2X Sandite of the Week: Daton Fix

Story and photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week Sandite Pride would like to recognize Charles Page High School junior Daton Fix as Sandite of the Week for his incredible performance at the Oklahoma 6A State Championship this weekend.

Fix finished his junior year with a 45-0 record, making it his third consecutive undefeated year. With a 115-0 record, Fix is a three-time 6A East Regional Champion, three-time 6A State Champion, three-time Kansas City Stampede Champion, and that's just his high school career.

In the quarterfinals he pinned Deer Creek's Bobby Robinson in 1:37. His next match was a lot closer as he prevailed by way of 15-3 major decision over Drew Wilson of Midwest City. A major decision is about as close as it gets for Fix, who has only won a single match this season by less 8 points. That one was a 5-3 win over nationally-ranked No.12 Requir Van Der Merwe of Blair Academy who just went 3-0 at FloNationals, helping his school to a National Championship.

In the State Finals, Fix got a rematch against fellow Fargo Champion Dalton Duffield of Westmoore. Duffield stood in the way of Fix's last State Championship as well and the Sandite prevailed 11-3 last year. This time it would be even more of a blowout as he teched Duffield 23-8 in 4:58. 

Fix is now only the second Sandite in town history to win three State Championships, following in the footsteps of David McGuire who won it from 1963-1965. 

Ranked third in the nation at 132 and eighth pound-for-pound, Fix is a four-time Southern Plains Regional Champion in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman. He won his first two National Championships in 2011 at the ASICS Freestyle and Greco tournaments. In 2012 he took Runner-Up at the ASICS Folkstyle Championship and defended his first two titles and added a Cliff Keen USAW Preseason National title. In 2013 he took Runner-Up at ASICS Freeestyle Nationals and won the USAW Cadet Freestyle and Greco Nationals.

In 2014 he won the USAW Folkstyle Championship, the Cadet Freestyle and Greco Pan-American Championships in Brazil, the ASICS Freestyle Championship, and was a member of the Team Oklahoma Dual Nationals team at the USAW Freestyles. He traveled to the World Freestyle Championship and took 10th place, then went to the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China where he won a Silver Medal. 

Last summer he won the Junior Folkstyle FloNationals, the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals, the UWW Cadet & University Freestyle Nationals, the Junior Freestyle Dual Nationals as part of Team Oklahoma, the USAW Junior Freestyle Nationals, and claimed a Bronze Medal at the Cadet World Championship.

This is Fix's second time as Sandite of the Week. He is the son of Derek Fix, a CPHS assistant coach and former collegiate wrestler for Oklahoma State University, and the grandson of Alan Karstetter, the former long-time Head Coach for CPHS. His cousin Cody Karstetter wrestles for the University of North Carolina and fellow junior, cousin Jack Karstetter took Runner-Up at this year's State Championship.

Sandite of the Week is a weekly recognition given to any one person with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who accomplishes remarkable achievements during the Sunday through Saturday week preceding the award. Prior achievements may be noted in the article, but do not bear direct influence on the selection committee which only considers prior week accomplishments. Candidates may be nominated by anyone by emailing SanditePrideNews@gmail.com. Bylaws prevent the giving of the award to anyone for two consecutive weeks, but any recipient may be nominated and awarded again in the future, so long as the weeks are not consecutive. Final selection is made by a majority vote of a three-person staff committee. 

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Daton Fix wins third State Championship, team finishes third


By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The long train of Sand Springs 2015-2016 Championship appearances has led from softball to cross country to dance to football to dual state, and now it's stationed at Oklahoma State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City where the Sandites sent ten qualifiers for one of their best performances in years. 

The wrestlers may not have pulled off their first team championship since 1971, but they have undoubtedly shown themselves strong in the great tradition of Sandite athletic excellence. 

Going into the tournament Sand Springs held 35 individual State titles from 25 champions. The likelihood of adding to that number was strong as they brought six Regional Champions and one returning State Champion in Daton Fix.  

106 pound freshman Riley Weir (21-12), 113 pound junior Michael Ritchey (24-12), and 170 pound senior Trace Fleischman (10-6) were eliminated without placing.  

Sophomore Payton Scott (19-6) came in fourth place in 152 after an upset by Westmoore's Trey Painter whom he initially defeated in round one of the tournament. The two went into a tie breaker round where Painter came on top with a 3-2 decision.

Sophomore Blake Sargent (39-12) came in third at 120, scoring first with an escape midway through the second period against Zackery Bibb of Capitol Hill. Bibb tied it up moments into the third. The two remained neutral through the third, the sudden victory round, and the first tie breaker. In the second tie breaker round Sargent got the escape and the 2-1 victory. Bibb had initially defeated Sargent in round one. 

160 pound Junior Zane Basma (35-12) came in third after taking a quick lead by takedown and near fall less than a minute in to his match against Enid's Anthony Gonzalez. He added another takedown for near fall points moments into the third for a 9-0 lead and ultimately triumphed with a 16-0 tech fall in 4:32. 

132 pound junior Jack Karstetter (39-8) settled for State Runner Up after a narrow 3-2 decision to Kruz Simons of Edmond North. Simons scored first with a first period takedown with only 18 seconds left. Karstetter added a quick escape to start the second, then cut Simons loose a minute into the third after efforts at a pin proved fruitless. Unfortunately he was unable to find the takedown.

138 pound junior Beau Bratcher (43-7) came in second to Jaxen Gilmore of Yukon. Bratcher scored first with a quick takedown but Gilmore was right behind him with a reversal for near fall points to end the first period. Gilmore added another reversal with 40 left in the second and took a 7-2 lead into the final period where he pinned the Sandite in 4:52. 

Junior Daton Fix (45-0) secured his third consecutive undefeated State Championship with a 23-8 tech fall over fellow Fargo Champion Dalton Duffield of Westmoore in 4:58. Fix made it through the match without giving up a single takedown or reversal. Fix is now only the second Sandite ever to win three State Championships, following in the path of David McGuire who won three from 1963-1965.

This is Sand Springs's 36th individual State Championship and the first time since 1979 that the Sandites have brought home a gold medal three years in a row. 

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.  

Seven Sandites take First Place at OK USA Youth State Championship

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Carter Wood, Michael Johnson, Clayton Giddens, Carter Young, Blake Jones, Sammy Naugle, and Jared Hill all placed first in their divisions at the Oklahoma USA Youth Wrestling State Championship last month, wrestling for Sand Springs Team Big, a club started by Charles Page High School assistant coach Derek Fix. Those champions are but a few on the long roster of incredible youth talent that represents the future of Sandite wrestling.

Jared Hill won the 92 lbs bracket in Division 5, the oldest division, in a close overtime matchup with Bryce Dauphin of Tuttle. Hill pinned his first opponent, Kilian McNichol of Owasso, in 1:06, then outlasted Copper Gibson (NEO) 11-7 on his way to the finals. Hill and Dauphin were tied 0-0 when regulation expired and the two entered into a sudden victory overtime period where the Team Big wrestler came out on top with a 2-pt takedown. This marks Hill's first tournament win of the year after coming in second at both the US Jr. Open Championships and the Ted Anderson Open.

Carter Young competed at 76 lbs in Division 4 and majored Collinsville's Jordan Cullors 10-1 in the opening round, then pinned Hunter Waits (RAW) in 1:29 before registering a 6-2 decision over John Wiley (Matrix WC) for his ninth tournament championship this school year. Young is a two-time consecutive ASICS Kids National Freestyle Champion and two-time consecutive ASICS Kids National Greco-Roman Runner-Up.

Blake Jones competed at 92 lbs in Division 4 and breezed through four opponents while only allowing a single point. He teched his first foe, Kaden Murray (Jay), 16-0, then defeated Jack Golowenski in the quarterfinals by 5-1 decision. His narrowest match was against Landon Valenzuela (Southmoore) 3-0 in the semis, but he finished up with a solid 6-0 decision over Reese Davis of Tuttle for his sixth tournament championship of the school year.

Michael Johnson competed at 52 lbs in Division 3 and didn't allow a single point over his three matches. Hunter Jackson (Elgin) and teammate Zander Grigsby each went down by way of major decision, 9-0 and 8-0 respectively. In the finals he defeated Jason Goodin (Moore) 7-0 for his ninth Championship this school year. Last summer he claimed his second consecutive ASICS Kids Freestyle National Championship title in Wisconsin.

Clayton Giddens competed at 58 lbs in Division 3 and pinned his first two opponents in nearly the exact same amount of time. Cash Donnell (StandFast Wrestling) fell in 2:51, followed by Dylan Abbott (Sperry) in 2:52. In the finals he was pitted against Bryson Humphries of Catoosa and triumphed by 6-0 decision. This makes Giddens's sixth tournament championship this school year. He also placed runner-up at the U.S. Jr. Open Championships. 

Sammy Naugle competed at 80 lbs in the Novice Division 4 bracket and defeated Keaton Story (Creek) 3-0 and Ransom Cosby (Blanchard) 2-0 en rout to the finals. There he was pitted against Garrett Washington (Glenpool) and won 6-3 for his fourth tournament championship of the school year and first of 2016.

Carter Wood competed at 60 lbs in the Novice Division 1 bracket, scoring a 0:46 fall over Trevor Engles (Blanchard), then defeated his next three opponents by decision. Alex Munoz (Collinsville) went down 2-0, Rylan Rinehart (Newcastle) fell 6-3, and Promised Johnson (Bristow) lost 8-6. This marks Wood's fifth championship this school year, winning tournaments at Owasso, Catoosa, and Sand Springs, as well as the 2016 Flo Novice Nationals. Not bad for a 6 year old. 

Other results are as follows...

Division 5

76 Dylan Luker, 4th Place

  • defeated 6-2 by Caleb Hight
  • defeated Jose Becerril 1-0
  • teched 18-1 by Cryce Cockrell 
  • defeated 4-2 by Cooper Britton

100 Brendon Wisely, DNP

  • majored 9-0 by Josh Taylor
  • defeated 4-1 by Agustus Edwards

100 Brandon Elrod, 4th Place

  • pinned Mason Watts in 1:06
  • defeated 3-0 by Ryder Ramsey
  • majored Sheldon Roberts 9-0
  • defeated Peyton Messenger 2-1
  • defeated Eli Benham by 7-2 sudden victory
  • defeated 4-2 by Ryder Ramsey in sudden victory

106 Seth Jones, 6th Place

  • defeated 4-2 in sudden victory by Blake Gonzalez
  • defeated Michael Harjo 5-2
  • defeated 4-2 by Luke Surber
  • defeated 3-0 by Remington White

120 Caleb Phillips, 5th Place

  • pinned Brent Ingram in 0:34
  • defeated 3-2 by Hunter Hall
  • defeated 5-0 in sudden victory by Timothy Trigg
  • pinned Matthew Thompson in 0:46

Division 4

63 Owen Martin, 2nd Place

  • majored Gehrig Furr 9-0
  • defeated Christian Forbes 6-2
  • defeated 5-2 by Cole Brooks 
  • majored Sam Smith 11-0

76 Colton Luker, DNP

  • majored Silas Carney 8-0
  • pinned in 1:21 by Reece Moffett
  • pinned Owen Zellers in 0:44
  • defeated 3-0 by Case Rich

80 Kaden Clark, DNP

  • pinned in 1:24 by Micheal Edwards
  • defeated Cohlson Peper 13-6
  • pinned Sutton Little in 0:55
  • majored 10-0 by Cutter Sheets

84 Cody Spann, DNP

  • defeated 7-0 by Gabriel Fontanez
  • majored Gunnor Yates 12-0
  • defeated 2-0 by Casey Goss

Division 3

52 Jackson Martin, DNP

  • pinned in 1:50 by Christopher Kiser
  • defeated 4-2 by Cavin Pepper

52 Zander Grigsby, 4th Place

  • defeated Iziah Tusler 6-2
  • majored 8-0 by Michael Johnson
  • defeated Cavin Pepper 4-3
  • defeated 6-3 by Christopher Kiser

64 Mitchell Smith, 5th Place

  • pinned Keller Kizarr in 2:48
  • pinned Blade Walden in 2:36
  • defeated 5-0 by Dylan Sie Palmer
  • defeated 5-2 by Kason McGill
  • defeated Louden Wolfe 4-2

110 James Winn, DNP

  • pinned Jared Young in 0:29
  • pinned in 2:03 by Balance Johnson
  • defeated 2-0 by Julian Rash

285 Tyler B Smith, 5th Place

  • pinned in 2:03 by Brezlyn Hightower
  • pinned in 1:21 by JaKobe Sanders
  • pinned in 1:51 by Lane Gourley
  • pinned in 2:32 by Jarrod Whitmore

Division 2

43 Jaxon Grigsby, 3rd Place

  • pinned Paxton Shultz in 0:37
  • pinned in 2:44 by Jesse Justice
  • majored Cooper Jackson 13-0
  • pinned Will Meredith in 0:50
  • defeated 8-2 by Mason Burnham

49 Ayreson Reiss, 6th Place

  • majored 11-1 by Brynton Handshy
  • teched Kannon Henn 15-0
  • majored Evan Colbert 8-0
  • pinned in 0:34 by Cayden Cupps
  • pinned in 3:27 by Brynton Handshy

55 Hunter Spencer, DNP

  • defeated 4-2 by Maddox Jackson
  • defeated 3-2 by Terrel Parker

61 Zane Swafford, 5th Place

  • majored Jase Winchester 10-1
  • majored Bo Ware 17-3
  • defeated 1-0 by Hayze Ivvey
  • defeated 6-1 by Greyson Zellers
  • teched Bo Ware 17-2

61 David Ritchey, DNP

  • pinned Bradley Gallia in 0:30
  • defeated 5-0 by Cache Pierson
  • defeated Jace Simms 5-1
  • defeated 11-8 by Greyson Zellers

70 Dallas Flores, 6th Place

  • teched 18-1 by Gunner Tate
  • defeated 6-0 by Pierce Davis
  • pinned in 1:44 by Clete Gilbert

75 Jaxon Trotter, 3rd Place

  • defeated Wyatt Hiesler 6-5
  • defeated Owen Vaught 1-0
  • pinned in 3:00 by Aiven Robbins
  • defeated Wyatt Hiesler by 5-3 sudden victory
  • majored Owen Vaught 9-1
  • defeated 5-1 by Haydan Yocham

Division 1

52 Kasen McAffrey, 2nd Place

  • defeated Maddox Young 9-5
  • lost 5-0 to Andrew Moro

Novice 4

84 Ryder Barnes, 4th Place

  • pinned Levi Rodgers in 1:49
  • pinned in 0:23 by Gunnor Yates
  • defeated 6-3 by Bryson Rouse

Novice 3

58 Dawsen Briscoe, 2nd Place

  • pinned Preston Proffitt in 1:39
  • pinned Carson Owen in 1:54
  • defeated DJ Peterson 8-5
  • pinned in 2:27 by Carson Orr

61 Blake Stewart, 4th Place

  • pinned in 0:50 by Daniel Hernandez
  • defeated Zoey Freeman 6-1
  • pinned Dayton Aguilar in 2:33
  • pinned in 0:35 by Nick White

85 Evan Williams, DNP

  • defeated 8-2 by Vincent Vandiver 
  • majored 12-0 by Tyler Hockett

Novice 2

49 Bradie Adams, 5th Place

  • defeated 7-0 by Wiley Wilson
  • pinned Matteo Carrasco in 2:27
  • majored Andrew Howard 11-0

majored Brayden Harrison 11-2

  • defeated 7-6 by Aidan Graves
  • defeated Isaiah Carrasco 7-1

52 Kaden Pope, 3rd Place

  • lost 1-0 in tie breaker to Jarrett Patty
  • defeated Joseph Ketcher 6-0
  • defeated Jaden Bixler 7-2
  • majored Xzaivier Buzzard 8-0
  • defeated Brock Copass 2-0

55 Colt Cothran, 3rd Place

  • pinned AJ Oyer in 0:29
  • defeated Luke Shaffer 9-2
  • defeated 4-2 by Camden Whitby
  • defeated Johnathan Blau 4-0
  • defeated Aydin Machado 8-2

58 Landyn Barnes, DNP

  • pinned in 0:46 by Jake Wassom
  • pinned in 0:32 by Aiden Cox

61 Hunter Jewell, DNP

  • pinned Bradley Gallia in 2:37
  • majored 9-1 by Toby Shipman
  • defeated 5-3 by Brody Byers

Novice 1

37 Asher Giddens, 3rd Place

  • pinned Maddox Masters in 0:59
  • pinned William Vaughan in 0:49
  • pinned in 2:30 by Tabor Reiss 
  • defeated Brynlyn Sullivan 7-3
  • defeated Daxen Delaserta 9-7

37 Tabor Reiss, 2nd Place

  • pinned Dalton Perkins in 0:43
  • pinned Asher Giddens in 2:30
  • lost 8-6 to Jon Zerzavy

46 Brody Bates, DNP

  • pinned in 1:55 by Ashlyn Masters
  • pinned Olen Appleton in 1:15
  • majored Paul Howe 14-0
  • majored 10-2 by Kale Shultz

49 Jayden Bussell, 5th Place

  • pinned in 1:40 by Revin Flipps
  • pinned Jakoby Bussell in 1:11
  • pinned Hunter Stanford in 0:19
  • pinned Jordan Weems in 0:25
  • pinned Nathan Griffin in 0:31
  • defeated 7-6 by Jaycob Graves
  • defeated Kale Fruits 5-4