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. 

Blake Sargent, Team Oklahoma place fifth in Greco Roman Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School junior Blake Sargent has spent the last two days in York, Pennsylvania wrestling with Team Oklahoma at the Cadet Dual Nationals, and he's ran up quite the record. The Greco-Roman tournament came to an end Thursday, and the Freestyle bracket will begin Friday morning.

Sargent finished his sophomore year with a 39-12 record and placed third in the State Championship. Since then, he's won the Team Big Freestyle Tournament and came in Runner-Up in the OKUSA Freestyle State Tournament in Cushing. 

Oklahoma was pitted against North Carolina in the first round of pool play and devastated their opponents, giving up only one match for a 73-5 victory, the third-largest win of any team in the tournament. Sargent kicked things off with the first match of the dual and pinned his opponent in the first period. North Carolina Greco State Runner-Up Phifer Ozimek went down in 2:11, setting the tone for the rest of the dual. Team Oklahoma won the next thirteen straight matches with nothing but pins and tech falls.

The next dual wasn't quite as big of a blowout as the first, but it was a clear and dominating victory, nonetheless. The Okies won twelve of seventeen matches over Florida for a final score of 55-25. Sargent put the icing on the cake, pinning Florida Greco State Champion Emauni Smithson in 1:27 for the final match of the dual.

Oklahoma finally met its match in the Pool A finals. Minnesota Storm raced off to a quick advantage with four-straight victories before Oklahoma evened it out with four of their own. The back and forth affair continued right down to the end, but Minnesota got the 39-33 edge. Sargent remained undefeated with a close 12-8 decision over Northern Plains Regional Champion Sebas Swiggum. Minnesota Storm would go on to sweep the entire tournament.

Thursday morning the Oklahoma team began battling in the Gold/Silver Pool against far tougher teams than their earlier opponents. Sargent teched his first opponent, Illinois Greco State Champion Jared Head (not to be confused with the Owasso wrestler of the same name) 11-1, but Illinois won the dual 48-27.

The Okies were in for another defeat in round two as Pennsylvania Blue won nine of seventeen matches for a narrow 44-31 victory. Sargent would lose his first match of the tournament in an 11-1 tech fall to 2015 USAW National Champion Beau Bartlett. 

From there Reece Witcraft filled in at the 126 weight for the duration of the tournament. Sargent finished with an overall record of 4-1. Oklahoma rebounded from the pair of tough losses with a 41-35 victory over New Jersey Red and secured the fifth place spot with a 42-33 win over Washington.

The Freestyle Dual Nationals will begin Friday morning against New Jersey Blue. Last week, in the Schoolboy Dual Nationals, Team Oklahoma placed ninth in Greco and improved to seventh in Freestyle. Sand Springs's Carter Young went undefeated in both styles at that tournament and achieved All-American status.

Cody Karstetter takes 2nd in Wolfpack Open

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page 2015 graduate Cody Karstetter never failed to make waves while he was at Sand Springs, and he has taken that outstanding talent and sportsmanship to North Carolina where he's wrestling for the #16 Tar Heels.

While the 2015 Oklahoma State Runner-Up and Junior National Freestyle Dual Champion has yet to compete in a collegiate dual, he has participated in two tournaments thus far and has placed in each. 

At the Virginia Tech Open, Karstetter won his first collegiate match with a 12-2 major decision over #23 West Virginia's Jonathan Ragsdale. His next match, however, was a 6-4 loss to Thayer Atkins of Duke. 

He rebounded with a 16-0 tech fall of #21 Old Dominion's Steven Simpson, then took down another West Virginian in a 7-6 decision over Devin Brown. His run finally came to an end in the battle for 5th and 6th place as Dominion's Alex Madrigal brought him down 13-6. 

His next tournament went even better, bringing in second place in 125 pounds at the Wolfpack Open. He defeated teammate Cody Karns 6-1, then battled it out 11-5 with Gardner-Webb's Cortez Starkes. To add style to his streak, Karstetter got payback on Thayer Atkins 4-3 to make it to the final round. 

The Championship match-up was against the #10 wrestler in the country at 125, David Terao of American University. Terao took an early lead with a two-point takedown 12 seconds into the first period. Karstetter managed an escape, but went into the second period 4-1 after Terao pulled him down once against with 58 seconds left.

Karstetter had the offensive starting position in period 2 and Terao scored a two-point reversal three seconds in. Karstetter escaped 17 seconds later, but once again it was Terao with the sole takedown of the period. 

Karstetter scored first in the third period with an escape, but was taken down twice more for a resounding 13-4 major decision.

Less than a month into his Freshman season, Karstetter sits at an impressive 6-3 for the season thus far and is 35-12 since his high school career came to an end. Needless to say, Karstetter is more than just carrying on a long family tradition--he's establishing himself as an outstanding sportsman all his own.