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.  

Sandite of the Week: Beau Bratcher

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week, Sandite Pride would like to recognize CPHS junior Beau Bratcher as the Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performance at the Geary Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

Bratcher has had a stellar season thus-far, taking second at the Perry Tournament of Champions and 9th at the prestigious Kansas City Stampede.

He's undefeated in duals, has an overall record of 20-4 for the season, and is currently ranked #4 in 6A by okwrestle.com

In his opening match at this past weekend's tournament, he defeated #5 Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow) by 6-5 decision, but lost 5-1 in round two to Tuttle's 4A State Runner-Up Brik Filippo. 

Moving to the consolation bracket meant Bratcher had to wrestle twice as many opponents as most of his team mates if he wanted to make it to the 2nd place match.

He quickly pinned Piedmont's Fisher Johnson in 42 seconds, then pinned Juan Centeno of Altus in only 36 seconds. Next to fall was Choctaw's #7 ranked Jeff Spear, who lasted 1:22, followed by Hunter Jump of Lawton MacArthur, who fell in 1:45.

In the Consolation Semi-Finals, Bratcher was pitted against Stillwater's #6 ranked State-Qualifier Tyler Dieringer, whom he defeated 5-1. Earlier that same week, Bratcher defeated Dieringer 5-1 in the dual against Stillwater. 

In the third-place match, Bratcher once again had to wrestle Caleb Wise, and once again he won by a single point, edging him out 2-1.

Securing third place, he got to wrestle the loser of the championship match, Shane Brackup of nationally ranked #3 Blair Academy, and defeated him by 10-2 major decision to claim the title of Geary Invitational Runner-Up.

Bratcher's seven-straight wins is the second-longest win streak of any Sandite this season. Only undefeated Daton Fix has managed to win more than 7-straight.

Five Sandites win at Bedlam Battle

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Seventeen Sandites traveled to Stillwater last month to participate in the Junior High Bedlam Battle tournament. Zane Swafford, Jaxon Trotter, Mitchell Smith, Colton Luker, and Dylan Luker each claimed first place in their respective divisions.

Division 1: Ages 6 & Under

Kasen McAfree - 55 - 3rd Place

  • lost to Caden Johnson (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 0:43 pin
  • lost to Jaedan Adams (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 10-1 major decision
  • defeated Wyatt Nisbett (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 1:39 fall
  • defeated Graeden Demario (Creek Elite) by 2:50 fall

Division 2: Ages 8 & Under

Jaxon Grigsby - 46 - 3rd Place

  • defeated Zane Filtz (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 3:33 pin
  • lost to Jaxon Kennedy (Yukon Youth Wrestling Club) by 8-4 decision
  • lost to Maxon Burnham (Catoosa Wrestling) by 11-0 major decision

Zane Swafford - 61 - 1st Place

  • defeated Jackson Vaught (Team NEO) by 0:20 pin
  • defeated Jakoby Petree (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 11-0 major decision
  • defeated Hayden Wright (Yukon Youth Wrestling Club) by 2:38 pin

Jaxon "Scout" Trotter - 83 - 1st Place

  • defeated Jake Nisbett (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 0:36 pin
  • defeated Jake Miller (Oologah Youth Wrestling) by 6-2 decision
  • defeated Joseph Stanley (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 8-3 decision

Division 3: Ages 10 & Under

ackson Martin - 52 - 3rd Place

  • lost to Cavin Peper (Sapulpa Youth Wrestling) by 2:28 pin
  • defeated Ryker Ernce (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 0:35 pin
  • lost to Iziah Tusler (Cushing Wrestling) by 0:51 pin

Zander Grigsby - 55 - 2nd Place

  • defeated Carter Thomas (Yukon Youth Wrestling Club) by 15-0 tech fall
  • defeated Kristopher Taylor (Little Axe Wrestling) by 1:46 pin
  • lost to Javin Douglas (Yukon Youth Wrestling Club) by 3:57 pin

Mitchell Smith - 64 - 1st Place

  • defeated Elijah Green (Catoosa Wrestling) by 0:28 fall
  • defeated Angel Tiscareno (Perry Maroon Wrestling) by 4:18 fall

James Winn - 120-131 - 4th Place

  • lost to JaKobe Sanders (Cowboy Wrestling Club) by 0:33 fall
  • defeated Lyric Wheeler (Owasso Wrestling Club) by 8-2 decision
  • defeated Colt Carr (Sapulpa Youth Wrestling) by 5-2 decision
  • lost to Blake Raglin (Pryor Tigers) by 1:14 fall

Division 4: Ages 12 & Under

Owen Martin - 64 - 2nd Place

  • defeated Blaten Kemble (Wildcat Wrestling) by 4-0 decision
  • defeated Caydon Miller (Sapulpa Youth Wrestling) by 11-2 major decision
  • lost to Christian Forbes (R.A.W.) by 7-5 sudden victory

Colton Luker - 73-76 - 1st Place

  • defeated Danny Green (Catoosa Wrestling) by 2:57 fall
  • defeated Frankie Garcia Jr. (Bluejay Pride Wrestling) by 0:27 fall
  • defeated Landon Gregory (Sapulpa Youth Wrestling) by 2:14 fall
  • defeated Allison Hynes (Broken Arrow Wrestling Club) by 4-2 sudden victory

Sammy Naugle - 80 - 3rd Place

  • lost to Parker LeCoqkeeley (Sapulpa Youth Wrestling) by 18-3 tech fall
  • defeated Ethan Norton (Sand Springs Junior High) by 4-3 decision
  • lost to Ethan Kemble (Wildcat Wrestling) by 12-0 major decision

Ethan Norton - 80 - 4th Place

  • lost to Ethan Kemble (Wildcat Wrestling) by 1:55 fall
  • lost to Sammy Naugle (Sand Springs Junior High) by 4-3 decision
  • lost to Parker LeCoqkeeley (Sapulpa Youth Wrestling) by 17-2 tech fall 

Blake Jones - 92 - 3rd Place

  • defeated Noah Smith (Team NEO) by 15-0 tech fall
  • defeated Adin Hill (Broken Arrow Wrestling Club) by 14-5 major decision
  • lost to Nathan Dekker (Cleveland Takedown Club) by 6-5 decision
  • defeated Noah Smith (Team NEO) by 7-0 decision
  • defeated Dregen Murray (Little Axe Wrestling) by 1:41 fall

Bryce Fisher - 100 - 2nd Place

  • defeated Cameron Jackson (Wildcat Wrestling) by 7-3 decision
  • lost to Cade Manion (Deer Creek) by 3-1 decision
  • defeated Chase White (Team Big) by 19-5 major decision

Chase White - 100 - 4th Place

  • lost to Cade Manion (Deer Creek) by 15-0 tech fall
  • lost to Cameron Jackson (Wildcat Wrestling) by 15-2 major decision
  • lost to Bryce Fisher (Sand Springs Junior High) by 19-5 major decision

Division 5: Ages 15 & Under

Dylan Luker - 76 - 1st Place

  • defeated Dakotah Allen (Cushing Wrestling) by 5-0 decision
  • defeated Dakotah Allen (Cushing Wrestling) by 15-0 tech fall

Seth Jones - 113 - 2nd Place

  • defeated Alec McDoulett (Little Axe Wrestling) by 4-2 decision
  • lost to Alec McDoulett (Little Axe Wrestling) by 6-3 decision
  • lost to Alex McDoulett (Little Axe Wrestling) by 4-2 decision

Sandite Highlight: Jack Karstetter

Sand Springs is no stranger to the national forum when it comes to wrestling. The sport is undeniably the Sandites' best subject in recent memory, and not only are we considered to be part of the "Top Three" in Oklahoma, but our wrestlers are making headlines nation-wide as part of Team Oklahoma. With the scholastic season on hold, many of our wrestlers are competing in Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments across the country as part of "Team BIG," a wrestling club started by Sandite assistant coach Derek Fix. Here's what our boys have been up to since placing third in state last school year.

Jack Karstetter

Jack Karstetter took no time off whatsoever when scholastic wrestling came to a close, quickly adding to his resume and gaining some serious experience. Ending his school season as a state qualifier and regional champion at 113, Jack already had quite a bit of steam behind him as he headed into the summer.

At the OK USA National Team Qualifier, Jack wrestled heavy at 132 in Cadet Freestyle, landing four straight techs and five straight wins to take 1st place over 20 other wrestlers. He defeated 3A state qualifier Dalton Harvey 16-4, Carson Berryhill of Tiger Wrestling 11-0, Ponca  City's Jacob Swenson 12-2, Jake Smith of Threestyle Wrestling 11-0, then wrapped things up with a narrow 9-7 decision over Lawton's Hunter Jump to seal the title.

A week later, Jack competed at the Sand Springs Freestyle/Greco Tournament in the Cadet Freestyle 132 division. He kicked the tournament off with a 12-2 tech fall against Threestyle Wrestling's Ky Allen, followed by a 13-2 tech on Ponca City Wildcat Noah Burdick, and finished the tournament with an 18-8 tech over Hunter Perigo of Threestyle Wrestling, taking 1st place of 6 competitors.

In mid-May Jack traveled to Cushing for the OK USA FS/GR State Tournament and competed in the Cadet Freestyle division at 132lbs. Once again Jack defeated Carson Berryhill by an 11-0 tech fall, then took on Owasso's Seth Osborne, whom he pinned in 2:01. Wildcat Dylan Schickram also proved to be no match, losing in a 13-3 tech, then Jack put the icing on the cake with an 11-0 tech fall over Guthrie's 5A state qualifier, Kurgan Cornwell, and took 1st place of 13 wrestlers.

The end of the month heralded the 2015 Southern Plains Regional Freestyle and Greco tournaments, where Jack competed at 126lbs. In Greco, Jack defeated Minnesota's Alex Kern by 15-4 tech fall, then teched two-time Missouri state qualifier Colin Valdiviez 14-2. Colorado state champion Wyatt Pfau also proved no match for Jack, getting teched 10-0. Finally, Jack defeated Texan David Reyes in a 6-2 decision to secure the 1st place medal over 13 other wrestlers. 

Moving to the Freestyle competition, Jack started things off with a pin against two-time Missouri state placer Nikolas Chavez in 3:59, then teched fellow Okie Broc Bailey 10-0, and Colorado's Jerzie Estrada 10-0 as well. Once again the final matchup was against David Reyes, and once again Jack came out on top, this time in a 9-3 decision, securing Jack's fifth consecutive 1st place medal, this time over 16 other wrestlers. 

As mid-June arrived, Jack returned to the big leagues, representing Team Oklahoma for the third time, moving up from Schoolboy Nationals to Cadet Nationals. In the Greco Duals, Oklahoma started out in the C Pool. Match #1 saw a 60-15 victory over California, despite Jack starting with a 14-4 tech fall to Ruben Gonzalez. It would, however, be Jack's only defeat of the tournament. Oklahoma suffered a narrow 37-36 defeat to Ohio1 in the semifinals, with Jack teching Austin Murphy 10-0. Jack sat out in Oklahoma's round three 68-14 slaughter of Delaware, but aided in their 44-29 victory over Indiana for 3rd place with a 34 second pin over state-qualifier Jonathan Moran. In the 2nd place match against Kansas1, Oklahoma was defeated 46-30, as Jack again sat out at 126, sharing the mat with Lawton's Hunter Jump.
Moving to the Bronze/Copper Pool, Oklahoma handily defeated Michigan1 54-21 with a 10-0 tech fall by Jack over Michigan state champion and 2014 Flo National Runner-Up Cameron Amine. Hunter Jump stepped in for a round 2 defeat of Ohio2 44-32, then Jack returned to hand an 11-0 tech fall to New Jersey's Ray Wetzel as Oklahoma narrowly defeated them 39-36. Oklahoma once again confronted Indiana, but this time the Hoosiers had the upper hand and won the first place spot 39-37, despite Jack's 10-0 tech fall against Jonathan Moran. Oklahoma settled for 2nd in Bronze/Copper, 10th overall.

Oklahoma fared slightly better in the Freestyle competition, with Jack once again losing only one match. OK slaughtered Delaware 70-7 as Jack kicked things off with a 10-0 tech over state-placer Niko Chilson. Ohio1 defeated Oklahoma 51-21 in the semifinal, with Jack narrowly defeating Drew Fairbanks 17-12. Hunter Jump came in for a round to help Oklahoma defeat Kansas2 48-27, then Jack returned for the 3rd place match to register his fastest pin of the tournament in 22 seconds against Jared Clark as Oklahoma narrowly defeated Indiana 41-38. OK advanced to the 2nd place match where they came out on top of a 39-37 contest against Missouri1, and Jack gave a 10-0 tech to state and national placer Taylor Brown to finish things off in the C Pool.
This time Oklahoma advanced to the Gold/Silver pool, where they only managed to win one match. Jack accepted a forfeit in a round one 40-36 defeat by New Jersey1, then let Hunter Jump wrestle in round two's 67-9 slaughter by Illinois. In round three, Jack suffered his first loss of  the tournament in a 15-4 tech by 2014 ASICS National Champion Mason Phillips, as Oklahoma  was defeated 46-33 by Washington. Finally, Oklahoma managed a 45-29 win over Kansas1 in the 7th place match, and Jack finished things off with a 10-0 tech against Joey Hancock.

Jack took a month long break after his travels with team Oklahoma, and then entered in the 2015 USAW Cadet Nationals a little over a week ago. Competing at 120 in Greco, Jack started off with a pin in 1:35 over Pennsylvania's Mark Sallot, then suffered his first loss in an 18-12 decision to Kansas State Runner-Up Conner Ward. Moving to the consolation bracket, Jack registered five straight wins, teching Colorado state-placer Kyle Cisneros 15-4, pinning Minnesota's Jackson Stauffacher in 2:26, and teching Florida state-placer Luis Hernandez 10-0. His next matches were closer, scoring a 9-3 decision over Mel Ortiz of Connecticut, then narrowly beating Missouri state-placer Cameron Valdiviez 20-19, whom he's previously beaten 3 times and has lost 4 matches to, thus tying their series. His streak finally came to an end with a 12-2 tech loss to Alex Thomsen, Iowa State Champion and National Runner-Up. Jack was eliminated from contention in the next round with a 6-4 loss to Pennsylvania's Jack Davis and claimed 8th place out of 83 contenders.

The Cadet Freestyle Nationals began soon after and Jack moved up to 126lbs. He teched New Yorker Richard Gomez 14-3 in round one, then lost 14-7 in round two to 2012 ASICS Folkstyle National Runner-Up Markus Hartman of Illinois. In the consolation bracket, Jack scored a narrow 9-7 decision over Illinois' Kenneth Kerstein, then teched two-time Arizona State-Qualifier Stone Crooks, before finally being eliminated by Illinois State-Qualifier Abdullah Assaf in a 14-2 tech. While he failed to place, he advanced five rounds in a crowded bracket of 103 of the nation's best wrestlers, which is, in itself, something to be proud of.  

So far, Jack has a non-scholastic record of 39-7 for 2015. He's claimed the titles of Sand Springs Freestyle Champion, and Southern Plains Freestyle and Greco Champion, as well as won two other tournaments and competed in National Championships both individually and as part of Team Oklahoma. He's registered 6 pins and 26 tech falls, and will be a Junior at Charles Page this upcoming school year. 

Sandite Highlight: Payton Scott

Sand Springs is no stranger to the national forum when it comes to wrestling. The sport is undeniably the Sandites' best subject in recent memory, and not only are we considered to be part of the "Top Three" in Oklahoma, but our wrestlers are making headlines nation-wide as part of Team Oklahoma. With the scholastic season on hold, many of our wrestlers are competing in Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments across the country as part of "Team BIG," a wrestling club started by Sandite assistant coach Derek Fix. Here's what our boys have been up to since placing third in state last school year.

Payton Scott

Payton kicked off his nonscholastic season in mid-April at the 2015 OK USA National Team Qualifier at Union High School. He made quick work of his opponents, pinning Stillwater's Jace Nicholas in 1:35, then had back to back techs on Broken Arrow's Jarred Due and Lawton's 2015 Southern Plains Champion, Nick Mahan. With only 9 competitors at weight class 160, this secured Payton's position on the Oklahoma Cadet Team.

A month later, Payton traveled to Cushing for the OK USA FS/GR State Tournament, where he again competed in the Cadet FS 160 field against a small group of only 6 other wrestlers. He easily teched Broken Arrow's Zeke Rozell, then pulled a narrow 9-5 decision over 2015 state placer Jaryn Curry of Choctaw, before teching Lawton MacArthur's Christian Maldonado for a first place medal.

In June it was finally time for the Cadet National Duals, where Payton would compete on both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman teams. In Greco, Oklahoma started in the C Pool and went 3-2 against their opponents. Payton proved to be an invaluable member of the team, losing only one match in the whole tournament while wrestling at 152lbs. First Oklahoma defeated California 60-15, aided by Payton's 12-0 Tech of Michael Zaragoza. Then, despite a fantastic 13-0 tech of Joey Baughman, Oklahoma fell 37-36 to Ohio1. In the consolation semifinal Oklahoma made easy work of Delaware, defeating them 68-14, where Payton landed his quickest pin of the tournament in 26 seconds against Jullian Johnson. In the 3rd Place Match, Payton teched state-qualifier Gleason Mappes 10-0 to help aid Oklahoma in a 44-29 rout of Indiana. In the 2nd place match, Payton's streak finally came to an end, suffering a 1:32 pin by state-placer Sammy Cokeley, as Oklahoma was defeated 46-30 by Kansas1.

Moving to the Bronze/Copper pool, Payton only wrestled in two of Oklahoma's four matches. In Round One he teched state-placer Kam Bush 11-0 to help Oklahoma defeat Michigan1 54-21. With Payton sitting out for the next two rounds, Oklahoma went on to defeat Ohio2 44-32 and NewJersey1 39-36. In the 1st place match, Payton returned to the mat and teched Gleason Mappes again, but this time Indiana rallied for an upset to narrowly defeat Oklahoma 39-37. Team Oklahoma had to settle for 2nd place in Bronze/Copper, 10th Place overall.

The Freestyle tournament went slightly better for Team Oklahoma. In the first match they decimated Delaware 70-7 as Payton teched Avery Mayan 12-1. Then they lost to Ohio1 51-21 with Payton moving up temporarily to 160 and losing in a narrow 5-3 decision to David Crawford. In the consolation bracket, Oklahoma defeated Kansas2 48-27 aided by Payton's 11-0 tech of Hayden Koepke. In the 3rd Place Match for Pool C, Oklahoma defeated Indiana 41-38 and Payton teched Gleason Mappes for the third time. Oklahoma won second place over a narrow 39-37 defeated of Missouri1, and Payton teched Scott Parrack 12-1.

This time Oklahoma made it into the Gold/Silver Pool, but suffered three straight defeats to settle for 7th Place. Payton teched Michael O'Malley in a 40-36 defeat by New Jersey. Then he was teched himself by National Champion Trevell Timmons in Oklahoma's devastating 67-9 loss to Illinois. In Round 3, Washington defeated Oklahoma 46-33, but Payton won 11-0 against Malachi Lawrence. To wrap thing up, Oklahoma finally got a win on the board against Kansas1, 45-29, and Payton pulled off his 16th tech of the season against Sammy Cokeley.

Pulling off a 7th Place National Freestyle Dual medal and a 10th Place National Greco Dual medal, so far, Payton has a non-scholastic record for 2015 of 19-3. Payton will be a Sophomore this upcoming year at Charles Page, and in addition to being an outstanding wrestler, he was also a varsity wide-receiver on last year's 6A-II state semi-finalist team.

Sandite Highlight: Michael Ritchey

Sand Springs is no stranger to the national forum when it comes to wrestling. The sport is undeniably the Sandites' best subject in recent memory, and not only are we considered to be part of the "Top Three" in Oklahoma, but our wrestlers are making headlines nation-wide as part of Team Oklahoma. With the scholastic season on hold, many of our wrestlers are competing in Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments across the country as part of "Team BIG," a wrestling club started by Sandite assistant coach Derek Fix. Here's what our boys have been up to since placing third in state last school year.

Michael Ritchey

Ritchey took 2nd place of 3 in Junior Freestyle division 126 at the Sand Springs Freestyle/Greco Tournament back in April, beating Cody Wynn of Wildcat Wrestling by a 10-0 Tech fall, before losing to fellow teammate and state placer Cody Randall in an 11-0 tech fall.

A week later he placed 3rd of 5 in Junior Freestyle division 126 at the Owasso Freestyle and Greco Tournament. He lost to state-placer Mason Naifeh of Team NEO in a 10-0 Tech, then pinned Jeremy Hanger of McAlester Wrestling in 4:10, and handed a 12-2 tech to Hunter Smith of Owasso Threestyle,

At the USAOK Broken Arrow Freestyle/Greco Regional he placed 2nd of 4 in Junior FS 120, defeating Cordney Chairs of Team NEO in a narrow 9-8 decision, before losing again to Mason Naifeh, this time by only 19-18.

At the OK USA FS/GR State Tournament at Cushing, he took 4th place of 7 in Junior Freestyle 120. First he defeated state-placer Paxten Rosen of Owasso in a 14-11 decision before falling to 4A state-runner-up Noah McQuigg from Tiger Wrestling Club in a 12-2 tech fall. Rebounding with a 13-2 tech over Javier Willets of Chickasha, he again had to confront Paxton Rosen, this time getting teched 10-0 and finishing with a 2-2 record.

At the 2015 USAW Junior Men's Freestyle Nationals, Ritchey competed in the 120 weight class, but failed to place. He lost his first match in a 10-0 tech fall to two-time state-placer Aslan Kilic of Georgia. He defeated Jordan Baker of Hawaii 10-0 and accepted a forfeit-due-to-injury from Iowan Jack Wagner, but was eliminated from contention by Georgia State-Champion Todd Small in a 12-5 decision.

For 2015, Ritchey has a non-scholastic record of 17-10.

Not mentioned in this article are his 2nd place of 28 run at the USJOC/US JR Open Championships in January, and his 3rd place of 19 title at the OKWA 37th State Championships in February.


Sandite Summer Wrestling: July updates

     Sorry I've been so quiet the last month! Our wrestlers have been plenty busy in the national forum lately, adding to their already impressive records. Here's a general update with more to come over the next few days.

     Michael Ritchey was just eliminated from the 2015 USAW Junior Men's Freestyle Nationals with a 3-2 record in the 120 pound weight class. He received a bye in the first round, then lost by a 10-0 tech fall to Aslan Kilic of Georgia. Not bad considering Aslan is the god of Narnia and literally a lion. In the consolation bracket, he defeated Jordan Baker of Hawaii in a 10-0 Tech, then received an injury default win over Jack Wagner of Iowa before being defeated in a 12-5 decision by Todd Small of Georgia.

    Jack Karstetter took 8th place at the 2015 USAW Cadet Greco Nationals in class 120. He received a bye in his first round, then pinned Pennsylvanian Mark Sallot in 1:35 before falling to Kansas's Conner Ward in an 18-12 decision. Moving to the consolation bracket, Jack landed 5 straight wins. First he teched Kyle Cisneros of Colorado 15-4, then pinned Jackson Stauffacher of Minnesota in 2:26, and teched Luis Hernandez of Florida 10-0. From there he finally found some competition in Mel Ortiz of Colorado who he defeated 9-3, then barely managed a win against Cameron Valdiviez of Missouri, 20-19. In round 9 he was teched 12-2 by Alex Thomsen of Iowa, and in the 7th place match he was defeated 6-4 by Jack Davis of Pennsylvania. Finishing in 8th place with a 7-3 record against the top wrestlers in the country is never a bad day.

     Jack wasn't done yet, though. As soon as Greco nationals were over, he jumped head first into the 2015 USAW Cadet Men's Freestyle Nationals. Passing the first round with a bye, he then teched Richard Gomez of New York 14-3, before being sent to the losers' bracket by Markus Hartman of Illinois in a 14-7 decision. From there he managed a 9-7 win against Illinois's Kenneth Kerstein , then teched Stone Crooks of Arizona 16-4 before being eliminated by Abdullah Assaf of Illinois in a 14-2 tech fall, finishing with a 4-2 record but failing to place. 

     Daton Fix is currently competing in the 2015 USAW Junior Men's Freestyle Nationals, and is, as usual, undefeated in weight class 120. Fix received a bye in the first round, then teched David Salazar (AZ) 11-0, Brock Hudkins (IN) 12-2, and Zachary Sherman (NJ) 11-0. Next he'll take on Jacob Schwarm of Iowa.

     Cody Karstetter, Jack's older brother, Daton's cousin, and recent graduate, is getting prepared for his first season with North Carolina by kicking butt in the 2015 USAW Junior Men's Nationals as well. In last week's Greco tournament he took 6th place in 126. He tech felled Raphie Rodriguez of Idaho 10-0 and Alfredo Calzadillas of Arizona 10-0 in the first two rounds. I can't imagine wrestling with an Italian pasta sauce, it sounds messy, but he pulled it off. In round three he defeated Missouri's Dakota Miller 10-5, before being teched by North Carolina's Wilson Smith 10-0 in the quarterfinal. Moving to the consolation bracket, he beat Chris Poland (MI) 8-4 and Zachary Van Alst (AL) 14-4 before losing 4-0 in the semi finals to Dalton Young of Washington. In the 5th place match he again had to take on Wilson Smith, this time losing by only 6-0, ending the tournament with a 5-3 record and a 6th place medal. 

    Now Cody is undefeated in the Junior Men's Freestlye Nationals with a 4-0 record in class 126.  He received a bye in round one, then teched Brayden Curry (IA) 10-0, and pinned Dalton Young (WA) in 2:12. Last round he teched Cameron Hunsaker (UT) 10-0 and will next take on Nolan Hellickson of Iowa. 

     Kyler Childers also competed in the 2015 USAW Junior Men's Greco Nationals at 220 and defeated Wyatt Silvis (ID) 5-0, Kegan Watters (OR) 10-0, and Anthony Riopelle (MI) 11-2 before losing back to back to Angelo Hancock (CO) 10-0 and Dallas Goodpaster (WA) 7-2. Kyler did well in the wrestling, but was no match for Dallas in the arts and crafts competition when it came to pasting. 

     In the Freestyle portion of the competition, Kyler teched Henry Gregory of Maryland 10-0, then lost to Jacob Briggs of Minnesota 12-1 and was bumped to the loser's bracket where he teched Max Burris of Indiana 10-0 and won an 11-5 decision over Alex Jacobs of Illinois before being eliminated by Christian Coluccia of New Jersey in a 10-0 tech fall.

     So there you have it! Let me know in the comments if I missed anything, and next time you see one of our boys running down the side of the round in sweats in July, let them know you support them! I'll try and get an end-of-month post up next weekend to keep you up-to-date.