newton.

Junior Irwin Portillo (30-17, 36-22) qualified for the first time at 132 and will take on Trent Higginbotham in the first round. It will be their first meeting. From there he will take on Roarke Simpson, John Ritchey, or Dylan Schickram. He defeated Simpson 7-4 in 2016, he’s 3-0 with three decisions against Ritchey, and he’s 0-3 against Schickram with three losses by fall.

On the other end of the bracket is Blake Gonzalez, Ty Lutze, Brayden Strachan, Camden Evans, and West Champion Gabe Johnson. Portillo fell 5-2 to Gonzalez last month, has three losses by decision to Lutze, and defeated Strachan 5-3 at Regionals. He has yet to meet Evans or Johnson.

Junior Scott Patton (26-18, 33-20) qualified at 138 and will have to fend off Brett Pinkston to defend his spot in the bracket. The last time they met went to overtime and the Sandite won 9-7 in the first round at Geary. If he wins, he will take on West Champion Peter Rolle, who he last met in the second round at Geary. He lost that match 9-4. From there he will take on either Parker Wright or Spencer Schickram. He has yet to meet Wright, but lost an 11-4 decision to Schickram in January.

On the other side of the bracket are Ja’len Hernandez, Connor Holman, Baylor Smith, Bryce Petering, and Christian Webb. Hernandez has three decisions over Patton, two of which were by a single point. Holman won 11-4 at Perry. Smith has one decision and two majors on Patton. Patton has defeated Webb by decision and pin, but has not yet met Petering.

Sophomore Chris Kirby (20-8) will take on Anthony DesVigne for the first time at 145, then will wrestle Chandler Holman, Austin Daniels, or West Champion Jaxen Gilmore. He hasn’t wrestled Holman or Gilmore, and has split wins with Daniels. Daniels won 16-0 in a dual last month, but Kirby got payback with a pin at Regionals.

On the other side of the bracket is Micah Lugafet, Hunter Skaggs, Ryan Swanson, Blake Ramos, and East Champion Tate Picklo. He pinned Skaggs at the Bobby Lyons Invitational and has yet to meet Lugafet. He split wins with Ramos, pinning the Redskin in a dual, but falling 14-3 at the Bobby Lyons tournament. Picklo has a pair of wins over Kirby, a tech fall at Regionals, and a pin at Dual State.

Junior Kaleb Tabor (24-11) will take on Landis Scoon at 152 in their first meeting. Then he will wrestle Richie Lee, Ian Brown, or Kyle Knowles. Tabor has yet to meet Brown or Knowles, but holds a 6-3 decision over Lee.

On the other end of the bracket are Kruz Simons, Drake Vannoy, Joseph Sylvester, Bryce Corona, and East Champion Brady Mattioda. Tabor defeated Sylvester 3-0 at Dual State and fell 6-3 to Vannoy last month. He has yet to meet Simons or Corona, and has a pair of two-point losses to Mattioda.

Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-20) will wrestle in against Rene Martinez at 170, then will take on East Champion Bryce Mattioda if he wins. After Mattioda will be either J.T. Stambeck or Kaleb Mertz. Mattioda has three decisions over Taylor with an average score of 7-0. He has yet to meet Stambeck, and fell 7-6 to Mertz at Regionals.

On the other side of the bracket are Brannigan Reyes, Trey Bowman, Shane Flandermeyer, Austin Manley, and defending State Champion Zane Coleman. Taylor and Reyes split decisions this season. Reyes won 6-5 at Dual State, but Taylor won 10-7 at Regionals. Taylor pinned Manley in a dual, but has yet to meet Bowman, Flandermeyer, or Coleman.

Senior Gage Fain (20-8, 59-46) is making his first trip to State at 220, and will take on Blake Minnick in round one. He fell 9-3 to Minnick at the Kansas City Stampede in December. From there he will wrestle Griff Stanley, Jared Galli, or defending State Champion Zach Marcheselli. He has pinned Galli twice this season, was pinned by Marcheselli at Regionals, and has yet to meet Stanley.

On the opposite side of the bracket are Micah Walker, Marquon Journey, Kameron Linsenmeyer, Tony Opichka, and West Champion Mason Lancaster. He fell 3-1 to Walker at Geary, defeated Linsenmeyer 3-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker at Regionals, and has yet to meet the other three.

The State Tournament will kick off with wrestle-in matches at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. First-round matches will be held at 11:00 a.m., first-round consolations will be at 5:30 p.m., and the semifinals will begin at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday the consolation semifinals will begin at 10:30 a.m., the consolations finals will be at 12:45 p.m., and the finals will be at 5:45 p.m. 

2017 State Tournament Scores
129.5 Sand Springs
124 Broken Arrow
110.5 Choctaw
64 Edmond North
47 Stillwater
41 Mustang
35 Owasso
33 Ponca City
33 Westmoore
33 Yukon
31.5 Midwest City
28 Norman North
25 Edmond Memorial
20 Putnam City
17 Deer Creek
14 Enid
12 Sapulpa
11 Union
9 Bartlesville
5 Bixby
4 Edmond Santa Fe
3 Moore
1 Norman
0 Muskogee
0 Putnam City North

State Qualifiers by team
12 – No. 2 Choctaw
11 – No. 3 Edmond North
11 - No. 4 Mustang
10 – No. 1 Broken Arrow
10 - No. 5 Sand Springs
9 – No. 8 Deer Creek
8 – No. 12 Southmoore
7 – No. 6 Ponca City
6 – No. 7 Edmond Memorial
6 - No. 11 Owasso
6 - Union
6 - No. 9 Yukon
5 – No. 13 Bartlesville
5- No. 10 Jenks
5- Westmoore
4 – Putnam City
3 – No. 14 Muskogee
3- Stillwater
3 - Putnam City North
3 - Sapulpa
2 – Norman North
2 - Shawnee
1 – Midwest City
1 - Moore
1 - Norman

Junior High Wrestling: Clayton Giddens-Buttram wins State Championship, Sandites place 5th

The Sand Springs wrestling team recently came in sixth place overall at the Junior High Allstate Wrestling Tournament in Oklahoma City. They placed sixth in the sixth and seventh-grade division with one champion, and twelfth in the eighth and ninth grade division with two runners-up.

The tournament is arguably tougher than the high school State Championship because the schools aren’t broken up by school classification. Wrestlers from more than 120 schools converged at Jim Norrick Arena, and Choctaw swept both divisions.

8th and 9th Grade

Christian Forbes (14-3) came in runner-up at 87 pounds. He pinned Ethan Crowe in 2:46 and Riddick Nash in 1:45, then defeated Gaige Stock 19-3, Riley Hunter 8-2, and Case Rich 5-2. In the finals he was defeated 3-1 by Catoosa’s Guy Cleavenger.

Kaden Glass (13-1) came in runner-up at 200 pounds. He pinned Antoine Thomas in 0:59 and Brody Cannon in 0:38, and defeated Cruz Partain 13-3, Luke Winningham 6-3, and Caleb Phillips 3-2. In the finals he was pinned by Elgin’s Issiah Wolf.

6th and 7th Grade

Clayton Giddens-Buttram (25-2) won the 72-pound bracket with ease, pinning his first three opponents. Boog Jeffries fell in 0:56, Caden McElroy fell in 1:37, and Jackson Bodine fell in 2:50. In the finals he defeated Treshaun Tecson 3-0.

Owen Martin (18-7) placed fourth at 76 pounds. He pinned Logan Stephens in thirty seconds, teched Zoey Freeman 16-1, and defeated Christian Belford 6-0 before falling to Cael Hughes. In consolation he defeated Jaxson Humphries 2-0, but fell 7-0 to Landyn Sommer in placement.

Rhett Peak (11-5) placed fifth at eighty pounds. He defeated Ethan Rodriguez 8-1, Christopher Garrett Jr. 2-1, and Brantz Bateman 2-0, and pinned Gant Browning in 1:07 before falling 4-0 to William Heger. In consolation he was defeated 6-4 by Jude Randall, but he won a 1-0 rematch with Bateman in placement.

Carter Goodman (5-3) came in sixth at 105 pounds, winning his first three and losing his last three. He pinned Colson Marth in 2:28, then topped Isaac Moore 11-9 and Dayton Cross 8-0 before falling to Jaxen Wright, Chance Gruenwald, and James Leake.

Drake Fain (4-2) placed eighth at 161, pinning Nick Jones in 1:16, Caiden Wright in 1:08, and Brady Conder in 1:39. He defeated Brody Todd 9-2, but fell by pin to Coal Mountain Madison and 10-0 to Kasen Vanbuskirk.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites qualify ten for State with two Regional Champions

The Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team will send ten wrestlers to the State Tournament next week after placing third at the 6A-East Regional Championship in Broken Arrow Saturday night. 

The defending Regional and State Champions were unable to replicate their last year's successful outing, but crowned two tournament champions out of four finalists, finishing a mere 9.5 points behind No. 4 Mustang. The host team won the tournament handily by a 61 point margin with six champions.

Carter Young (106) and Riley Weir (113) won their brackets, Chris Kirby (145) and Kaleb Tabor (152) were runners-up, Irwin Portillo (132) and Gage Fain (220) took third, Seth Jones (120) and Scott Patton (138) placed fourth to qualify for State outright. Blake Sargent (126) and Dayvon Taylor (170) came in fifth and will have the chance to wrestle the fourth-place finisher from the opposite region in a wrestle-in match at the State Tournament. Josh Fincannon (195) took sixth and will participate in the wrestle-in match only if one of the top five place-winners cannot participate.

Freshman standout Carter Young (37-1) breezed through his first two rounds at with a pair of technical falls, defeating Leyton Warne 19-4 in 2:51 and David Boucher 24-9 in 3:53. In the finals he took on Broken Arrow freshman Jared Hill and won a shutout, scoring a reversal in the third period for a 9-0 major decision and his nineteenth-straight victory.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (26-7, 88-25) pinned his first three competitors, taking down Garrett Johnson in 2:51, Henry Warren in 2:24, and Blazik Perez in 5:16. In the finals he battled Mustang freshman Tucker Owens and took a 2-0 lead with a first period takedown. He added a reversal in the second period, then rode out the third for a 4-0 decision.

Kaleb Tabor (24-11) pinned Ryan Stetler in 36 seconds, then defeated Christian McCutcheon 4-0 and Richie Lee 6-3. In the finals he stayed neutral through the first period against Broken Arrow senior Brady Mattioda. Mattioda got a second period reversal and rode out the final stretch for a 2-0 decision.

Chris Kirby (20-8) pinned his way to the finals, taking down Derek VanDyke in 1:35, Johnny Villa in 0:49, and Austin Daniels in 0:54, but gave up a technical fall to top-seeded Mustang freshman Tate Picklo.

Irwin Portillo (30-17, 36-22) won 5-2 decisions over Verdell Schoats and Tanner Frew before falling to Dylan Schickram. In consolation he defeated John Ritchey 3-1 to clinch his spot at state. In the finals he scored a first period takedown, Brayden Strachan escaped in the first and second, then Portillo jumped back out front with an escape and a takedown in the third for the 5-2 decision.

Gage Fain (19-8, 58-46) pinned Adam Denham in 2:20, but was in-turn pinned by defending State Champion Zach Marcheselli. In consolation he pinned Jared Galli in 2:00 and won a 3-2 ultimate tie-breaker over Stillwater senior Kameron Linsenmeyer.

Scott Patton (26-18, 33-20) defeated Enrie Chavez 7-4, fell 13-5 to Baylor Smith, then pinned Christian Webb in 3:10. In the consolation finals Union junior Jaylin Hernandez scored a takedown in the first and picked up a pair of penalty points before Patton escaped. In the third Patton cut it to a one-point deficit but couldn’t find a takedown and fell 4-3.

Seth Jones (26-14, 28-17) defeated Jackson Cockrell 3-2, fell 3-1 to Joseph Lupton, then pinned Caron Watson in 1:34. In the consolation finals he took on Owasso junior Zeke Washington. Washington scored first, both reversed, and the Ram rode out the third period for a 4-2 decision.

Senior State Qualifier Blake Sargent (12-7, 101-32) won his first match 6-3 over Tanner Robinson, but fell 11-8 to Reece Witcraft and 4-2 to Kyrie Beasley in sudden-victory overtime. In placement he rematched Robinson and scored takedowns in each period, an escape in the second, a second takedown in the third, and rode to a 9-1 major decision.

Dayvon Taylor (20-20) pinned Spencer Shook in 3:43 and won a 10-7 decision against Brannigan Reyes before falling 9-0 to top-seeded Broken Arrow sophomore Bryce Mattioda. He fell 7-6 to Kaleb Mertz in consolation and took on Jenks junior Colt Freeman in placement. Taylor scored first, Freeman reversed, then Taylor escaped and started the second period on top. Taylor cut the Trojan, who scored with twenty seconds left and took a 5-3 advantage into the third. Taylor escaped quickly and scored with nine seconds left for a 6-5 decision.

Josh Fincannon (13-18) pinned Lukas Hammack in 3:54 then dropped a 5-2 decision to Elijah Tomlin. In consolation he defeated Tanner Haskins 4-2 in sudden-victory overtime and won a 3-1 decision over Noah Hernandez before falling 5-0 to Judson Rowland. The Sandite wrestled Sapulpa senior Keland Bearpaw in placement and fell by 5-0 decision.

The Sandites didn’t wrestle anybody at 160, 182, or heavyweight, while both Broken Arrow and Mustang had full lineups. 

The State Tournament will kick off Friday, February 23rd at State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., Wrestle-In matches will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the first round will begin at 11:00 a.m. 

The semifinals and first round of consolations will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Consolation semifinals will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, consolation finals will be at 12:45 p.m., and finals will be at 5:45 p.m.. 

6A-East Regional Champions

106: Carter Young (Sand Springs)
113: Riley Weir (Sand Springs)
120: Laif Jones (Bartlesville)
126: Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow)
132: Dylan Schickram (Ponca City)
138: Baylor Smith (Owasso)
145: Tate Picklo (Mustang)
152: Brady Mattioda (Broken Arrow)
160: Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow)
170: Bryce Mattioda (Broken Arrow)
182: J.D. Johnson (Owasso)
195: Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
220: Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
285: Sam Smith (Stillwater)

6A-East Regional Team Scores

258.5 Broken Arrow
197.5 Mustang
188 Sand Springs
137.5 Ponca City
128 Owasso
124 Jenks
115.5 Union
99 Bartlesville
77.5 Stillwater
74 Muskogee
66 Sapulpa
35 Enid
31.5 Midwest City
26 Putnam City West
21 U.S. Grant
3 Bixby

CPHS Wrestling ends season 13-4 at Dual State


The defending 6A Dual State Champions didn't get to retain their title last week in Shawnee. The No. 5 ranked Sandites (13-4) from Charles Page High School were eliminated in the first round of the tournament, 34-29 by No. 4 Mustang (18-3).

The Sandites started in the hole as Chris Kirby (17-7) fell in 1:25 to Tate Picklo. They got on the board at 152 as Kaleb Tabor (21-10) won a 3-0 decision against Jojo Sylvester with an escape and two caution points.

Jasanee Harjo (3-7) had a close match against Joey Carter. He scored an escape to start the second but the Bronco took him down soon after. Harjo broke loose but was scored on again and entered the third period trailing 4-3. Mustang got an escape and stayed neutral for a 5-3 decision.

Dayvon Taylor (17-18) gave up takedowns in the first two periods against Brannigan Reyes but scored one of his own in the third to tie it at 5-5, then cut the Bronco loose. He was unable to score again, however, and gave up a 6-5 decision.

Noah Almy (4-7, 28-27) fell in the first period to Cooper Meadows, Josh Fincannon (10-15) dropped a 12-0 major decision to Judson Rowland and the Broncos took a 22-3 lead.

Gage Fain (17-7, 56-45) got the Sandites back in contention with his ninth-straight victory, pinning Adam Denham in 1:19, but Blake Russell took the points right back by pinning Robbie Parrish (3-12) at heavyweight.

Freshman Carter Young (34-1) kept the Sandites alive, working up a 5-0 first period lead against Keegan Luton and reversing in the second for a trio of back points. He continued to work and ultimately secured a 16-1 technical fall with only nine seconds left for his seventeenth-straight victory.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (22-7, 84-25) had a tough competitor in Tucker Owens. The two went neutral through the first and Weir rode the whole second period before escaping with fifty seconds left. The Bronco scored the go ahead takedown soon after, however, and won the 2-1 decision.

Seth Jones (24-12, 26-15) scored a takedown on Joe Lupton but gave up a reversal in the second period. He escaped late in the third and scored a last second takedown for a 5-2 decision.

Blake Sargent (10-5, 99-30) suffered a 4-2 decision to Cam Picklo, Irwin Portillo (26-16, 32-21) received a forfeit, and Scott Patton pinned Mark Boyd in 25 seconds to bring the dual to a close.

The Broncos were eliminated 35-26 by eventual State Champion No. 2 Choctaw (8-1) who defeated No. 1 Broken Arrow (9-1) 29-20 in the finals.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites throttle Bixby 75-6 with eight pins


The Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team (13-3) secured their biggest win of the year at Tuesday night’s Homecoming dual, recording eight pins in a 75-6 rout of Bixby (0-10).

Brendon Wiseley (13-7, 14-7) received a forfeit at 106, Carter Young (33-1) pinned Aidan Kirkland in 39 seconds, and Seth Jones (23-12, 25-15) pinned Jacob Burdette in 23 seconds for an 18-0 lead.

Blake Sargent (10-4, 99-29) took on Ainsley Lane in the only match of the night that went the distance. He recorded a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second. He spent most of the match working on a pin before changing strategy midway through the third and trying to score points. He scored two more takedowns in the final minute but was held to a 10-3 decision.

Irwin Portillo (25-16, 31-21) restarted the pinning streak, finishing off Gavin Southern in 1:10. Scott Patton (23-16, 30-18) pinned Braden Bickle in 1:23, Colby Heckencamp (3-4) pinned Derek VanDyke in 2:58, Chris Kirby (17-6) pinned Ryan Statler in 24 seconds, Kaleb Tabor (20-10) pinned Christian Brylewski in 1:25, and Dayvon Taylor (17-17) pinned Andrew Plumlee in 2:42.

Chad Moore picked up the only points of the night for Bixby by receiving a forfeit at 182. Josh Fincannon (10-4) received a forfeit at 195, Gage Fain (16-7, 55-45) received a forfeit at 220, and Robert Parrish (3-11) received a forfeit at heavyweight to end the night.

The dual was the last of the year for Bixby, who will return to action at the Regional Tournament Friday the 16th in Broken Arrow.

The Sandites will travel to Firelake Arena in Shawnee this Friday to take on No. 4 Mustang (18-3) at 6:00 p.m. in the Dual State Championship quarterfinals. The Sandites are the defending Dual State Champions and won 25 straight duals before falling 43-25 to No. 1 Broken Arrow (9-1) in January.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites top No. 8 Jenks 38-23


Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School (10-1) improved to 4-1 in Frontier Valley Conference wrestling with a 38-23 Thursday night victory over No. 8 Jenks (9-2). The Sandites won eight matches to six and picked up bonus points in several.

Davon Taylor (16-17) started off the night at 170 pounds and scored first with a takedown, but Colt Freeman quickly reversed and ran the match till the third period. Trailing 7-5 in the final stretch, Taylor escaped and took a shot with ten seconds left, but Freeman came out on top with a 9-6 decision.

Noah Almy (4-6 season, 28-26 career) took on Jaylon Pitts and scored first with a second period takedown. Pitts escaped and scored on the Sandite, then Almy escaped to tie it up. Pitts took the lead with a third period escape and scored a pair of takedowns for the 9-5 decision.

Josh Fincannon (9-14) scored on Ethan Felts immediately and added a trio of back points before the buzzer. He added escapes in the second and third periods and scored a takedown with 45 seconds left for the 9-1 major decision to get the Sandites on the board.

Gage Fain (15-7, 54-45) easily took down Jared Galli twice in the first period and added nearfall points for a 6-1 lead. He picked up two more takedowns in the second period for an 11-3 advantage before sticking his foe for the 10-6 team lead.

Caleb Orr took a 4-1 first period lead against Robbie Parrish (2-11) and rode it out for the duration.

Carter Young (32-1) won his fifteenth-straight match by pinning Sian Suan in 1:13, then State Champion Riley Weir (22-6, 84-24) won his fourteenth-straight by pinning Jonathan Kelvington in 2:14 after taking a 10-3 first period lead. Seth Jones (22-12) scored immediately on Matt Ruley and pinned the Trojan in fifty seconds and the Sandites pushed their lead to 28-9.

Blake Sargent (9-4, 98-29) returned to the lineup for the first time since the Broken Arrow dual to take on Branden Elrod. Sargent scored early in the first and started the second on top with a 2-0 lead. Elrod reversed to tie it up and started the third period on top, but Sargent reversed again for a 4-3 decision.

Irwin Portillo (24-16, 30-21) took a 2-0 first period lead on Garrett Weis, then added a reversal, takedown, and nearfall points in the second. A takedown in the third period gave Portillo the 14-4 major decision to clinch the dual at 35-9.

Scott Patton (22-16, 29-18) was well matched against Enrie Chavez and the two went scoreless till the third period when Patton got a point on a penalty. The Sandite escaped soon after but Chavez scored the lone takedown of the match to tie it up. Patton escaped again and survived a pair of shots for the 3-2 decision.

Austin Daniels took a 5-0 first period lead on Chris Kirby (16-6) and ultimately prevailed 16-0 in 4:00 technical fall.

Kaleb Tabor (19-10) had an equally tough competitor in Drake Vannoy and gave up a pair of takedowns before reversing late in the second period. Vannoy scored again in the third, then gave up a penalty for a 6-3 decision.

The dual wrapped up at 160 as Jasanee Harjo (3-6) fell in 51 seconds to Killian McGrew

The Sandites will return to action Tuesday, February 6th with a 7:00 p.m. home dual against Bixby (0-6). Jenks won’t dual again till Dual State in February, but they will travel to the Pryor Tournament Friday morning.

Sandite of the Week: Carter Young wins 14-straight, named Ram Duals Outstanding Wrestler

Central Ninth Grade Center freshman Carter Young has sustained only one loss this season on the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Sand Springs Varsity Wrestling Team. Not only is he the winningest member of the team with a record of 31-1, he also has the longest active streak at fourteen.

The defending Dual State Champions (12-3) had a busy schedule this past week, wrestling ten duals in four days. Young went 9-0 during that period and was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the entire tournament at the Third Annual Ram Duals. On Tuesday the Sandites were defeated 43-25 by No. 1 Broken Arrow (7-1), but Young did his part for the team by pinning Jared Hill in 4:58.

On Thursday Young went two-for-two, teching David Boucher 21-6 in 3:39 in the district dual against Bartlesville. He also pinned Muskogee's Rashaan Brownlee in 1:36 to help the Sandites qualify for the Dual State Championship.

The Sandites headed to Owasso Friday for the Ram Duals and while the team went 2-1, Young went 3-0. He pinned State Qualifier Josiah Scates (Bentonville) in 2:42, teched Leyton Warne (Owasso) 15-0, and pinned Logan Fisher (Lebanon) in 59 seconds. 

On Saturday the Sandites took fifth place with a 2-1 record and Young came up strong for the team. He won a 6-0 decision over State Qualifier Jason Henschel (Goddard), teched State Qualifier Tate Sauder (Manhattan) 18-3, and pinned Lake Epperson (Comanche) in 1:53. 

Young averaged 5.33 points per dual for the Sandites against some of the toughest teams in the midwest, in duals where every point mattered. The 2017 Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman National Champion is currently ranked fourteenth in the country by FloWrestling. His only high school loss was in overtime in the Geary Invitational finals against No. 8 ranked Ryan Miller from Blair Academy. 

The Sandites will return to action Thursday at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to No. 8 Jenks (9-1).

To nominate a Sandite of the Week, email SanditePrideNews@gmail.com 

Youth Wrestling: Kaden Glass wins Flo National Championship

Pictured: Clayton Giddens took fourth place at the Flo Tulsa Nationals.

Pictured: Clayton Giddens took fourth place at the Flo Tulsa Nationals.

Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club member Kaden Glass (8-0) picked up his second National Championship title of the month this past weekend. After going 4-0 in the U.S. Junior Open Championship, he repeated the feat at the Flo Tulsa Nationals, winning the 200-pound bracket in the fifteen-and-under division.

After scoring a 17-2 technical fall against Frank Lucero (Albuquerque) in 1:44, Glass’s next three matches were a lot closer. He defeated Nathan Wemstrom (Buffalo Grove) 7-2, only giving up escape points, but he had to come from behind in his next match. He scored first on Kyle Hobill (Chandler), but Hobill reversed to tie it up, then took a 5-2 lead in the second period with an escape and a takedown. Glass reversed with only five seconds left in the second period, then scored a takedown midway through the third to secure the 6-5 decision.

In the finals Glass scored first against KJ Miley (House Springs) and gave up an escape to start the second period up 2-1. Miley reversed for the lead and stayed out front till fifteen seconds before the end of the match when Glass scored a takedown for the 4-3 decision.

Clayton Giddens (15-2) placed fourth at seventy pounds in the twelve-and-under division. He pinned Joey Hutchins (Medford) in 1:18 and Cole Frost (Gilbertville) in 41 seconds, then defeated DJ Bonam (Omaha) 5-2 before falling 2-1 to Jackson Blum (Otsego) in an ultimate tie-breaker. In consolation he defeated Sam Herring (Memphis) 4-3 but fell 2-0 to Davis Motyka (Kingston) in the finals.

Jaxon Trotter (18-6) placed fourth at 100 pounds in the ten-and-under division. He lost his opening match to Kyle Harrall (Geary), but won five-straight in consolation. He pinned Gregory Moore (Omaha) in 0:57 and Daxton Williams (Omaha) in 1:00, then won a 6-1 decision over Percie Hatfield (Moyock), a 2-0 decision over Gabriel Goode (Paola), and a 4-1 decision over Devan Parn (Brookfield) before falling to Danny Zmorowski (Twinsburg) in the finals.

Asher Giddens (14-4) took fifth place at 46 pounds in the six-and-under division. He fell 13-7 to Casey Bittner (Salinas) in the opening round, but worked his way through the consolation bracket by defeating Andres Esparza (Commerce City) 10-1, Easton Rodgers (Bixby) 6-2, and Cru Foster (Chickasha) 2-1 before falling 5-0 to Elias Faith (Evansville) in the consolation semifinals. In the placement round he defeated Santino Martinez (Albuquerque) 6-3.

Youth Wrestling: Thirteen Sandites win gold at Berryhill Tournament

Thirteen members of the Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club won first place medals at the recent Berryhill youth tournament in Tulsa. 

Division Five

Wyatt Meredith (6-3) won the 92-pound bracket by pinning Ethan Smith (Berryhill) in 27 seconds and winning a 13-3 major decision against Kyler Tabor (Berryhill).

Sammy Naugle (2-2) lost his first two matches to Hunter Waits (Berryhill) and Elijah Hynes (Broken Arrow), but pinned Cameron Pritchard (Bristow) in 3:21 and won a 6-3 decision over Destiny Smith (Sperry) for third place at 113 pounds.

Division Four

Zander Grigsby (5-4) won the 67-pound bracket and barely even spent a minute on the mat. He pinned Colton Ganaway (Jenks) in nineteen seconds and Beau Canfield (Bristow) in 54.

Abraham Flores (13-3) won his fourth tournament of the year at 110 pounds. He pinned Colton Hainzinger (Collinsville) in 1:30 and received a forfeit from teammate Adrian Flores (3-9). Adrian defeated Hainzinger 4-3 for second place.

Balance Johnson (5-0) won the 140-pound bracket with a pair of falls. He pinned Micco Jones (Sapulpa) in 4:20 and Blake Postoak (Berryhill) in 1:20.

Mitchell Smith (8-3) placed second at eighty pounds. He pinned Ryan Cantrell (Cleveland) in 2:34 and Carson Leach (Collinsville) in 2:33 before falling 7-0 to Hudson Henslick (Collinsville).

Division Three

Matthew Moore (13-2) won his second-straight tournament at 64 pounds. He majored Joey Bish (Berryhill) 9-0 and won 8-2 and 11-4 decisions against teammate Tanner Copeland and Aydin Machado (Cushing) respectively.

Ayreson Reiss (4-0) won the 67-pound bracket, majoring Luke Shaffer (Collinsville) 10-1 and teammate Colt Cothran (6-15) 11-2, pinning Mason Lapham (Owasso) in 1:49, and scoring a 6-2 decision over teammate Brody Wilson (2-5). Wilson placed second, pinning Shaffer in 0:42 and defeating Cothran 6-4. Cothran came in third, pinning Lapham in 2:46 and defeating Shaffer 9-6.

David Ritchey (6-2) drew only one competitor at 73 pounds, and won the best-of-three series against Mason Moore (Owasso) for his second-straight tournament title. He majored Moore 12-4 and pinned him in 2:34.

Kaden Pope (8-2) had the most impressive run of the tournament, winning the 61-pound bracket entirely by fall. He pinned Matteo Carrasco (Collinsville) in 51 seconds, Connor Cox (Ponca City) in 43 seconds, and Isaiah Carrasco (Collinsville) in 32 seconds.

Jaxon Trotter (13-4 Division 3, 4-3 Division 4) won the 100-pound bracket, defeating Aiden Petitt (Broken Arrow) 15-0, Kole Lamont (Broken Arrow) 8-6, and Zachary Fischer (Jenks) 17-1. He also placed second in Division Four, pinning Gage Smith (Berryhill) in 3:34.

Jaxon Grigsby (10-3) came in second at 55 pounds, pinning Conner Krajicek (Owasso) in 1:13 and Tucker Alberty (Sapulpa) in 1:26 before falling 4-0 to Mason Burnham (Catoosa) in the finals.

Division Two

Kasen McAffrey (9-0) won his fourth-straight tournament at seventy pounds. He defeated Max Harland (Berryhill) 5-2 and pinned Payson Robinson (Sapulpa) in 2:56.

Promised Johnson (5-1) placed second at 75 pounds. He pinned Eli Montgomery (Berryhill) in 48 seconds and won a 22-7 tech fall over Caiden Estrada (Sperry) but fell 6-4 to Carter Wood (Berryhill) in sudden victory overtime.

Novice 4

Ramone Sparks (9-1) placed second at 92 pounds, defeating Gunner Boulware (Broken Arrow) 9-6 and pinning Konnor Kaul (Jenks) in 2:47 before falling 7-1 to Seth Friday (Jenks).

Novice 3

Isaac Sensintaffar (3-0) took first place at 76 pounds, pinning teammate Connor Beals (12-7) in twenty seconds and winning a 14-2 major decision over Mavrick Aunko (Collinsville). Beals placed second, defeating Aunko 9-6.

Tanner Copeland (2-2 Open, 3-0 Novice) won the 64-pound bracket handily, pinning Blayton Collins (Sand Springs) in 1:41 and Jake Patterson (Catoosa) in 0:52, and majoring Landon Dodd (Sperry) 10-2. He also placed third in Open, pinning Joey Bish (Berryhill) in 22 seconds. Lane Bailey (9-1) placed third. He pinned Carter Meloy (Cushing) in thirteen seconds before falling 12-2 to Dodd. In consolation he majored Collins 12-1 and won a rematch with Meloy 13-6.

Novice 2

Griffin Sensintaffar (3-0) took first in the 55-pound bracket. He majored Daxton Iten (Broken Arrow) 10-2, defeated Trey Burk (Cleveland) 12-9, then defeated Jett Richards (Inola) 8-7 in an overtime tie-breaker.

Blayton Collins (15-10) placed second at 64 pounds. He received a forfeit in the opening round, then pinned Nathan Rickers (Woodward) in 2:43 before falling 7-1 to Kyler Walters (Kingfisher) in the finals.

Legend Johnson (2-1) placed second at 61 pounds, pinning Isabella Perea (Sapulpa) in 37 seconds and Brayden Grimes (Sand Springs) in 24 seconds before falling 6-3 to Keller Byrum (Jenks).

Tyler Feigenbaum (13-4) came in runner-up at 67 pounds. He majored Austin Halley (Bristow) 14-0 and topped Corbyn Smith (Broken Arrow) 9-5 in sudden victory overtime before falling to Erblin Morina (Bartlesville) in the finals.

Novice 1

Zayden Anderson (3-1) came in runner-up at 43 pounds, pinning Wyatt Bruce (Bartlesville) in sixteen seconds and winning a 15-7 major decision against Zane Robinson (Collinsville) before falling to Jerren Scott (Collinsville) in the finals.

Spencer Grimes (3-2) came in runner-up at 37 pounds. He pinned Tristan Gardland (Berryhill) in 0:49 and Dominic Campbell (Inola) in 1:41 before falling to Hutch Landrum (Broken Arrow) in the finals. Aubrey Holman (4-5) placed third. He was pinned in the opening round by Dillan Cantrell (Inola), but rebounded in consolation by pinning Dallas Williams (Bartlesville) in 0:56 and Campbell in 1:16. In the finals he won a rematch with Cantrell and prevailed 15-13 in sudden victory overtime.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites roll over Kansas 6A State Champions 39-20


Owasso, OK - Bigger isn’t always better. After falling 38-30 to the Kansas 5A State Champions, the Sandites rebounded with a victory over the Kansas 6A State Champions in the consolation semifinals at the Third Annual Ram Duals. Charles Page High School (11-3) defeated Mannhattan High School 39-20. 

Chris Kirby (15-5) kicked things off in style by pinning Daron Island-Jones in 2:42. The Indians got on the board with a 14-6 major decision from State Runner-Up Bubba Wilson over Kaleb Tabor (18-9) and took the lead as State Champion Jalin Harper pinned Braydon Dahl (0-3) in 0:55. Quincy Saddler won an 8-8 ultimate tie breaker against Dayvon Taylor (16-16) before the Sandites got back in the win column with a 6-4 decision from Noah Almy (4-5, 28-25) over Mikey Soberano. Both teams gave up unsportsmanlike penalties in that match and the Indians held the lead at 12-8.

Josh Fincannon (8-13) gave up a 9-1 major decision to Robert Houston, Gage Fain (15-6, 54-44) got a forfeit at 220, and Hunter Christensen won an 8-0 major decision against Robbie Parrish (1-10) to make it 20-14.

Carter Young (30-1) won an 18-3 technical fall against State Qualifier Tate Saunders and Brendon Wiseley (11-7, 12-7) teched Adrian Kaus 16-0 for the team lead.

State Champion Riley Weir (20-6, 82-24) won a 5-0 decision against Joshua Pence, and Seth Jones (20-12, 22-15) pinned Marccus Wallace in 1:36 to clinch the dual at 33-20. Irwin Portillo (22-16, 28-21) won a 3-1 decision over Darius Island-Jones and Scott Patton (21-16, 28-18) won a 7-0 decision against Jacob Mitchell to wrap things up.

The Sandites will wrestle for fifth place against 3A No. 2 Comanche (12-3) at 1:45 p.m. at Owasso High School.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites fall 38-30 to Kansas 5A State Champions, Goddard High


The defending Oklahoma 6A State Champions from Charles Page High School (10-3) managed to defeat the Arkansas 7A State Champions on day one of the Third Annual Ram Duals, but on day two they were narrowly defeated by the reigning 5A Champions from Kansas. Nationally-ranked No. 48 Goddard High School overwhelmed an injury ridden team of young Sandites to knock the defending tournament champs out of contention for the title.

Cayleb Atkins won a 7-2 decision over Scott Patton (20-16 season, 27-18 career) in the opening match, Nolan Craine pinned Chris Kirby (14-5) in 25 seconds, and the Lions didn’t give up their lead till ten matches later.

Kaleb Tabor (18-8) got Sand Springs on the board at 152 by pinning Dalton Pruitt in 1:26, but Goddard won their next four matches. State Qualifier Trevor Dopps pinned Braydon Dahl (0-2) in 3:55, State Runner-Up Troy Fisher won a 19-6 major decision against Dayvon Taylor (16-15), State Qualifier Austin Andres pinned Noah Almy (3-5, 27-25) in 0:43, and Cayden Atkins won an 8-3 decision over Josh Fincannon (8-12) for a 28-6 lead.

Gage Fain (14-6, 53-44) returned from injury to win an 8-2 decision over Trenton Willert, Robbie Parrish (1-9) received a forfeit, then Carter Young (29-1) topped State Qualifier Jason Henschel 6-0 to cut the deficit to 28-18.

State Champion Riley Weir (19-6, 81-24) easily handed State Qualifier Lucas Glover a pin in 1:27 and Seth Jones (19-12, 21-15) gave the Sandites their first lead of the morning by pinning Isaiah Holmes in 3:01 to make it 30-28.

Colton Roberts (3-6) was well matched against Jace Fisher but gave up an escape and a takedown after a scoreless first period. Both wrestlers reversed and the Lion came up with back points for a 9-2 lead. Fisher reversed again in the third for an 11-2 major decision for the 32-30 team lead.

The fate of the dual came down to Irwin Portillo (21-16, 27-21) against State Runner-Up Logan Pirl. Experience triumphed and the Lion secured the win with a fall in 5:10.

The Sandites won’t get to repeat their tournament title, but they can still compete for fifth place. They will wrestle the Kansas 6A State Champions from Manhattan, Kansas in the consolation semifinals, then will take on either 3A No. 2 Comanche or Shawnee Heights High School from Tecumseh, Kansas.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites fall 34-31 to Lebanon, Missouri


The Charles Page High School varsity wrestling team (10-2) lost their second dual of the season Friday evening to Lebanon, Missouri, but won their first two duals of the day to earn their way into the Gold Bracket of the Third Annual Ram Duals. The defending tournament champions will fight to retain their title Saturday morning.

Seth Jones (18-12 season, 20-15 career) kicked things off with a 4-3 decision over State Qualifier Cole Roark, but Cale Schmitz won a 4-1 decision against Irwin Portillo (21-15, 27-20) to tie it up.

Raegan Mowery took down Scott Patton (20-15, 27-17) at 138, Patton reversed for back points, then Mowery reversed, then Patton reversed again for a nearfall and an 8-4 lead to end the first period. He started the second period on top then Mowery reversed for a trio of back points before Patton managed to roll off them off the mat. Mowery took the top in the third period and Patron reversed for a 10-9 lead then picked up a caution point. Mowery escaped with seconds left, but Patton got the 11-10 decision for the 6-3 team lead.

Chris Kirby (14-4) dropped an 11-2 major decision to Caleb Shields, his first dual loss of the season, then the Sandites forfeited 152 to State Qualifier Trevor Christian.

Kaleb Tabor (17-8) took a 6-0 lead on Jerico Marquez before giving up a reversal. He reversed right back, however, and rode out the rest of the match for an 8-2 decision.

Dayvon Taylor (16-13) majored Jon Berry 12-1 to tie the dual at 13-13 but Ty Glendenning pinned Noah Almy (3-4, 27-24) in 2:48 to reclaim the Lebanon lead.

Josh Fincannon (8-11) took down Caleb Brown at 195, the Yellowjacket reversed for back points, then Fincannon reversed to end the first period. Fincannon took the lead with back points in the second period but Brown reversed again to enter the final stanza 7-6. The third period started neutral, Fincannon got the takedown, then Brown reversed one last time for the 9-8 decision.

The Sandites forfeited 220 and Landen Smith pinned Robbie Parrish (0-9) to clinch the dual at 34-13.

Brendon Wiseley (10-7, 11-7) pinned Cole Patton in 1:28, Carter Young (28-1) pinned Hogan Fisher in 0:59, then Riley Weir (18-6, 80-24) pinned State Qualifier Hunter Lewis in 4:16 to conclude the dual, 34-31.

The Sandites will return to Owasso tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the Championship bracket.