CPHS Wrestling Coach Kelly Smith presented with Pacesetter Award

Charles Page High School Head Wrestling Coach Kelly Smith was recognized by the Sand Springs Board of Education at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening. Smith led the 2016-2017 Sandites to their most successful season in program history.

"We are blessed with superstar teachers," said board-member Mike Mullins. "Kelly Smith is a wonderful wrestling coach. But he's not as good a wrestling coach as he is a teacher. It's a blessing to have you as part of the Sand Springs community and Sand Springs schools. We appreciate not just what you did but what you do."

Last year's Sandites won the State and Dual State Championships with five individual champions in their weight classes. He was recently named the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) Coach of the Year. 

In addition to the Pacesetter Award, Smith also received a Coin of Excellence inscribed with "Think Right, Challenge Minds, Inspire Hearts." 

"We don't give these out very often," said Mullins. "We give these out when somebody goes above and beyond. Kelly does that every day."

Youth Wrestling: Sandites crown eleven champions at Claremore Invitational

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The future of Sandite wrestling is looking as bright as ever as the 2017-2018 youth wrestling season kicks off. A few weeks into the season, the Sandites have had strong showings at each tournament with several first and second place finishes.

The Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club crowned eleven champions at this past weekend's Claremore Youth Invitational and had seven runners-up. 

Champions

Michael Johnson (4-0) took first place in Division Four at 64 pounds. He pinned Jackson Martin in 1:33 and Simon Hartline in 0:22, and scored decisions of 6-0 and 4-0 against Jagen Jones and Iziah Tusler, respectively. 

Bentley Furr (4-0) took first place in Novice Division Two at 64 pounds. He pinned Hayden Smith in 23 seconds, Mateo Baldez in 2:29, and Colton Waldon in 28 seconds before scoring a 9-4 decision against Zavier Campion in the finals.

Chris Kirby (3-0) pinned Veronica Cooper in 22 seconds and Jose Flores in 24 seconds before scoring a 16-1 tech fall over Jonathan Gatz in the Division Five 155-pound finals.

Clayton Giddens (3-0) breezed through Division Four, pinning Joaquin Moralez in 2:48 and Keith Sanders in 3:52 before teching Dylan Abbott 18-3 in the finals.

Jaxon Grigsby (3-0) won Division Three at 58 pounds in dominating fashion. He pinned Owen Kiesel in 1:20 then teched Zane Filtz and Ty Michael Clark 15-0 each. 

Blayton Collins (3-0) took first place in Novice Division Two at 61 pounds with a thirty-second pin of Hunter Belcher and a 12-4 major decision against Maleah Zinn.

Owen Martin (2-0) took first place in Division Five at 84 pounds, pinning Korbyn York in 1:52 and teching Julian Briones 17-2. 

Skyler Wood (2-0) took first place in Novice Division Three at seventy pounds with a 1:57 pin of Edward Jones and a 15-2 major decision against William Laffoon.

Kasen McAffrey (2-0) won Division Two at 70 pounds, pinning Noah Boulware in fifteen seconds and Ethan Starks in 3:29. 

Rollin Fish (2-0) won Division One at 66 pounds, defeating David Tusler 13-9.

Connor Beals (2-0) won Novice Division Three at 76 pounds, pinning Mia Adams in 2:41 and scoring a 14-6 major decision against Bobby Brockman.

Runners-Up

Abraham Flores (2-1) took second place in Division Four at 120 pounds. He pinned Adrian Flores in 0:32 and Cameron Braswell in 0:21 but fell 2-0 to Blake Gilkey of Collinsville.

Carter Wood (2-1) pinned Josiah Moss in seventeen seconds and Caiden Estrada in 24 seconds, but fell 9-0 to Mason OBanion in Division Two at seventy pounds.

Ethan White (1-1) was majored 10-0 by Nathan Dekker in the Division Five 134-pound bracket, but pinned Thomas Moralez in 2:14 for second place.

Zander Grigsby (1-1) pinned Kynndrick Brooks in 3:31 but fell 2-0 to Bryson Humphries in the finals.

Ethan Starks (1-1) competed in Division Two at seventy pounds and teched Noah Boulware 18-3 before falling to teammate Kasen McAffrey.

David Cline (1-1) placed second in Novice Division Three at eighty pounds, edging out Drake Blue 6-5. 

Taytum Parker (1-1) placed second in Novice Division Two at 52 pounds with a pin of Tucker Daniels in 1:19.

Consolation Champions

Mitchell Smith (4-1) took third in Division Four at 84 pounds. He pinned Jim Watkins in 1:50 and defeated Jaxson Humphries 6-2 before falling 6-3 to Blade Walden. In the consolation bracket he pinned Dayton Moison in 44 seconds and repeated against Humphries with a 10-7 decision.

Robert Burke (3-1) took third in Division Three at seventy pounds, pinning Jace Simms in 1:55 and teching Aaron Wyrick 20-5. His lone loss was a close 7-5 decision to Daxton Sullivan. 

Asher Giddens (3-1) competed in Division One at 46 pounds. He defeated Rowden Benavidez twice, once in the first round and once in consolation. He was pinned by Parker Ingram but scored an 11-0 major decision against Kyson Buckner and a 9-0 major decision against Venvidez to win consolation.

Matthew Moore (2-1) competed in Division Three at 64 pounds. He defeated Jack Hooe 5-2 and Jimmy Groden 9-0. 

Sand Springs's Daton Fix wins World Championship in Tampere, Finland

Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate and Oklahoma State University freshman Daton Fix (30-0) traveled to Tampere, Finland this week for the United World Wrestling Junior World Freestyle Championship. The four-time undefeated High School State Champion breezed through the competition to attain his longtime goal of winning a World Championship.

Fix has previously competed in three World Championships. Last summer he took Bronze at Junior Worlds in Macone, France, and in 2015 he took Bronze at Cadet Worlds in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In 2014 he placed tenth in Snina, Slovakia. He also won Silver at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. 

The Sandite sailed through the tournament with unreal ease, outscoring his opponents by a combined score of 53-1, not giving up a single point till the finals.

Building up to the finals, Fix defeated Mediterranean Champion Salah Eddi Kateb of Algeria, defending World Champion Afgan Khashalov of Azerbaijan, fellow World Bronze medalist Gulomjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan, and Asian Bronze Medalist Nader Amir Nasrisamakoush of Iran all without giving up a single point. In the finals he topped Youth Olympic Gold Medalist Ismail Gadzhiev 12-1 to seal the deal.

Fix was joined in the winner's circle by Mark Hall of Penn State and Gable Steveson of the University of Minnesota. Zahid Valencia, Ryan Deakin, and Mitchell McKee came in runner-up and together the six finalists secured the team title for the United States by a one-point margin over Russia.

Weir/Karstetter compete at Greco-Roman National Duals, place 6th

Jack Karstetter competes against a Perry wrestler at the 2nd Annual Ram Duals. (Click to view full gallery).

Jack Karstetter competes against a Perry wrestler at the 2nd Annual Ram Duals. (Click to view full gallery).

Two of Sand Springs’s folkstyle State Champions competed on the Oklahoma Junior Dual Team at the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Nationals. Riley Weir (0-2) and Jack Karstetter (7-7) both won scholastic State Championships this past season for Charles Page High School, helping their team to its first State Title since 1971. Karstetter graduated this year, while Weir will be a junior in the fall.

Click here to view the Sandite Pride special edition wrestling magazine commemorating the 2016-2017 season.

The Greco-Roman style of wrestling differs from high school folkstyle primarily in that it forbids holds below the waist. 

The Junior Duals were held in downtown Tulsa at the Cox Convention Center. Thirty teams from twenty-three states vied to wrestle the title away from Minnesota. The results were a familiar site as Illinois and Minnesota ended up in the finals for the third-straight year. This year it was Illinois’s time to shine with a 41-21 victory. Oklahoma took sixth place for the second-straight year.

The Outlaws got off to a great start, going undefeated in Pool C. They defeated Texas Blue 41-26 with help from Karstetter’s 3-1 decision over Colton Williams. Next to fall was Utah Blue, though neither Sandite won their matches. Weir was defeated 11-0 by Jordan Haskins in the Texas dual and went down in a 26-24 affair with Braydon Mogle in the Utah dual. Karstetter lost his second match 5-2 to Utah State Champion Stockton O’Brien. In the final dual, Oklahoma defeated Nebraska Blue 55-11.

After earning their way into the Gold pool, the competition was far tougher. They lost their first dual 33-29 to Kansas Blue and Karstetter fell by a close 6-6 decision to three-time State Runner-Up Conner Ward. Both the Sandite and his team rebounded with wins against Tennessee. Karstetter won his match 13-0 against Garrett Bowers and the Okies prevailed 52-16.

The next dual was another close one and Minnesota came out on top, 36-33. In the fifth-place dual Karstetter won another tech fall, 10-0 against Hunter Kosco, but Ohio won the dual 33-30.

Karstetter finished with a 3-2 record while Weir went 0-2. 

Oklahoma Dual Team places 7th at Greco-Roman Nationals

Incoming Charles Page High School freshman Carter Young (22-2 FS, 21-1 GR) competed on Team Oklahoma at the 2017 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Cadet National Duals this week in York, Pennsylvania and was only one win shy of attaining All-American status.

While the team as a whole went 4-3 for seventh place in the nation, Young went 6-1 for the second-best record on Team Oklahoma. Young’s six wins were the most of any wrestler on the team, and Reece Witcraft was the only Okie to go undefeated at 4-0. Micah Lugafet (0-1), Gage Hockett (3-1), Talon Borror (4-1), Cabe Dickerson (5-1), and Josh Heindselman (4-1) were the other one-loss members of Team Oklahoma.

Twenty-four states participated in the National Championship with thirty total teams. Minnesota defended their National Championship from last year with a close 40-38 finals victory over Illinois, who placed third last year, but won it in 2015. Oklahoma slipped two spots from their previous performance when they placed fifth in 2016, but still made it to the Gold Pool for the second year in a row.

To qualify for the Cadet Dual Teams, wrestlers must be born in either 2001 or 2002. Selections are then based upon five levels of qualification. Young qualified as an Oklahoma USAW Freestyle State Champion and returning Dual Team member. He was a two-style All-American at the Schoolboy classification after going undefeated in last year’s Dual Nationals.

Oklahoma got off to a great start Thursday, going undefeated in the D Pool. They dominated Virginia 63-18 and Georgia Red 63-19, then topped Michigan Red 42-32 to earn their way to the Gold Pool on Friday.

On day one, Young defeated Georgia two-style State Champion Tucker Kinsaul via 12-0 technical fall, then topped Michigan Freestyle State Champion and U.S. Open Runner-Up Sam Freeman 12-2.

Day two was far tougher, however, as the Okies lost their opening dual 45-28 to Iowa Gold, who would go on to finish fourth. Young suffered his first defeat of the year to Cullan Schriever, an undefeated freshman State Champion from Mason City, who won the USAW National Titles in all three styles last year.

Oklahoma lost their next two duals as well, 41-33 to Ohio, who would place fifth, and 52-24 to Illinois.

Young rebounded from his loss and finished the day with three-straight wins, all by tech fall, and Oklahoma won a rematch with Michigan Red for seventh place.

The Cadet teams will return to action Friday for the Freestyle tournament. The event is being held at Memorial Hall on the York County Fairgrounds.

Illinois has won four-straight National Titles in freestyle and has made the finals every year since 2009. Team Oklahoma placed tenth last year and hasn’t won a Cadet Freestyle Title since 2008 when they defeated Pennsylvania 35-33.

2017 Sand Springs Wrestling Photo Gallery: Best moments from the best team in school history

The 2016-2017 Sand Springs Wrestling season was one for the history books. In fact, Sandite Pride News just published our first-ever commemorative Sand Springs Sports magazine to preserve the monumental accomplishments of our State and Dual State Championship team.

Relive the journey with some of our favorite moments of the season in the following photo gallery, and visit this link to purchase your own copy of our new magazine!

Click here to visit our full photo galleries from this season.

The Sandites started the season with the No. 2 ranking but improved to first after dominating Owasso 62-6 and winning the Perry Tournament of Champions.

The Sandites started the season with the No. 2 ranking but improved to first after dominating Owasso 62-6 and winning the Perry Tournament of Champions.

One of the most exciting matches of the season, Delvin Jordan defeated defending State Champion Zach Marcheselli 4-3 in the Broken Arrow dual.

One of the most exciting matches of the season, Delvin Jordan defeated defending State Champion Zach Marcheselli 4-3 in the Broken Arrow dual.

Zane Basma tied a 48-year-old national record by pinning his Putnam West foe in four seconds.

Zane Basma tied a 48-year-old national record by pinning his Putnam West foe in four seconds.

Beau Bratcher won a 3-0 decision over 2X Kansas State Champion Mason Wallace at the Ram Duals.

Beau Bratcher won a 3-0 decision over 2X Kansas State Champion Mason Wallace at the Ram Duals.

The Sandites claimed the 2nd Annual Ram Duals Championship with a 48-18 victory over 3A No. 1 Perry.

The Sandites claimed the 2nd Annual Ram Duals Championship with a 48-18 victory over 3A No. 1 Perry.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Jasmine Brown, escorted by Derek Davis and Mikey Burns.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Jasmine Brown, escorted by Derek Davis and Mikey Burns.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Anna Andrews, escorted by Delvin Jordan and Cody Mathis.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Anna Andrews, escorted by Delvin Jordan and Cody Mathis.

Gage Fain and Blake Sargent escort Little Princess Sawyer Briscoe, Little Prince Max King, and Little Prince Westyn Avey. 

Gage Fain and Blake Sargent escort Little Princess Sawyer Briscoe, Little Prince Max King, and Little Prince Westyn Avey. 

Delvin Jordan defeated defending State Champion Skyler Haynes 4-3 in the Dual State Finals.

Delvin Jordan defeated defending State Champion Skyler Haynes 4-3 in the Dual State Finals.

Sandite Wrestling fans packed out Firelake Arena for the Dual State Championship.

Sandite Wrestling fans packed out Firelake Arena for the Dual State Championship.

Charles Page High School Principal Stan Trout presents the Sandites with their Dual State Championship trophy.

Charles Page High School Principal Stan Trout presents the Sandites with their Dual State Championship trophy.

Delvin Jordan hoists the 2017 Dual State trophy.

Delvin Jordan hoists the 2017 Dual State trophy.

Regional Runner-Up Tanner Ward qualified for State for the fourth-straight year.

Regional Runner-Up Tanner Ward qualified for State for the fourth-straight year.

Blake Sargent qualified for State for the second-straight year.

Blake Sargent qualified for State for the second-straight year.

3X Regional Champion Jack Karstetter qualified for State for the third-straight year.

3X Regional Champion Jack Karstetter qualified for State for the third-straight year.

Regional Runner-Up Payton Scott qualified for State for the second-straight year.

Regional Runner-Up Payton Scott qualified for State for the second-straight year.

2X Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma qualified for State for the third-straight year.

2X Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma qualified for State for the third-straight year.

That look on Riley Weir's face when he realized there were mere seconds left and he had the lead.

That look on Riley Weir's face when he realized there were mere seconds left and he had the lead.

Coaches Kelly Smith and Derek Fix hug Riley Weir in celebration of his first State Championship.

Coaches Kelly Smith and Derek Fix hug Riley Weir in celebration of his first State Championship.

Daton Fix won his fourth State Championship and finished with an undefeated career.

Daton Fix won his fourth State Championship and finished with an undefeated career.

Daton Fix leaped into his father's arms after winning his fourth State title.

Daton Fix leaped into his father's arms after winning his fourth State title.

Jack Karstetter made the finals as a junior, and won his first State Championship as a senior.

Jack Karstetter made the finals as a junior, and won his first State Championship as a senior.

Assistant coach Derek Fix gets heated while coaching Beau Bratcher.

Assistant coach Derek Fix gets heated while coaching Beau Bratcher.

State Champion Daton Fix joined Head Coach Kelly Smith to coach Payton Scott in the finals.

State Champion Daton Fix joined Head Coach Kelly Smith to coach Payton Scott in the finals.

Payton Scott celebrates his first State Championship with Daton Fix.

Payton Scott celebrates his first State Championship with Daton Fix.

These young fans had signs for each of the Sandite finalists. 

These young fans had signs for each of the Sandite finalists. 

Sand Springs brought home the gold for the first time since 1971.

Sand Springs brought home the gold for the first time since 1971.

Dacee Smith holds a sign bragging on her brother, Daton.

Dacee Smith holds a sign bragging on her brother, Daton.

The 2016-2017 wrestling team brought home the first State Tournament trophy since 1971.

The 2016-2017 wrestling team brought home the first State Tournament trophy since 1971.

The entire varsity wrestling team received recognitions from the Sand Springs Board of Education.

The entire varsity wrestling team received recognitions from the Sand Springs Board of Education.

The five State Champions received Mayoral Proclamations for their accomplishments, and the team as a whole received two for their two team State Titles.

The five State Champions received Mayoral Proclamations for their accomplishments, and the team as a whole received two for their two team State Titles.

The Sandites had their first big test at Broken Arrow and passed with flying colors, defeating the third-ranked Tigers 46-21.

The Sandites had their first big test at Broken Arrow and passed with flying colors, defeating the third-ranked Tigers 46-21.

The Sandites won their district duals by a combined score of 245-0 and set a national record for fastest dual, pinning the entire U.S. Grant team in 14:02. Jack Karstetter tied a 14-year-old national record by pinning his Putnam West foe in four seconds.

The Sandites won their district duals by a combined score of 245-0 and set a national record for fastest dual, pinning the entire U.S. Grant team in 14:02. Jack Karstetter tied a 14-year-old national record by pinning his Putnam West foe in four seconds.

The Sandites steamrolled their way through the Owasso Ram Duals with two shutouts.

The Sandites steamrolled their way through the Owasso Ram Duals with two shutouts.

Michael Ritchey won a 4-0 decision over State Champion Cale Betchan at the Ram Duals.

Michael Ritchey won a 4-0 decision over State Champion Cale Betchan at the Ram Duals.

Homecoming Queen Sarah Noble, escorted by Beau Bratcher and Payton Scott.

Homecoming Queen Sarah Noble, escorted by Beau Bratcher and Payton Scott.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Katie Godown, escorted by Zane Basma and Tanner Ward.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Katie Godown, escorted by Zane Basma and Tanner Ward.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Julia Lewis, escorted by Jack Karstetter and Michael Ritchey.

Homecoming Queen Candidate Julia Lewis, escorted by Jack Karstetter and Michael Ritchey.

Homecoming Queen Sarah Noble with Kissing Captain Daton Fix.

Homecoming Queen Sarah Noble with Kissing Captain Daton Fix.

Head Coach Kelly Smith is presented with the Coach's State Championship plaque by Sand Springs Superintendent Sherry Durkee.

Head Coach Kelly Smith is presented with the Coach's State Championship plaque by Sand Springs Superintendent Sherry Durkee.

The 2017 Sandites brought home the first Dual State Championship in school history.

The 2017 Sandites brought home the first Dual State Championship in school history.

Regional Champion Riley Weir qualified for State for the second-straight year.

Regional Champion Riley Weir qualified for State for the second-straight year.

Regional Runner-Up Michael Ritchey qualified for State for the second-straight year.

Regional Runner-Up Michael Ritchey qualified for State for the second-straight year.

OSU-commit Daton Fix won his fourth-straight Regional Championship.

OSU-commit Daton Fix won his fourth-straight Regional Championship.

Regional Runner-Up Beau Bratcher qualified for State for the fourth-straight year.

Regional Runner-Up Beau Bratcher qualified for State for the fourth-straight year.

Noah Almy qualified for State for the first time.

Noah Almy qualified for State for the first time.

2X Regional Champion Delvin Jordan qualified for State for the third time.

2X Regional Champion Delvin Jordan qualified for State for the third time.

Sand Springs had plenty of fans in the stands.

Sand Springs had plenty of fans in the stands.

Riley Weir won the first State Championship of the night.

Riley Weir won the first State Championship of the night.

Coaches Kelly Smith and Derek Fix celebrate Daton Fix's State Championship win.

Coaches Kelly Smith and Derek Fix celebrate Daton Fix's State Championship win.

Jack Karstetter celebrates his first State Championship win with coaches Dustin Kinard and Jay Fleischman.

Jack Karstetter celebrates his first State Championship win with coaches Dustin Kinard and Jay Fleischman.

It was an emotional night for each of the Sandites.

It was an emotional night for each of the Sandites.

State Champion Beau Bratcher hugs his coach and uncle Kelly Smith.

State Champion Beau Bratcher hugs his coach and uncle Kelly Smith.

Sand Springs alumnus and referee Josh Briscoe eagerly watches Payton Scott's finals match.

Sand Springs alumnus and referee Josh Briscoe eagerly watches Payton Scott's finals match.

Sand Springs Wrestling fans cheer on Payton Scott.

Sand Springs Wrestling fans cheer on Payton Scott.

After the adrenaline subsided, each of the Sandite Champions was overcome with emotion.

After the adrenaline subsided, each of the Sandite Champions was overcome with emotion.

Delvin Jordan defeated Skyler Haynes twice in the regular season, each time by a single point. This time the defending State Champ came out on top.

Delvin Jordan defeated Skyler Haynes twice in the regular season, each time by a single point. This time the defending State Champ came out on top.

The three State Champions from the Class of 2017.

The three State Champions from the Class of 2017.

Head Coach Kelly Smith gives a post-tournament interview, Beau Bratcher tries to get him to mention "The Beau Show."

Head Coach Kelly Smith gives a post-tournament interview, Beau Bratcher tries to get him to mention "The Beau Show."

Sand Springs Athletic Director Rod Sitton presents the State Tournament trophy to CPHS Principal Stan Trout, Head Coach Kelly Smith, and Superintendent Sherry Durkee.

Sand Springs Athletic Director Rod Sitton presents the State Tournament trophy to CPHS Principal Stan Trout, Head Coach Kelly Smith, and Superintendent Sherry Durkee.

The 2016-2017 Sand Springs Wrestling coaching staff.

The 2016-2017 Sand Springs Wrestling coaching staff.

Four Sandite Seniors compete in All-Star showcase, dominate Arkansas State Champs

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Four Charles Page High School seniors haven't slowed down a bit since concluding their high school careers last month at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

Daton Fix, Jack Karstetter, Zane Basma, and Delvin Jordan competed for Team Oklahoma at the Battle of the Bad in Miami, Oklahoma, and won seven of their eight matches.

In the semifinal dual Oklahoma handily defeated Arkansas 57-10 and all four Sandites won their matches. Fix wrestled at 126 pounds and pinned two-time State Champion Michael Crockett in 4:08 for an 18-0 team lead. Karstetter scored a 21-8 major decision against State Champion Chance McCrary at 138 pounds for a 25-0 team lead. Basma wrestled at 160 and pinned three-time State Champion Jimmy Noel for a 31-10 team lead. Jordan competed at heavyweight and scored a 10-1 major decision over two-time State-placer Tim Wooten. 

The Sandites are currently raising funds for State Championship rings to commemorate their perfect season.  Click HERE to donate.

The Sandites are currently raising funds for State Championship rings to commemorate their perfect season. Click HERE to donate.

In the Championship round Kansas took a 10-0 lead against Oklahoma before Fix teched three-time State Qualifier Darion Bailey 22-7. Karstetter cut the deficit to 10-8 with a 9-5 decision over three-time State Qualifier Levi Green. Kansas went on a run from there with four-straight victories including a close 8-4 decision by State Runner-Up Brandon Mlekus over Basma for a 28-8 advantage. Oklahoma won three-straight and the Okies trailed 28-20 with two matches left. Jordan won his match against State Runner-Up Deveron Duncan, but the 6-5 decision wasn't enough to keep Oklahoma in contention. Ultimately it didn't matter, as Kansas won the heavyweight match for a 34-23 victory. 

From there, Fix and Karstetter joined up with Team Border at the Missouri Border Brawl in St. Louis. Fix pinned Northwestern University-signed State Champion Colin Valdiviez in 3:46, but Karstetter fell 20-9 to Army-signed State Champion Taylor Brown.

Fix and Karstetter both won State Championships this past month, while Jordan was a Runner-Up and Basma also qualified for the tournament. Fix is signed to wrestle for Oklahoma State University, while Jordan will play football for Pittsburg State University. 

Sand Springs Sandite Wrestling wins 6A State Championship with 5 Champions

Top-Five Team Scores:

  1. Sand Springs (129.5)
  2. Broken Arrow (124)
  3. Choctaw (110.5)
  4. Edmond North (64)
  5. Stillwater (47)

2017 6A State Champions

106: Riley Weir (Sand Springs sophomore)
113: Canon Randall (Westmoore senior)
120: Paxton Rosen (Edmond North senior)
126: Tanner Cole (Deer Creek senior)
132: Daton Fix (Sand Springs senior)
138: Jack Karstetter (Sand Springs senior)
145: Beau Bratcher (Sand Springs senior) 
152: Payton Scott (Sand Springs junior) 
160: Jaryn Curry (Choctaw junior)
170: Zane Coleman (Choctaw sophomore)
182: Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow sophomore)
195: Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow sophomore)
220: Skyler Haynes (Broken Arrow senior)
285: Trenton Lieurance (Broken Arrow senior)

6A Outstanding Wrestler: Daton Fix (Sand Springs)

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

For the first time since 1971, the Charles Page High School Wrestling team will bring home a team trophy from the OSSAA State Tournament. With five State Champions and seven placers, the Sandites came out on top of a three-way race with No. 2 Choctaw and No. 3 Broken Arrow to clench their second State Championship this month after winning the Dual State title in Shawnee two weeks prior. 

This is the first time in town history that the Sandites have won two team State Championships in a single year. Oklahoma State University-signed senior Daton Fix officially ended his high school career as the first-ever four-time State Champion in Sand Springs history, and he did it without giving up a single loss. This was the first time since 2002 that anyone in Oklahoma went four years undefeated with four titles. This was also the first time another Sandite would bring home the gold with him.

Before this season, the Sandites had crowned 25 State Champions with 36 gold medals total. But no two Sandites have won State in the same year since 1978 when Craig Sanders, Kevin Newport, and Billy Boyd took the podium. Hall Williams, Wayne Sutterfield, and current Assistant Coach Ronnie Luce did so in 1974, and Frank Peck, Rick Warren, and Eddie Sullivan did so in 1971. The Sandites have never had more than three Champions in a single year, but they did place seven finalists in the 71' Championship season.

History was made Saturday evening as five of the six Sandite finalists won their brackets. Fix was joined atop the podium by sophomore Riley Weir, junior Payton Scott, and seniors Jack Karstetter and Beau Bratcher.

Weir (41-6 season, 62-18 career) took on Edmond Memorial freshman Garrett Steidley (30-4) in the 106-pound finals and won the first State Title of the evening. Weir was visibly dissatisfied with his first shot as the two ended up in a tangled mess vying for control. The wrestlers returned to their feet and Steidley took Weir off the mat with an inside trip, but didn't score. Returning to center the Sandite got the angle he was looking for and took the Bulldog down for back points. They started the second period neutral with Weir leading 4-0, and this time it was Steidley with the takedown. They returned to neutral for the third period and stayed there for the duration. The trailing Bulldog was the aggressor, firing off multiple close shots. But every time they hit the mat, Weir found his defense and staved off the takedown, ultimately holding on for the 4-2 decision.

Fix (47-0, 165-0) easily handled Edmond North senior Brandon Bright (36-5) in the 132-pound finals. It was a strange match for Fix. Bright did the unthinkable and actually scored a takedown. He was the first opponent to score against Fix this season. It wouldn't happen again, however. The Sandite took a 7-4 lead into the second period and made it 17-9 by the third, though Bright did put up some solid shots. Fate had its way and the Sandite was within a takedown of a technical fall before snagging the pin at 4:52.

Karstetter (32-1, 105-16) met Stillwater senior Tyler Dieringer (26-5) in the 138-pound finals. The two remained neutral throughout an aggressive first period, with Dieringer fending off several close calls. Karstetter started the second period on bottom and took the lead with an escape, but Dieringer tied it up early in the third. With twenty seconds left, the Sandite scored the winning takedown.

Bratcher (45-7, 136-30) battled former two-time Louisiana State Champion and Stillwater senior Kendon Lee (35-3) in the 145-pound finals. Bratcher and Lee were evenly matched throughout, remaining neutral through the first period. The Sandite scored an escape midway through the second period and added a takedown at the minute mark. He cut Lee loose midway through but was unable to score again. Bratcher started the final stretch on top and was nearly reversed on but managed to hold tough till a "potentially dangerous" call returned him to a more comfortable position. Lee continued to show his explosiveness on the scramble, but Bratcher had a vice grip and held off a reversal attempt as time expired for the 3-1 victory.

Scott (40-3, 61-11) squared off with Enid senior Austin Loza (36-9) in the 152-pound finals. Loza selected the down position after a neutral first period and quickly escaped for the lead, but Scott found a buzzer-beating takedown for the advantage. He started the third period on bottom, immediately broke loose, and stayed on his feet for a 3-1 decision.  . 

Jordan (44-2, 75-14), a Pittsburg State University football-signed senior, took on defending State Champion and Broken Arrow senior Skyler Haynes (12-2) in the 220-pound finals. Jordan wasted no time with his first shot and had the defending State Champ on the ropes before Haynes worked his way out of danger and ended up scoring on the Sandite. He cut Jordan loose soon after and the Sandite was just a second short of a takedown. Instead he entered the second period trailing 2-1 and Haynes elected the defensive position. Jordan cut him loose almost immediately but was unable to find points. He chose to start the third period on bottom and was in danger of a cradle for a while before finding the escape. He was unable to score, however, and Haynes prevailed for his second State title. Jordan may have lost this match, but he bested the Tiger two other times this season and still finished his career as a three-time State Qualifier and State Runner-Up.

Eleven Sandites qualified for the State Tournament. Michael Ritchey (36-12, 65-36), Blake Sargent (37-11, 89-25), Noah Almy (24-20), and Zane Basma (26-5, 88-30) were eliminated without placing. 

Senior Tanner Ward (34-12, 110-24) finished his career as a four-time State-placer, taking fourth place in the 113-pound bracket. He met Mustang sophomore Cameron Picklo in a rematch of the first-round and looked to be in good shape, leading 3-1 in the final minute of the match. Picklo scored a takedown with twenty seconds left, however, and rolled the Sandite onto his shoulder for a pair of nearfall points and a 5-3 decision. 

Sand Springs will be in a bit of a rebuilding year next season after graduating seven of their eleven State Qualifiers, but the Sandite bench is loaded with talented underclassmen waiting their turn. Simply returning two State Champions will be huge, but the Sandites will also have incoming Junior High State Champion Carter Young, Runner-Up Brett Black, and placers Kaden Glass, CJ Kirby, and Seth Jones. 

The future is as bright as ever in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. 

No. 1 CPHS Wrestling splits consolation round, guaranteed seven placers

Senior Tanner Ward won his consolation semifinal match, guaranteeing his spot as a four-time State-placer. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Senior Tanner Ward won his consolation semifinal match, guaranteeing his spot as a four-time State-placer. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Top-Ten Team Scores: 

  1. Sand Springs (107.5)
  2. Broken Arrow (101)
  3. Choctaw (94.5)
  4. Edmond North (54)
  5. Stillwater (47)
  6. Yukon (33)
  7. Mustang (30)
  8. Ponca City (30)
  9. Midwest City (28.5)
  10. Norman North (28)

Consolation Finals:

106: Fowler (Yukon) vs Long (Union)
113: Ward (CPHS) vs Picklo (Mustang)
120: Lupton (Mustang) vs Jones (Bartlesville)
126: Holman (Choctaw) vs Schickram (Ponca)
132: Edwards (Mustang) vs Schickram (Ponca)
138: Simons (EDN) vs Mattioda (BAHS)
145: Gilmore (Yukon) vs Johnson (Westmoore)
152: Walker (MWC) vs Rubio (Ponca)
160: Wise (BAHS) vs Messer (NNHS)
170: McBride (Mustang) vs Hensley (EDM)
182: Carnes (Sapulpa) vs Johnson (Owasso)
195: Jones (Putnam) vs Johnson (Owasso)
220: Lancaster (Putnam) vs Poole (Choctaw)
285: Austin (Choctaw) vs Haff (Owasso)

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No. 1 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team is still in good position to win their first State Championship since 1971 with seven competitors still in contention and guaranteed to place. But they haven't clenched it yet.

With six finalists waiting to wrestle this evening, the Sandites had only two matches in the Saturday morning consolation semifinals. Seniors Michael Ritchey and Tanner Ward split wins, and Ward will wrestle for third place this afternoon around 12:45 p.m. 

Ward (34-11 season, 110-23 career) breezed through Bartlesville sophomore Brayden Strachan (33-9) with a pair of takedowns and a trio of nearfall points for a 7-1 first period lead in the 113-pound consolation semifinals. He started the second period on bottom and reversed in the first twenty seconds. Strachan reversed immediately after, and Ward reversed once again near the end of the period. The Sandite added a takedown to start the third, cut his foe loose, and repeated to try for a technical fall. Strachan got the final score however, and Ward settled for a 15-7 major decision. The four-time State placer will take on Mustang sophomore Cameron Picklo (31-7) in the placement round. 

Ritchey (36-12, 65-36) scored first against Mustang junior Joe Lupton (30-7) and held a 2-0 advantage to start the second period on top. Lupton failed to escape and Ritchey elected to start the third period on top as well. This time the Bronco got the upper hand for a reversal with 50 seconds left and sent the match into overtime, scoring a takedown for the 4-2 sudden victory decision. 

Sand Springs has lots of opportunity to score points, with sophomore Riley Weir (113), senior Daton Fix (132), senior Jack Karstetter (138), senior Beau Bratcher (145), junior Payton Scott (152), and senior Delvin Jordan (220) all wrestling for State titles.

Broken Arrow and Choctaw are still nipping at the heels of the Sandites, however. The third-ranked Tigers also have seven wrestlers in contention, with five finalists and two consolation finalists. The defending State Champions from Choctaw have seven in contention with four finalists and three consolation finalists.

The tournament is being held at Jim Norick Arena in the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Consolation finals are slated to begin at 12:45 p.m., with the Championship matches scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Team and Individual awards presentations will be held at the conclusion of all wrestling. 

Oklahoma Wrestling: Final 2016-2017 6A Individual Rankings

106

  1. Riley Weir (Sand Springs sophomore) Previously #1
  2. Braden Fowler (Yukon senior) Previously #3
  3. Gabe Johnson (Choctaw freshman) Previously #2
  4. TJ Long (Union sophomore) Previously #2 in 113
  5. Garrett Steidley (Edmond Memorial freshman) Previously #4
  6. Jackson Cockrell (Broken Arrow freshman) 
  7. Nate Becker (Edmond North freshman) Previously #8
  8. Austin Hall (Southmoore senior) Previously #9
  9. Corwin Strachan (Bartlesville sophomore) Previously #10
  10. Dalton Raibourn (Edmond Santa Fe junior) Previously unranked
  11. Garrett Johnson (Jenks sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. Ahmad Alserfaei (Putnam City North sophomore) Previously unranked

Riley Weir won the East Regional, pinning Jackson Cockrell and TJ Long. Braden Fowler won the West Regional, defeating Gabe Johnson 1-0 and pinning Garrett Steidley. Johnson was the West Runner-Up and recorded an 18-3 tech fall against Nate Becker. Long cut from 113 and placed second at the East Regional, pinning Austin Hall and defeating Corwin Strachan 11-7. Steidley placed third in the West and majored Becker 9-1. Cockrell placed third in the East, defeating Hall 7-4 and Strachan 2-1. Becker placed fourth in the West and Strachan placed fourth in the East.

113

  1. Canon Randall (Westmoore senior) Previously #2 in 120
  2. Colt Newton (Choctaw sophomore) Previously #1
  3. Brandon Blose (Sapulpa senior) Previously #7 in 106
  4. Tanner Ward (Sand Springs senior) Previously #3
  5. Cameron Picklo (Mustang sophomore) Previously #6
  6. Brayden Strachan (Bartlesville sophomore) 
  7. Karson Bellmard (Ponca City senior) Previously unranked
  8. Studd Morris (Yukon junior) Previously #5 in 106
  9. Will Pham (Deer Creek freshman) Previously #7 
  10. Yves Worou (Norman North senior) Previously #9
  11. Skyler Lancaster (Stillwater sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. Yamasi Redeagle (Edmond Santa Fe freshman) Previously unranked

Canon Randall swept the West Regional, pinning Yamasi Redeagle in 2:24, majoring Cameron Picklo 12-3, and defeating Colt Newton 7-4. Newton came in second, pinning Studd Morris in 3:27. Brandon Blose won the East Regional, defeating Karson Bellmard 9-3, Brayden Strachan 7-5, and Tanner Ward 11-8. Ward placed second, pinning Yves Worou in 3:19. Picklo placed third in the West, pinning Will Pham in 5:28 and defeating Morris 7-3. Strachan placed third in the East, defeating Bellmard 7-5 in sudden victory.

120

  1. Paxton Rosen (Edmond North senior) 
  2. Tyler Lawley (Broken Arrow senior) Previously #3
  3. Michael Ritchey (Sand Springs senior) Previously #4
  4. Joe Lupton (Mustang junior) Previously #8 in 113
  5. Laif Jones (Bartlesville sophomore) Previously #7
  6. Andy Schlaepfer (Choctaw junior) Previously unranked
  7. Noah Hanscom (Yukon) Previously #10 in 113
  8. Kyri Beasley (Muskogee junior) Previously unranked
  9. Chase Slatton (Jenks senior)
  10. Jacob Swenson (Ponca City junior) Previously #8
  11. Dominic Derr (Westmoore sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. David Philpott (Lawton senior) Previously unranked

Paxton Rosen won the West Regional, pinning Dominic Derr and majoring Joe Lupton 11-0. Tyler Lawley won the East Regional, majoring Jacob Swenson 19-6 and defeating Michael Ritchey 2-0 in a tie-breaker. Ritchey placed second and defeated Laif Jones 5-1. Lupton placed second in the West and defeated Andy Schlaepfer 7-2. Jones placed third in the East and defeated Chase Slatton 1-0 and Kyri Beasley 4-2 in sudden victory. Shlaepfer placed third in the West, defeating Noah Hanscom twice. Hanscom placed fourth in the West and Beasley took fourth in the East.

126

  1. Drew Wilson (Midwest City senior)
  2. Connor Holman (Choctaw junior) Previously #3 in 132
  3. Tanner Cole (Deer Creek senior) Previously #4 in 132
  4. Spencer Schickram (Ponca City sophomore) Previously #3
  5. Easton Hudson (Bixby senior) Previously #9 in 132
  6. Blake Sargent (Sand Springs junior) Previously #2
  7. Blake Gonzales (Broken Arrow sophomore Previously #4 
  8. Wyatt Johnson (Owasso senior) Previously #5
  9. Trent Higginbotham (Edmond North junior) Previously #7
  10. Darrius Stewart (Edmond Santa Fe) Previously unranked
  11. Branden Elrod (Jenks freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Wallace Tilley (Yukon) Previously unranked

Drew Wilson won the West Regional, pinning Trent Higginbotham and defeating Connor Holman 2-1. Holman placed Runner-Up, defeating Tanner Cole 9-8. Cole took third and teched Darrius Stewart, Wallace Tilley, and Trent Higginbotham. Spencer Schickram won the East Regional, majoring Blake Gonzales 8-0 and pinning Easton Hudson. Hudson came in second, defeating Blake Sargent 3-1 in sudden victory. Sargent took third, defeating Wyatt Johnson 4-3 and Gonzales 7-3. Gonzales took fourth in the East and Higginbotham placed fourth in the West.

132

  1. Daton Fix (Sand Springs senior) 
  2. Brandon Bright (Edmond North senior) Previously #6 in 126
  3. Sam Avant (Norman North senior) Previously #6
  4. Baylor Smith (Owasso junior) Previously #7 in 138
  5. Dylan Schickram (Ponca City junior)
  6. TaJuan Daniels (Broken Arrow senior) Previously #8
  7. Trey Edwards (Mustang senior) Previously unranked
  8. Josh Suter (Norman senior) Previously #5 in 138
  9. Marquez Edwards (Midwest City senior) Previously unranked
  10. John Ritchey (Stillwater junior) Previously unranked
  11. Brandon Johnson (Westmoore senior) Previously unranked
  12. Tyler Roberts (Edmond Santa Fe senior) Previously unranked

Daton Fix won his fourth East Regional, pinning John Ritchey and Baylor Smith and teching Sam Avant. Brandon Bright won the West, defeating Marquez Edwards 7-2 and Trey Edwards 4-2 in a tie-breaker. Avant placed second in the East, defeating TaJuan Daniels 5-0. Smith finished third, defeating John Ritchey 6-4 and Dylan Schickram twice. Edwards came in second in the West, defeating Josh Suter 8-5. Suter finished third and defeated Edwards 3-1. Edwards placed fourth.

138

  1. Jack Karstetter (Sand Springs senior) Previously #2
  2. Kruz Simons (Edmond North sophomore) Previously #4
  3. Tyler Dieringer (Stillwater senior) 
  4. Dawson Hunt (Ponca City senior) Previously #10
  5. Bryce Mattioda (Broken Arrow freshman) Previously #8
  6. Cain Britton (Putnam City North) Previously unranked
  7. Jon Suter (Norman senior) Previously unranked
  8. Connor Simpson (Edmond Memorial junior) Previously unranked
  9. Jacob Blumenthal (Westmoore senior) Previously #10 in 132
  10. Keanu Quinn (Sapulpa senior) Previously unranked
  11. Parker Wright (Deer Creek sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. Austin Daniels (Jenks junior) Previously unranked

Jack Karstetter won his third East Regional Championship, majoring Dawson Hunt 11-3 and topping Tyler Dieringer 3-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker. Kruz Zimons won the West Regional, majoring Connor Simpson 11-2 and pinning Cain Britton in 2:59. Dieringer placed second in the East and Hunt took third, pinning Bryce Mattioda twice. Mattioda took fourth. Britton was the West Runner-Up, defeating Jon Suter 9-4. Suter took third and defeated Jacob Blumenthal 3-1 and Connor Simpson 5-2. Simpson placed fourth and defeated Blumenthal 5-4 and Wright 6-5. 

145

  1. Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon junior) Previously #1 in 138
  2. Kendon Lee (Stillwater senior) Previously #1
  3. Beau Bratcher (Sand Springs senior) Previously #2
  4. Seth Graves (Edmond Memorial senior) Previously #4 in 138
  5. Brandon Conrad (Owasso senior) Previously #6
  6. Brady Mattioda (Broken Arrow junior) Previously #2 in 152
  7. Zach Johnson (Westmoore sophomore) Previously #9 in 152
  8. Micah Lugafet (Deer Creek freshman) Previously #10
  9. Parker Miller (Norman junior) Previously unranked
  10. Shamar Duncan (Putnam City senior) Previously #7
  11. Tyler Reese (Enid junior) Previously unranked
  12. Kurt Brophy (Norman North sophomore) Previously unranked

Jaxen Gilmore won the West Regional, defeating Seth Graves 3-1 in sudden victory. Kendon Lee won the East, defeating Beau Bratcher 3-1 in sudden victory and Brandon Conrad 6-5. Bratcher placed second in the East, defeating Brady Mattioda 8-1. Graves took second in the West, defeating Zach Johnson 2-1. Conrad took third in the East and defeated Mattioda 10-8. Mattioda came in fourth in the East, Johnson took third in the West, and Micah Lugafet placed fourth in the West.

152

  1. Payton Scott (Sand Springs junior) 
  2. Ezequiel "Zeke" Rubio (Ponca City senior) Previously #6
  3. Robert "RJ" Walker (Midwest City senior) Previously #5
  4. Austin Loza (Enid senior) Previously unranked
  5. Baywiin Hollingshead (Yukon) Previously #3 in 145
  6. Jeff Speer (Choctaw junior) Previously #8
  7. Ryan Swanson (Westmoore junior) Previously #3 in 145
  8. Jacob Swafford (Edmond North Previously #7
  9. Richie Lee (Owasso freshman) Previously unranked
  10. Jerry "JT" Stambeck (Norman North sophomore) Previously unranked
  11. Aedan Cottle (Broken Arrow freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Calvin Smith (Moore senior) Previously unranked

Zeke Rubio topped Payton Scott 7-5 in sudden victory for the East Championship, but Scott still has three pins against Rubio this season, including a 35-second match at Dual State just a week prior. Scott took second and pinned Richie Lee in 0:56. RJ Walker won the West Championship and defeated Jeff Speer 3-1 and Baywiin Hollingshead 6-3. Austin Loza placed third in the East, defeating Richie Lee 9-4. Hollingshead took second in the West and majored Ryan Swanson 9-0. Speer took third in the West and defeated Swanson 2-1. Swanson finished fourth in the West and Lee took fourth in the East.

160

  1. Jaryn Curry (Choctaw junior) 
  2. Chase Vincent (Yukon senior)
  3. Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow junior)
  4. Joseph Messer (Norman North senior) Previously #5
  5. Connor Wilcoxen (Stillwater senior) Previously #4
  6. Cooper Meadows (Mustang senior) 
  7. Noah Almy (Sand Springs sophomore) Previously #9
  8. Nolan Miller (Owasso junior) Previously #7
  9. Grayson White (Ponca City junior) Previously unranked
  10. Williams Depona (Edmond Santa Fe junior) Previously unranked
  11. Ben Parkhurst (Edmond Memorial) Previously unranked
  12. Trey Painter (Westmoore senior) Previously unranked

Jaryn Curry won the West Regional, defeating Chase Vincent 7-5 and Cooper Meadows 14-1. Vincent took second and pinned Williams Depona. Caleb Wise won the East bracket and defeated Joseph Messer 7-3. Messer took second and defeated Connor Wilcoxen 10-3. Wilcoxen placed third and Noah Almy took fourth. Meadows placed third in the West and defeated Depona 9-1. Depona took fourth.

170

  1. Christian Bahl (Stillwater senior) Previously #3
  2. Zane Basma (Sand Springs senior) Previously #1
  3. Zane Coleman (Choctaw sophomore) Previously #2
  4. Gage McBride (Mustang senior) Previously #6
  5. Sam Hensley (Edmond Memorial junior) Previously #7
  6. Joe Speno (Edmond Santa Fe senior) Previously #8
  7. Waylon Heger (Yukon) Previously unranked
  8. Jake McCoy (Edmond North sophomore) Previously unranked
  9. Lane Newlin (Ponca City junior) Previously #10
  10. Darius "DJ" Boone (Union sophomore) Previously unranked
  11. Aaron Lytle (Sapulpa freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Jaylon Pitts (Jenks junior) Previously unranked

Christian Bahl won the East Regional, defeating Zane Basma 3-0. Basma took second and pinned DJ Boone. Zane Coleman won the West, pinning Joe Speno and Gage McBride. Sam Hensley took third in the West, defeating Speno 5-3. Speno placed fourth. Lane Newlin took third in the East and Boone placed fourth.

182

  1. Easton Rendleman (Choctaw junior) Previously #2
  2. Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow sophomore) Previously #3
  3. Dakota Carnes (Sapulpa senior) Previously #6
  4. Justin "JD" Johnson (Owasso junior) Previously #4
  5. Jace Brownlee (Stillwater senior) Previously #1
  6. Shane Flandermeyer (Westmoore junior) Previously #5
  7. Noah Hooks (Edmond North junior)
  8. Jaylen Childs (Putnam City North) Previously #9
  9. Abram Arechiga (Ponca City sophomore) Previously unranked
  10. Raymond Haynes (Southmoore) Previously unranked
  11. George Horn (Yukon) Previously unranked
  12. Pierce Warn (Lawton senior) Previously unranked

Easton Rendleman won the West Regional, defeating Jaylon Childs 3-2 and Shane Flandermeyer 7-2. Gavin Potter won the East Regional, defeating JD Johnson 1-0 and Dakota Carnes 3-1 in sudden victory. Carnes placed second and defeated Jace Brownlee 3-1 in sudden victory. Johnson placed third and defeated Brownlee 6-4 in sudden victory. Brownlee finished fourth. Flandermeyer was the West Runner-Up and pinned Noah Hooks. Hooks took third and defeated Jaylen Childs 9-3. Childs placed fourth.

195

  1. Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow sophomore) 
  2. Blake Minnick (Edmond North sophomore)
  3. Jalen Johnson (Owasso senior) Previously unranked
  4. Bradyn Pressnall (Ponca City senior) Previously unranked
  5. Garrett Jones (Putnam City senior) Previously unranked
  6. Frank Morales (Moore freshman) Previously unranked
  7. Gary Dockery (Choctaw junior) Previously #5
  8. Arin Copas (Mustang senior) Previously #7
  9. Riley Corona (Westmoore senior) 
  10. Aaron Veselak (Stillwater senior) Previously unranked
  11. Jesse Wetherington (Norman North) Previously #3
  12. Jordan Reel (Southmoore) Previously unranked

Zach Marcheselli won the East Regional with a 16-1 tech fall against Jalen Johnson. Blake Minnick won the West Regional, defeating Frank Morales 3-2, and Garrett Jones 5-3. Johnson placed second with a 3-2 defeat of Bradyn Pressnall. Presnnall took third and defeated Aaron Veselak in an ultimate tie breaker. Garrett Jones took second in the West and defeated Gary Dockery 11-8 and Riley Corona 4-2. Morales took third and defeated Dockery 6-3. Dockery placed fourth in the West and Jesse Wetherington placed fourth in the East. 

220

  1. Delvin Jordan (Sand Springs senior) 
  2. Skyler Haynes (Broken Arrow senior)
  3. Mason Lancaster (Putnam City junior)
  4. Caulin Poole (Choctaw junior) Previously #7
  5. Parsa Lessani (Edmond North senior) 
  6. Jonathan Martinez (Westmoore senior) Previously #4
  7. Cody Adams (Bixby senior) Previously #8
  8. Austin Fry (Ponca City senior) Previously #6
  9. Vy Cato (Putnam City North) Previously unranked
  10. Griff Stanley (Deer Creek junior) Previously unranked
  11. Micah Walker (Union freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Keland Bearpaw (Sapulpa junior) Previously unranked

Delvin Jordan won the East Regional, pinning Austin Fry and defeating Skyler Haynes 3-2 in a tie-breaker. Haynes took second and defeated Cody Adams 7-4. Mason Lancaster won the West Regional, pinning Parsa Lessani, and defeating Caulin Poole 4-2. Pool placed second and defeated Jon Martinez 1-0. Lessani took third and Martinez placed fourth. Adams took third in the East and defeated Fry 3-1. Fry placed fourth.

285

  1. Gage Johnson (Norman North senior) Previously #2
  2. Trenton Lieurance (Broken Arrow senior) Previously #3
  3. Ryan Tilbury (Midwest City senior) Previously #6
  4. Zach Austin (Choctaw senior) Previously #4
  5. Elwood Tomlin (Union senior) 
  6. Christian Arriola (Putnam City junior) Previously unranked
  7. Blake Russell (Mustang senior) Previously #8
  8. Oden Watson (Deer Creek senior) Previously unranked
  9. Dami Oyesana (Norman senior) Previously unranked
  10. Connor Haff (Owasso senior) Previously unranked
  11. Brett Bridges (Ponca City) Previously #9
  12. Sam Smith (Stillwater sophomore) Previously unranked

Gage Johnson won the East Regional, defeating Trenton Lieurance 4-2 in a tie-breaker. Lieurance finished second and defeated Elwood Tomlin 3-1. Ryan Tilbury won the West Regional and defeated Zach Austin 2-0 and Christian Arriola 2-1. Austin placed second in the Wets and pinned Dami Oyesana. Tomlin took third in the East and defeated Connor Haff 3-2. Arriola took third in the West and defeated Oden Watson 3-1. Haff placed fourth in the East and Watson placed fourth in the West.

Sandite Pride Tournament Rankings

  1. Sand Springs (98)
  2. Choctaw (70)
  3. Broken Arrow (61)
  4. Edmond North (44)
  5. Yukon (34)
  6. Stillwater (31)
  7. Midwest City (28)
  8. Norman North (25)
  9. Ponca City (22)
  10. Owasso (15)
  11. Westmoore (14)
  12. Sapulpa (14)
  13. Mustang (8)
  14. Deer Creek (7)
  15. Moore (7)
  16. Edmond Memorial (4)
  17. Enid (4)
  18. Union (4)

Sand Springs wrestling wins Regional Championship, qualifies eleven for State Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Scores: 

  1. Sand Springs (268)
  2. Broken Arrow (241.5)
  3. Ponca City (186)
  4. Stillwater (157)
  5. Owasso (126)
  6. Norman North (186)
  7. Sapulpa (86.5)
  8. Jenks (83)
  9. Union (79)
  10. Bixby (53.5)
  11. Bartlesville (53)
  12. Enid (37.5)
  13. Southmoore (37)
  14. Muskogee (31.5)
  15. Booker T. Washington (4)
  16. Capitol Hill (3)

Regional Champions

106 Riley Weir (Sand Springs)
113 Brandon Blose (Sapulpa)
120 Tyler Lawley (Broken Arrow)
126 Spencer Schickram (Ponca City)
132 Daton Fix (Sand Springs)
138 Jack Karstetter (Sand Springs)
145 Kendon Lee (Stillwater)
152 Zeke Rubio (Ponca City)
160 Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow)
170 Christian Bahl (Stillwater)
182 Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
195 Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
220 Delvin Jordan (Sand Springs)
285 Gage Johnson (Norman North)

The top-ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team won their second-straight 6A-East Regional Championship Saturday evening at the Ed Dubie Field House, qualifying eleven wrestlers for State. This is their third tournament win this season.

The Sandites had a great start to the Regional Friday, sending nine wrestlers to the finals—one more than the previous year. They had a rough time Saturday, however, losing several toss-up matches and crowning only four champions compared to the seven they had last year. Last year they sent only eight wrestlers to State and took third place as a team, so with eleven qualifiers this year they’re in good shape to make a run at their first State Championship since 1971.

The OSSAA State Tournament will held next weekend at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The first rounds will be wrestled Friday at 10:30 a.m., followed by the semifinals and first round of consolations at 5:00 p.m. The consolation semifinals will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m., followed by consolation finals at 12:45 p.m. and finals at 5:45 p.m.

Sophomore Riley Weir (38-6 season, 59-18 career) qualified for State for the second-straight year, winning his bracket at Regionals with four-straight pins. He recorded the fastest pin of his career against Capitol Hill’s Chrisma Collins in only twelve seconds, the pinned Stillwater’s Henry Warren and Broken Arrow’s Jackson Cockrell. In the finals he was pitted against Union sophomore TJ Long. Long was briefly featured in FloWrestling’s top-twenty national rankings earlier this season after winning the Geary Invitational, but the Sandite had little difficulty in securing his nineteenth pin of the season in 4:33. Weir placed third at last year’s Regional but didn’t place at State.

Oklahoma State University-signed senior Daton Fix (44-0, 162-0) had zero difficulty in securing his fourth-straight Regional Championship. He continued his undefeated career with two falls and two technical falls. He pinned Stillwater’s John Ritchey in 2:14 then worked up a 22-7 tech fall against Southmoore’s Joe Reynolds in 2:38. In the semifinals he pinned Owasso’s two-time State Qualifier Baylor Smith in 3:46, then scored another 22-7 tech fall against two-time State Qualifier Sam Avant of Norman North in 3:53. Fix is aiming to be the first four-time State Champion in Sand Springs history.

Senior Jack Karstetter (29-1, 102-16) won his third-straight Regional Championship, qualifying for State for the third time. He pinned Norman North Conner Mares-Ballard in the quarterfinal, then served up an 11-3 major decision against Ponca City senior Dawson Hunt. In the finals he was pitted against three-time State Qualifier Tyler Dieringer of Stillwater. The two were equally matched throughout and neither was able to score a takedown. After neither took a lead through the sudden victory round or the tie breaker period, Karstetter won with an escape in the first ultimate tie-breaker period. He failed to place at State as a sophomore, but came in Runner-Up last year.

Senior Delvin Jordan (42-2, 73-14) won his second-straight Regional Championship, qualifying for State for the third time. He breezed through his first three foes, pinning Booker T. Washington’s Cameron Douglass in 1:22, Enid’s Brock Anderson in 0:42, and Ponca City’s Austin Fry in 2:34. In the finals he took on defending State Champion Skyler Haynes, of Broken Arrow, and prevailed 3-2 in tie-breaker overtime. He was a Regional Runner-Up as a freshman, but didn’t place at State. He missed most of his sophomore year with an injury. Last year he won the Regional Championship by pinning the defending State Champion from Bixby, but was unable to compete at State.

Senior Tanner Ward (32-10, 108-22) qualified for State for the fourth-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Jenks’s Jared Miller in 1:52 in the quarterfinals and Norman North’s Yves Worou in the semis before falling 11-8 to three-time State Qualifier Brandon Blose, of Sapulpa. A transfer from Berryhill, Ward placed third at 3A State as a freshman and was a State Runner-Up the past two years.

Senior Michael Ritchey (35-10, 64-34) qualified for State for the second-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Bixby’s Ainslie Lane and Enid’s Hunter McGee in the first two rounds, then prevailed 5-1 over Laif Jones of Bartlesville in the semifinals. In the final round he was pitted against Broken Arrow two-time State Qualifier Tyler Lawley in a rematch of their Dual State bout. The two were perfectly matched throughout and finished the third period without a single point scored. They went through the sudden victory round still neutral, but Lawley got the upper hand in the first tie-breaker period and prevailed by 2-0 decision. Ritchey won Regionals last year but didn’t place at State.

Senior Beau Bratcher (43-6, 134-29) qualified for State for the fourth-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Bartlesville senior Jeremy Wingate in 0:33 and Sapulpa sophomore Colton Konell in 1:32, then topped Broken Arrow freshman Brady Mattioda 8-1. In the finals he was pitted against three-time State Qualifier and former Louisiana State Champion Kendon Lee of Stillwater. Neither scored a takedown in regulation, but Lee got the upper hand in sudden victory overtime and prevailed 3-1. Bratcher placed third at Regionals as a freshman and took first place the past two years. He failed to place at State the first two years, but was last year’s Runner-Up.

Junior Payton Scott (38-2, 59-10) qualified for State for the second-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He pinned Stillwater’s Parker Nicholas in 0:33, Jenks’s Colt Freeman in 0:55, and Owasso’s Richie Lee in 0:56. In the finals he was pitted against Ezequiel Rubio of Ponca City, but was upset 7-5 in sudden victory overtime. Scott won Regionals as a sophomore and placed fourth at State.

Senior Zane Basma (26-3, 88-28) qualified for State for the third-straight year, coming in Runner-Up at Regionals. He made quick work of his first three opponents, pinning Bixby’s Christian Shubert in 0:49, Owasso’s Brandon Dugan in 1:38, and Union’s Darius Boone in 1:51. In the finals he took on defending State Champion Christian Bahl, of Stillwater. The Pioneer got the upper hand with a 3-0 decision. Basma also placed second at last year’s Regional and placed third at State.

Junior Blake Sargent (37-9, 89-23) qualified for State for the second-straight year, placing third at Regionals. He won his first two matches by fall, pinning Enid’s Logan Herell in 1:23 and Booker T. Washington’s Elijah Harrigan in 1:19, before falling 3-1 in sudden victory overtime to Bixby’s two-time State Qualifier Easton Hudson. In the consolations he defeated Owasso senior Wyatt Johnson by 4-3 decision, then topped Broken Arrow sophomore Blake Gonzalez 7-3. Last year he won his bracket at Regionals and placed third at State.

Sophomore Noah Almy (24-18) qualified for State for the first time, placing fourth at Regionals. He won his first two matches by fall, pinning Bixby’s Owen DeWoody in 0:38 and Bartlesville’s Austin Manley in 2:40. In the quarterfinals he was forced to forfeit to Broken Arrow’s Caleb Wise with a minor injury, but he came back on day two and topped Owasso junior Nolan Miller 12-10 in sudden victory overtime to make the consolation finals. Already guaranteed a spot at State, he forfeited his final match against Stillwater’s Connor Wilcoxen to avoid aggravating his injury.

Sophomore Luke Bratcher (5-4) won his first match by fall, taking down Jenks’s Naimul Islam in 1:49, but suffered a concussion against Broken Arrow’s Gavin Potter and forfeited his remaining match.

Junior Kris Edwards (5-6) fell to Muskogee’s Jacob Wood in 3:57 in his first round match, but rebounded with a pin of Southmoore’s Jose Ruiz in 1:50. He lost his third match in a close 4-3 decision to Sam Smith of Stillwater.

Junior Gage Fain (26-15, 39-37) went the distance in both of his matches, falling 8-6 to Southmoore’s Jordan Reel in sudden victory overtime, and 4-3 to Stillwater’s Aaron Veselak in the tie-breaker period.

Sand Springs Elementary Wrestling wins State Championship with 20 finalists

Blake Jones came in State Runner-Up at the OKUSA State Championship this past weekend. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Blake Jones came in State Runner-Up at the OKUSA State Championship this past weekend. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Top-ten Team scores:

  1. Sand Springs (377)
  2. Stillwater (322)
  3. Mutang (320)
  4. Edmond (306) 
  5. Catoosa (302)
  6. Moore (232)
  7. Sperry (199)
  8. Marlow (149)
  9. Collinsville (129)
  10. Southmoore (122)

While the Charles Page High School wrestling team was winning their first Dual State Wrestling Championship in Shawnee this past weekend, the Sand Springs Team Big wrestling program was winning the Oklahoma USA Youth Wrestling League State Championship an hour down the road in Norman. 48 Sandite elementary wrestlers competed at the event, twenty made the finals, and eleven walked away as State Champions. Needless to say, the future of Sand Springs wrestling is as bright as ever.

Youth wrestling is not split up by school size, but has five age divisions and two classifications. Division One is for ages six and under, Division Two is ages eight and under, Division Three is ages ten and under, Division Four is ages twelve and under, and Division Five is ages fifteen and under. Inexperienced wrestlers compete at the Novice level until they win a certain number of medals for their age division, then they move up to the Open classification. 

Balance Johnson (10-0) competed in Division Three Open at 110 pounds and took first place with three pins. He topped Aidan Hays (Broken Arrow) in 2:04, Logan Richard (Mustang) in 2:03, and Treg Bowman (Stillwater) in 2:55.

Rhett Peak (22-9) competed in Division Four Open at 76 pounds and took first place. He received a medical forfeit from Will Simms (Bellator), then pinned Jaxon Klaassen (Weatherford) in 0:44. In the finals he topped Josey Jernegan (Sperry) 7-2 in sudden victory overtime. 

Bentley Cole (13-2) competed in Division One Open at 37 pounds and took first place. He majored Gabriel Sharp (Broken Arrow) 12-1 in the semifinals, then edged out teammate Tabor Reiss 9-8 in the finals.

Jayden Bussell (16-3) competed in Division One Open at 55 pounds and took first place. He defeated Elijah Davis (Moore) 7-0 in the semifinals and came out on top of a 6-4 sudden victory decision against Cash Province (Edmond).

Will Meredith (24-5) competed in Division Two Open at 43 pounds and took first place. He defeated Ty Walter (Bixby) 9-3 in the semifinal, then pinned Landon Woodard (Sperry) in 2:37. 

Clayton Giddens (39-2) competed in Division Four Open at 64 pounds and took first place. He teched Caydon Miller (Sapulpa) 16-0, then majored Lawson Knox (Marlow) 8-0.

Owen Martin (26-3) competed in Division Four Open at 67 pounds and took first place with less than a minute on the mat. He pinned Blake Hawthorne (Bethany) in 0:30 and Andrew Havens (Sperry) in 0:22.

Ethan White (10-16) competed in Division Four Open at 120 pounds and took first place. He teched Gatlin Wilson (Stillwater) 16-1, then topped Corey Chilcoat (Catoosa) 4-2 in sudden victory. 

Blake Jones (23-7) competed in Division Five Open at 100 pounds and took second place. He pinned Justus Pribyl (Little Axe) in 2:18, then topped Parker Brown (Tuttle) 5-2 in the quarterfinal. In the semis he was defeated 4-2 by Levi Buckridge (Bethany), but he snapped back with a 5-2 decision over Dregen Murray (Little Axe) and pinned Manny Rogers (Del City) in 3:29 to win the consolations. In the second-place challenge match he majored Reese Davis (Tuttle) 11-3. 

Asher Giddens (16-9) competed in Division One Open at 43 pounds and took second place. He won his quarterfinal match against Daniel Porter (Sperry) 15-9, but fell in 0:21 to Gannon Wilson (Catoosa) in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket he topped Jon Zerzavy (Cache) 9-7, then won the consolation finals 12-9 over Porter. In the second-place challenge match he defeated Tristyn Ulloa (Lawton) 5-2.

Grady Mittasch (41-10) competed in Division Three Open at 67 pounds and took second place. He pinned Cason Rumley (Tuttle) in 0:27 in the quarterfinal, but was edged out 11-10 by Blade Walden (Muskogee). In the consolations he majored Thomas Webb (Davis) 12-0 and topped Logan Hargrove (Catoosa) 6-0. He challenged Keller Kizarr (Marlow) for second place and prevailed 6-0.

Michael Johnson (3-1) competed in Division Three Open at 58 pounds and took second place. He pinned teammate Zander Grigsby in 2:59 and Kylor Edwards (Moore) in 2:45 before being edged out 2-1 by Ashton Davis (Muskogee) in the finals. In the challenge match he went into overtime with Javin Douglas (Bethany), but got the takedown for a 2-0 sudden victory decision. 

Tabor Reiss (17-3) competed in Division One Open at 37 pounds and took second place. He pinned Ivy Mullin (Stillwell) in 0:18 in the semifinal, but fell 9-8 to teammate Bentley Cole in the finals. In the second-place challenge match he majored Gabriel Sharp (Broken Arrow) 14-1.

Jaxon Grigsby (27-6) competed in Division Two Open at 49 pounds and took second place. He pinned Axton Vanbrunt (Westmoore) in 3:19, then topped Revin Fipps (Stillwater) 7-5 in sudden victory overtime before falling to Mason Burnham in 2:27 in the finals.

Promised Johnson (4-3) competed in Division Two Open at 64 pounds and took second place. He rolled over Max Harland (Berryhill) with a 17-1 technical fall, then topped Juan Ybarra (Altus) 4-0 before falling 5-1 to Daxton Sullivan (Bristow) in the finals.

Christian Forbes (14-9) competed in Division Five Open at 76 pounds and took second place. He pinned Riddick Nash (Del City) in 1:23, then topped Kaden Smith (Mustang) 5-0 before falling 10-0 to Guy Clevenger (Catoosa) in the finals. 

Dariuz Black (26-14) competed in Division Three Open at 73 pounds and took third place. He narrowly topped Maddax Mobly (Sulphur) 2-1 in the quarterfinals, but fell 3-1 to Hudson Sheppard (Cushing) in the semis. In the consolation bracket he topped Kaden Wallace (Moore) 2-0 and Charles Shafer (Cache) 5-4.

Hunter Spencer (25-11) competed in Division Two Open at 61 pounds and took third place. He pinned Silas Keeling (Weatherford) in 0:29 and Levi Dickison (Edmond) in 0:41, then topped Caden Johnson (Stillwater) with a 4-2 decision before falling 9-0 to Jaedan Adams (Stillwater) in the finals. In the second-place challenge match he was topped 4-2 by Gunner Murray (Claremore). 

Riley Magee (7-4) competed in Division Five Open at 190 pounds and took fourth place. He pinned Nathan Wahl (Blanchard) in 1:15 before falling 4-2 to Keegan Demario (Del City) in the quarterfinal. In the consolations he pinned Chubba Davis (Harrah) in 1:31, Kevin Davis (Muskogee) in 1:57, and Asher Havens (Sperry) in 2:54. In the finals he was defeated 4-1 in a rematch with Demario. 

Robert Burke (22-8) competed in Division Three Open at 64 pounds and took fourth place. He dominated James Shelton (Sperry) 15-0, then topped Devon Miller (Stillwater) 2-0 in the quarterfinal before falling 5-2 to Bryson Humphries (Catoosa). In the consolations he topped Dylan Abbott (Sperry) 4-2 in sudden victory overtime, but fell 3-2 to Miller in an overtime rematch for third place. 

Jaxon Trotter (26-24) competed in Division Three Open at 80 pounds and took fifth place. He majored Ethan Finch (Del City) 10-2 before falling 7-2 to Tyler McCall (Catoosa) in the quarterfinal. In the consolations he pinned Coalten Kennedy (Sulphur) in 2:32 and topped Christian Morales (Highlander) 6-0 before falling 10-1 to Hayden Yocham (Bristow) in the semis. In his placement match he prevailed 13-3 over Ethan Finch (Del City).

Carter Wood (13-9) competed in Division Two Open at 67 pounds and took fifth place. He defeated Jakiyas Peterson (Westmoore) in the quarterfinals, but fell 10-5 to Rebel Doiron (Tironook) in the semis. In the consolation bracket he was defeated 6-1 by Brady Larson (Del City), but he majored Peterson 11-1 in the placement match.

Matthew Moore (24-6) competed in Division Three Novice at 58 pounds and took first place. He defeated Miguel Hope (Muskogee) 4-0, pinned Dirk Johnson (Tecumseh) in 0:25, and majored Carson Owen (Ardmore) 8-0.

Ryder Barnes (10-5) competed in Division Four Novice at 105 pounds and took first place. He defeated Skyler Bean (Mustang) 7-0, Eathin Kennedy (Sulphur) 9-4, and Mort Barber (Harrah) 11-3.

Ryker Collins (7-5) competed in Division Four Novice at 160 pounds and took first place. He pinned Lane Gourley (Little Axe) in 1:14 and Owen Pazzo (J4) in 2:57, then topped Gavin Selanders (Guthrie) 6-2.

Jesse Moore (15-10) competed in Division Three Novice at 76 pounds and took second place. He defeated Kasen Harris (Comanche) 5-1 and pinned Wyatt Heuer (Harrah) in 0:37 before falling 7-5 in sudden victory overtime to Clay McKiddy (Cushing). 

Tanner Copeland (14-2) competed in Division Two Novice at 61 pounds and took third place. He was pinned in 1:12 by Hagen Sims (Davis) in the opening round, but rebounded with four-straight victories to win the consolation bracket. He defeated Creed Rogers (Davis) 6-0, then pinned Braylon Mullins (Southmoore) in 2:29, Andrew Kunkle (Catoosa) in 1:30, and Gage Goodwin (Tuttle) in 1:14. 

Samuel Moore (28-12) competed in Division One Novice at 49 pounds and took fourth place. He pinned Jordan Carey (Broken Arrow) in 0:19 and Ryker Williams (Sperry) in 0:23 before falling 5-3 to Jack Austin (Marlow) in sudden victory overtime. In the consolation bracket he majored Corbin Alexander (Broken Arrow) 15-6 but fell 5-3 to Tucker Alberty (Sapulpa) in the placement round.

Landyn Barnes (11-6) lost his opening match 4-1 to Aiden Cox (Southmoore), but majored John McDougal (Bristow) and pinned Aiden Terhune (Southmoore) in 0:21. In the consolation semifinals he got payback against Cox with a fall at 1:56, but was in-turn pinned in 0:46 by Chance Fisher (Tuttle) in the placement match.

Skyler Wood (18-4) competed in Division Two Novice at 64 pounds and took fifth place. He fell 8-0 to Dimitri Kizer (Del City) in the opening round, then pinned Louden McDoulett (Little Axe) in the consolations. In the semifinals he fell 8-5 to Peyton Heuer (Harrah), but he won his placement match with a 13-3 major decision over Ryder Trepton (Ponca City).

The State Tournament concludes the Youth Wrestling season, and it has been a good one for Sand Springs. Team Big crowned nine champions at the Cushing Halloween Takedown, eleven at the Claremore Youth Invitational, six at the Cleveland Novice Tournament, three at the Catoosa Tournament, seven at the Joe Zamora Open, four at the Team Neo Tournament, sixteen at the Sapulpa Tournament, two at the Battle for the Belt, eight at the Sperry Open, one at the Sand Springs Junior High Tournament, eight at the Owasso Tournament, twenty at the Sand Springs Team Big Tournament, three at the Collinsville Christimas Classic, eight at the Gage Underwood Memorial, one at the United State Junior Open Championship, nine at the Berryhill Tournament, twelve at the Blubuagh-Wilson Battle for Gold, eleven at the Bedlam Battle, and one at Junior High All-State.

As a team, the Sandites won the Sand Springs Junior High Tournament and the YWL State Tournament, and placed second at the Battle for Gold and the Bedlam Battle. They also came in third at the Inola Wrestling Tournament, fourth at the Sperry Open, and sixth at Junior High All State. 

Oklahoma Wrestling: Week Twelve Individual and Team Rankings

One of the biggest matches of the week; No. 1 Delvin Jordan defeated returning State Champion Skyler Haynes 4-3. (Photo: Scott Emigh)

One of the biggest matches of the week; No. 1 Delvin Jordan defeated returning State Champion Skyler Haynes 4-3. (Photo: Scott Emigh)

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

For the first time since the creation of the Dual State Championship, Sand Springs walked away with the title after handling Broken Arrow 36-28 to remain the only undefeated team in Class 6A. Broken Arrow upset No. 2 Choctaw in the semifinals, and Ponca City upset No. 4 Edmond North in the quarterfinals. The Regional Championships will be this weekend, however, and the State Championship is still very much up in the air. 

SEE RELATED: Sand Springs Sandites win first-ever Dual State Championship over Broken Arrow

106

  1. Riley Weir (Sand Springs sophomore)
  2. Gabe Johnson (Choctaw freshman)
  3. Braden Fowler (Yukon senior)
  4. Garrett Steidley (Edmond Memorial freshman)
  5. Studd Morris (Yukon) Previously unranked
  6. Jackson Cockrell (Broken Arrow freshman) Previously #5
  7. Brandon Blose (Sapulpa senior) Previously #6
  8. Nate Becker (Edmond North freshman) Previously #7
  9. Austin Hall (Southmoore senior) Previously #8
  10. Corwin Strachan (Bartlesville sophomore) Previously #9

Studd Morris made his ranked debut with a 12-4 major decision over Jackson Cockrell at Dual State. Riley Weir also defeated Cockrell 11-4 and Gabe Johnson pinned him in 2:48. 

113

  1. Colt Newton (Choctaw sophomore) 
  2. TJ Long (Union sophomore)
  3. Tanner Ward (Sand Springs senior)
  4. Johnathan Warford (Sapulpa junior)
  5. Andrew Police (Broken Arrow freshman) 
  6. Brayden Strachan (Bartlesville sophomore)
  7. Will Pham (Deer Creek freshman)
  8. Joe Lupton (Mustang junior)
  9. Yves Worou (Norman North)
  10. Noah Hanscom (Yukon) 

Colt Newton pinned Andrew Police at Dual State and Tanner Ward teched him. Police defeated Brayden Fowler 8-4 .

120

  1. Paxton Rosen (Edmond North senior)
  2. Canon Randall (Westmoore senior)
  3. Tyler Lawley (Broken Arrow senior)
  4. Michael Ritchey (Sand Springs senior)
  5. Caron Watson (Union junior)
  6. Cameron Picklo (Mustang sophomore)
  7. Laif Jones (Bartlesville sophomore) 
  8. Jacob Swenson (Ponca City junior) 
  9. Chase Slatton (Jenks senior) 
  10. Cameron Clark (Sapulpa senior)

126

  1. Drew Wilson (Midwest City senior)
  2. Blake Sargent (Sand Springs junior) Previously #3
  3. Spencer Schickram (Ponca City sophomore) Previously #2
  4. Blake Gonzalez (Broken Arrow)
  5. Wyatt Johnson (Owasso senior)
  6. Brandon Bright (Edmond North senior)
  7. Trent Higginbotham (Edmond North junior)
  8. Alaisa Rubio (U.S. Grant)
  9. Logan Herrell (Enid sophomore)
  10. DaQuan Carbajal (Moore junior)

Blake Sargent topped Spencer Schickram 8-6 at Dual State and Schickram pinned Paxton Rosen in 3:34. Brandon Bright defeated Dylan Schickram 3-2.

132

  1. Daton Fix (Sand Springs senior) 
  2. Drake Vannoy (Edmond North freshman)
  3. Connor Holman (Choctaw junior)
  4. Tanner Cole (Deer Creek senior)
  5. Dylan Schickram (Ponca City junior)
  6. Sam Avant (Norman North senior)
  7. Baylor Smith (Owasso junior)
  8. TaJuan Daniels (Broken Arrow senior)
  9. Easton Hudson (Bixby senior)
  10. Jacob Blumenthal (Westmoore senior)

Daton Fix teched Dylan Schickram 20-5 at Dual State and Connor Holman teched Blake Gonzalez 25-9. 

138

  1. Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon junior)
  2. Jack Karstetter (Sand Springs senior)
  3. Tyler Dieringer (Stillwater senior)
  4. Kruz Simons (Edmond North sophomore)
  5. Josh Suter (Norman senior)
  6. Elijah Barnett (Booker T. Washington)
  7. Cody Johnson (Yukon) Previously unranked
  8. Bryce Mattioda (Broken Arrow freshman) Previously #7
  9. Cody Mathis (Sand Springs junior) Previously #8
  10. Dawson Hunt (Ponca City senior) Previously #9

Jack Karstetter defeated TaJuan Daniels 5-3 and Dawson Hunt 12-10 at Dual State. Cody Johnson made his ranked debut with a 9-4 upset of Bryce Mattioda. 

145

  1. Kendon Lee (Stillwater senior) 
  2. Beau Bratcher (Sand Springs senior)
  3. Ryan Swanson (Westmoore junior)
  4. Seth Graves (Edmond Memorial senior)
  5. Zane Taylor (Yukon) 
  6. Brandon Conrad (Owasso senior)
  7. Shamar Duncan (Putnam City senior)
  8. Killian McGrew (Jenks freshman)
  9. Noah Austin (Edmond North senior)
  10. Micah Lugafet (Deer Creek)

Beau Bratcher defeated Brady Mattioda 4-2 at Dual State. 

152

  1. Payton Scott (Sand Springs junior)
  2. Brady Mattioda (Broken Arrow junior) Previously #10
  3. Baywiin Hollingshead (Yukon) Previously #2
  4. Kyle Knowles (Edmond Memorial freshman) Previously #3
  5. Robert "RJ" Walker (Midwest City senior) Previously #4
  6. Ezequiel "Zeke" Rubio (Ponca City senior) Previously #5
  7. Jacob Swafford (Edmond North) Previously #6
  8. Jeff Speer (Choctaw junior) Previously #7
  9. Zach Johnson (Westmoore sophomore) Previously #8
  10. Jermain Harring (Union) Previously #9

Payton Scott pinned Zeke Rubio in 35 seconds at Dual State. Brady Mattioda beat Baywiin Hollingshead 3-0. Rubio pinned Jacob Swafford. 

160

  1. Jaryn Curry (Choctaw junior)
  2. Chase Vincent (Yukon senior)
  3. Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow junior)
  4. Connor Wilcoxen (Stillwater senior)
  5. Joseph Messer (Norman North senior)
  6. Cooper Meadows (Mustang senior)
  7. Nolan Miller (Owasso junior)
  8. Chase Kelvington (Jenks)
  9. Noah Almy (Sand Springs sophomore)
  10. Charles Floyd (Edmond North) Previously unranked

Chase Vincent pinned Joe Hall at Dual State. Caleb Wise pinned Noah Almy, Almy defeated Grayson White 5-1, and Charles Floyd majored White 14-3 to knock White out of the rankings and make his debut.

170

  1. Zane Basma (Sand Springs senior)
  2. Zane Coleman (Choctaw sophomore)
  3. Christian Bahl (Stillwater senior)
  4. Payden Brown (Putnam City senior)
  5. Tyren Robb (Norman)
  6. Gage McBridge (Mustang senior)
  7. Sam Hensley (Edmond Memorial junior)
  8. Joe Speno (Edmond Santa Fe senior)
  9. Kaleb Mertz (Owasso junior)
  10. Lane Newlin (Ponca City)

Zane Basma pinned Joe Hall and Lane Newlin at Dual State. Zane Coleman defeated Caleb Wise 1-0 and pinned Christian Bahl. 

182

  1. Jace Brownlee (Stillwater senior) Previously #4
  2. Easton Rendleman (Choctaw junior) 
  3. Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow) Previously #1
  4. Justin "JD" Johnson (Owasso junior) Previously #3
  5. Shane Flandermeyer (Westmoore junior) 
  6. Dakota Carnes (Sapulpa senior)
  7. Noah Hooks (Edmond North junior)
  8. Declan O'Brien (Deer Creek)
  9. Jaylen Childs (Putnam North)
  10. Joe Curtis (Bixby sophomore) 

Jace Brownlee defeated Easton Rendleman 3-1 at Dual State, and Rendleman topped Gavin Potter 8-4. 

195

  1. Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow sophomore)
  2. Blake Minnick (Edmond North sophomore)
  3. Jesse Wetherington (Norman North)
  4. Rafe Johnson (Deer Creek freshman)
  5. Gary Dockery (Choctaw junior)
  6. Fisher Jones (Putnam City)
  7. Arin Copas (Mustang senior)
  8. Colin Foster (Yukon)
  9. Riley Corona (Westmoore senior)
  10. Luke Bratcher (Sand Springs sophomore)

Zach Marcheselli pinned Colin Foster in 50 seconds and defeated Gary Dockery 18-2 at Dual State. Luke Bratcher picked up a 10-6 decision over Abram Arechiga. 

220

  1. Delvin Jordan (Sand Springs senior) 
  2. Skyler Haynes (Broken Arrow senior)
  3. Mason Lancaster (Putnam City junior) 
  4. Jon Martinez (Westmoore senior)
  5. Parsa Lessani (Edmond North) Previously #10
  6. Austin Fry (Ponca City senior) Previously #5
  7. Caulin Poole (Choctaw junior) Previously #6
  8. Cody Adams (Bixby senior) Previously #7
  9. Yousef Aliya (Union senior) Previously #8
  10. Gage Fain (Sand Springs junior) Previously #9

Delvin Jordan topped Skyler Haynes 4-3 at Dual State and pinned Austin Fry in ten seconds. Haynes defeated Caulin Poole 14-4 and Parsa Lessani pinned Austin Fry. Poole picked up a 3-1 decision over Aaron Veselak.

285

  1. Brey Walker (Southmoore junior)
  2. Gage Johnson (Norman North senior)
  3. Trenton Lieurance (Broken Arrow senior)
  4. Zach Austin (Choctaw senior)
  5. Elwood Tomlin (Union senior)
  6. Ryan Tilbury (Midwest City senior) 
  7. Malik McGee (U.S. Grant) 
  8. Blake Russell (Mustang senior)
  9. Brett Bridges (Ponca City) 
  10. Trey Cossey (Mustang senior)

Trenton Lieurance defeated Zach Austin 2-0 at Dual State and Brett Bridges pinned Zane Bailey in 3:16. 

OSSAA Tournament Final Rankings

  1. Sand Springs (1486)
  2. Choctaw (1432)
  3. Broken Arrow (1320)
  4. Edmond North (1240)
  5. Yukon (1071)
  6. Ponca City (876)
  7. Union (787)
  8. Stillwater (777)
  9. Westmoore (769)
  10. Mustang (628)
  11. Edmond Memorial (607)
  12. Norman (399)
  13. Norman North (371)
  14. Deer Creek (252)
  15. Sapulpa (220)

 

 

Sandite Pride Tournament Rankings

  1. Sand Springs (95)
  2. Broken Arrow (84)
  3. Choctaw (75)
  4. Edmond North (60)
  5. Yukon (46)
  6. Stillwater (43)
  7. Westmoore (35)
  8. Ponca City (31)
  9. Norman North (29)
  10. Owasso (28)
  11. Edmond Memorial (25)
    Mustang (25)
  12. Union (24)
    Putnam City (24)
  13. Deer Creek (22)
  14. Midwest City (21)
  15. Sapulpa (17)
  16. Southmoore (12)
    Norman (12)
  17. Bartlesville (10)
  18. Jenks (8)
  19. U.S. Grant (7)
  20. Bixby (6)
  21. Booker T. Washington (5)
  22. Edmond Santa Fe (3)
  23. Enid (2)
    Putnam North (2)
  24. Moore (1)
  25. Putnam City West (0)
    Muskogee (0)
    Lawton (0)
    Capitol Hill (0)

2017 Dual State Preview: No. 1 Sandites enter post-season undefeated 17-0

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

No. 1 CPHS (17-0) 
No. 2 Choctaw (9-0)
No. 3 Broken Arrow (8-2) 
No. 4 Edmond North (10-1) 
No. 5 Yukon (7-2) 

No. 6 Ponca City (8-2) 
No. 10 Stillwater (8-3) 
No. 11 Norman (15-2) 

The brackets have been released and the countdown to Dual State has begun, with only three days left till the eight best teams in Class 6A converge at Firelake Arena in Shawnee. 

The top-seeded teams were no surprise. No. 1 Sand Springs (17-0) and No. 2 Choctaw (9-0) ended up on opposite sides of the bracket, setting up a potential rematch of last year's State Finals, where the Yellowjackets upset the top-ranked Sandites 41-18 for their first Dual State Championship since 1997. 

While the Sandites and Yellowjackets have been the heavy favorites throughout the season, there are several other talented teams that could have legitimate upset potential. All four quarterfinal duals will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, with the semifinals at noon Saturday, and the finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

No. 1 Sand Springs (17-0) has been on a warpath this season, winning five shutouts and the Second Annual Ram Duals tournament. The Sandites are 12-0 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 68-9. They won their district 248-0 against Enid, U.S. Grant, and Putnam West. They pinned the entire Grant team in 14:02. They beat the No. 1 team in Kansas 53-24, Broken Arrow 46-21, Ponca City 51-12, Stillwater 59-9, and 3A No. 1 Perry 48-18. The Sandites have ranked wrestlers in twelve divisions and ten State Qualifiers.

The Sandites' first opponent will be No. 11 Norman (15-2). The Tigers have had an outstanding season, but it's tough to assess them against the rest of the Oklahoma field as half of their opponents were out of state. They placed fifth at the Grapevine Duals but they didn't wrestle a single Dual State-qualifying 6A team. Their toughest Oklahoma opponents were No. 9 Mustang and No. 8 Westmoore. They topped the Broncos 42-24, but barely edged out the Jaguars 39-37. They are 7-0 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 48-23. The only mutual opponent between the Sandites and Tigers is Midwest City, who fell 69-9 to Sand Springs and 58-13 to Norman.

No. 2 Choctaw (9-0) is still riding the seventeen-straight win streak they started last season. They topped Broken Arrow 38-22 and Edmond North 31-29. The Yellowjackets are 6-0 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 53 to 18. They have ranked wrestlers in ten divisions and seven State Qualifiers.

Choctaw will take on No. 10 Stillwater (8-3) in the quarterfinals. The Pioneers are 5-2 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 35-33. They fell 59-9 to Sand Springs and 41-24 to Ponca City. Choctaw and Stillwater have two mutual opponents in Deer Creek and Southmoore. Choctaw defeated the SaberCats 69-12 and Stillwater won 56-21. Choctaw defeated the Antlers 60-15, and Stillwater won 35-30. The Pioneers have wrestlers ranked in five divisions and five State Qualifiers.

No. 3 Broken Arrow (8-2) dropped a 38-22 dual to Choctaw and fell 46-21 to Sand Springs, but since then they've returned 195 State Champion Skyler Haynes to their lineup, who was out with a football injury for most of the season. They've recorded two shutouts this season, 73-0 against Muskogee and 78-0 against Bixby. They also topped No. 7 Union 38-20. The Tigers are 7-2 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 51-18. They have ranked wrestlers in twelve divisions and seven State Qualifiers.

Broken Arrow's quarterfinal opponent will be No. 5 Yukon (7-2). The Millers hold a 36-30 win over No. 9 Mustang and nearly shut out Lawton at 70-3. Their only losses their season are 40-19 to Edmond North, and 59-0 to 4A No. 1 Tuttle. They are 6-1 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 44-25. They have ranked wrestlers in seven divisions and three State Qualifiers. They will travel to Norman Tuesday night in their final dual of the regular season.

No. 4 Edmond North (10-1) may as well be undefeated. They went 10-0 this year before falling 31-29 in their regular season finale at Choctaw. That dual came down to the final match and was far too close to be considered decisive on who would win in a rematch. They have topped No. 9 Mustang 47-24, Yukon 40-19, and No. 8 Westmoore 46-20. They shut out Moore 69-0 and nearly shut out Putnam City West 73-6. All eleven of the Huskies' duals were against 6A opponents, and they won by an average score of 51-16. They have ranked wrestlers in ten divisions and three State Qualifiers. 

Edmond North will take on No. 6 Ponca City (9-2). The Wildcats have a 41-24 win over Stillwater, and a 43-17 win over No. 7 Union. Their only losses are 51-12 to Sand Springs and 36-27 to 3A No. 1 Perry. They are 8-1 against 6A opponents, winning by an average score of 49-21. They have ranked wrestlers in nine divisions and three State Qualifiers.

Sand Springs Wrestling wins Nathan Hale Tournament with six Champions

The Sand Springs JV Wrestling team took first place at the Nathan Hale Tournament this weekend, beating out numerous varsity squads. Sixteen wrestlers placed, twelve made the finals, and six brought home the gold. 

Top-Five Teams:

  1. Sand Springs JV (214)
  2. Checotah (157)
  3. East Central (122)
  4. Tulsa Edison (84)
  5. Sand Springs B (64)
  6. Nathan Hale (56)
  7. Coweta JV (53)
  8. Tulsa Webster (48)
  9. Tulsa Edison JV (46)
  10. Bishop Kelley (44)
  11. Crossing Christian School (31)
  12. Tulsa Memorial (29)
  13. Bishop Kelley JV (18)
  14. Tulsa NOAH (7)
  15. Will Rogers (7)

Brendon Wiseley (106), Colten Roberts (120), Irwin Portillo (126), Cody Mathis (138), Dayvon Taylor (170), and Hayden Cramer (182) all took first place, while Colby HeckenKamp (132), Derek Davis (145), Mikey Burns (160), Kris Edwards (220), Scott Patton (126), and Gabe Wakefield (170) came in runner-up. 

James McDougal (113) and Mike Brown (182) placed third, Dominique Pipes (285) placed fourth, and Gavin Garcia (145) came in fifth.

Sand Springs Elementary Wrestling places second at Ponca City Tournament with 12 Champions

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Scores:

  1. Ponca City (599)
  2. Sand Springs (336)
  3. Stillwater (248)
  4. Broken Arrow (223)
  5. Guthrie (204)
  6. Cushing (196)
  7. Sperry (196)
  8. Bristow (195)
  9. Ark City (192)
  10. Catoosa (149)
  11. Cleveland (133)
  12. Sapulpa (111)
  13. Bartlesville (99)
  14. Winfield (89)
  15. Blackwell (82)
  16. Berryhill (80)
  17. Matrix (69)
  18. Owasso (63)
  19. Collinsville (61)
  20. Enid (55)
  21. Harrah (50)
  22. NEO (37)
  23. Newcastle (32)
  24. Sallisaw (32)
  25. Pryor (26)
  26. Standfast (24)
  27. Stilwell (23)
  28. OWA (22)
  29. Creek (20)
  30. Threestyle (19)
  31. Shute (18)
  32. Greyhorse (11)
  33. Edmond (9)
  34. Newkirk (9)

While the Charles Page High School varsity wrestling squad is making headlines as the No. 1 ranked team in Oklahoma, the younger generations of Sandite wrestling are working hard to carry on the tradition. Sand Springs Team Big sent thirty-five elementary and junior high wrestlers to Ponca City this weekend for the Blubaugh-Wilson Battle for Gold and came in runner-up behind the host team with 20 finalists and 12 champions. The host team entered three times as many wrestlers as Sand Springs and finished with 23 finalists and 14 champions.

Jayden Bussell (4-0, 14-3) competed in Division One Open at 60 pounds and took first place. He scored a 15-0 technical fall over Zane Agnew (Bartlesville), majored Jaden O'Kelley (Cushing) 15-3, defeated Ryder Rosholt (Ark City) 6-3, then pinned Noah Boulware (Broken Arrow) in 1:50. 

Hunter Spencer (4-0, 19-8) competed in Division Two Open at 61 pounds and took first place. He pinned Aidan Aldridge (Ark City) in 2:19, Bowdy Thomason (Blackwell) in 2:57, and Lane Simpson (Cushing) in 1:02, and scored a 6-0 decision over Seth Kysar (Cleveland). 

Bentley Cole (3-0, 11-2) competed in Division One Open at 37 pounds and took first place. He scored a 16-0 technical fall over Bryson Cupps (Catoosa), then pinned Ivy Mullin (Stilwell) in 0:36 and Mekko Stites (Berryhill) in 2:13.

Balance Johnson (3-0) competed in Division Three Open at 120 pounds and took first place. He pinned Shane Lovejoy (Newcastle) in 1:09, majored Treg Bowman (Stillwater) 14-0, and teched Adyn Peugh (Collinsville) 16-1. 

Clayton Giddens (3-0, 33-2) competed in Division Four Open at 67 pounds and took first place. He pinned Andrew Havens (Sperry) in 2:49, and teched Elijah Green (Broken Arrow) 20-3 and Caydon Miller (Sapulpa) 17-0.

Blake Jones (3-0, 14-5) competed in Division Five Open at 100 pounds and took first place with three pins. He took down Shayden Trant (Ponca City) in 1:19, Nathaniel Sparks (Cleveland) in 2:40, and Noah Smith (Team NEO) in 4:14. 

Riley Magee (2-0) competed in Division Five Open at 190 pounds and took first place. He pinned JaKobe Sanders (Stillwater) in 3:30 and scored a 21-6 technical fall over Cayson Badley (Ponca City).

Sammy Naugle (2-0, 16-12) competed in Division Four Open at 88 pounds and took first place. He majored Tyler McCall (Catoosa) 12-3, then pinned Colby Wilder (Guthrie) in 1:20. 

Thomas Naugle (2-0, 7-6) competed in Division Five Open at 134 pounds and took first place. He drew only one competitor and pinned Brent Ingram (Pryor) in 2:58 and 1:48 in a best-of-three series. 

Grady Mittasch (3-1, 35-8) competed in Division Three Open at 67 pounds and took first place. He didn't draw enough competitors for a full bracket and instead wrestled a round-robin. He lost a 4-1 decision to Devon Miller (Stillwater), but the Pioneer wrestler fell in three other matches and Mittasch emerged with the best record to win the division. He topped Daxton Sullivan (Bristow) 2-0, teched Elijah Green (Broken Arrow) 15-0, and pinned Dylan Abbott (Sperry) in 2:22.

Ethan White (3-1, 8-16) competed in Division Four Open at 120 pounds and had a similar situation to Mittasch. He defeated Corey Chilcoat (Catoosa) 4-0 and pinned Anthony Amador (Ponca City) in 1:21, but fell 6-4 to Cameron Jackson (Ponca City). Despite his loss, a forfeit from Joseph Jeavitt (Ponca City) left him with a better round-robin record and he won the division. 

Rhett Peak (3-1, 19-9) competed in Division Four Open at 80 pounds and took second place. He majored Johnny Leverich (Cushing) 10-2, pinned Elijah Lunn (Ponca City) in 1::12, and edged out Ryker Agee (Blackwell) 3-2, but fell 7-0 to Cole Brooks (Collinsville).

Chase White (3-1, 8-5) competed in Division Four Open at 110 pounds and took second place. He topped Caden Kelly (Ponca City) 8-3, pinned Andrew Mullin (Stilwell) in 1:11 and Wesley Silvis (Guthrie) in 0:39, but fell 12-8 to Braxton Bacon (Owasso). 

Sam Harris (2-1, 11-15) competed in Division Five Open at 126 pounds and took second place. He pinned Nathen Moore (Owasso) in 3:53 and Malachia Rogers (Ponca City) in 1:06, but lost a close 2-1 decision to Brayden Henson (Broken Arrow). 

Asher Giddens (1-1, 9-8) competed in Division One Open at 43 pounds and took second place. He pinned Parker Ingram (Cleveland) in 0:41, but fell 13-3 to Gannon Wilson (Catoosa) in the finals.

Will Meredith (1-1, 19-5) competed in Division Two Open at 46 pounds and took second place. He pinned Aiden Bruner (Winfield) in 1:30, but fell in 0:57 to Aberic Scott (Threestyle).

Christian Forbes (1-1, 8-7) competed in Division Five Open at 84 pounds and took second place. He topped Danny Green (Broken Arrow) 8-6, but fell 11-2 to Shelton Chastain (Matrix). 

Owen Martin (3-1, 20-3) competed in Division Four Open at 73 pounds and took third place. He pinned Carla West (Ponca City) in 0:43 in the opening round, but fell 3-0 to Landyn Sommer (Stillwater) 3-0. In the consolations he edged out Corban Zugelder (Catoosa) 3-2 and majored Blaten Kemble (Ponca City) 8-0. 

Jackson Martin (2-1, 15-6) competed in Division Three Open at 55 pounds and took third place. He fell 7-3 to Max Linthicum (Sallisaw) in the opening round, but topped Talon Suttles (Winfield) 4-2 in sudden victory overtime, then pinned Cavin Peper (Sapulpa) in 0:33.

Promised Johnson (2-2) competed in Division Two Open at 64 pounds and took third place. He pinned Noah McBride (Ponca City) in 1:30 and majored Colten Stevens (Guthrie) 9-0, but fell 10-2 to Tohmi Carney (Broken Arrow) and 7-4 to Jaedan Adams (Stillwater). 

Samuel Moore (4-0, 25-10) competed in Division One Novice at 49 pounds and took first place. He pinned Tristen Cain (Ponca City) in 0:16, Garrett Schoonover (Guthrie) in 0:53, Weston Little (Bristow) in 2:24, and Zayden Merrill (Owasso) in 0:12.

Matthew Moore (2-1, 21-6) competed in Division Three Novice at 61 pounds and took second place. He pinned Mea Amador (Ponca City) in 0:32 and scored a 15-0 technical fall over Tatum Dolan (Berryhill), but fell 9-5 to Aydin Machado (Cushing). 

Chase Kelley (1-1, 5-12) competed in Division Four Novice at 130 pounds and took second place. He defeated Colton Ingram (Pryor) 12-8, but fell 15-4 to Rowdy Jackson (Cushing).

Blayton Collins (3-2, 8-16) competed in Division Two Novice at 58 pounds and took fourth place. He defeated Zavier Campion (Sperry) 7-2 and pinned Caden Sotelo (Ponca City) in 0:14, but fell 7-2 to Ryan Jinks (Sperry). In the consolation he pinned Colt Schickram (Ponca City) in 2:53, but lost a 12-8 decision to Elijah Montgomery (Sapulpa). 

No. 1 Sand Springs tops Kansas No. 1 Manhattan 53-24 with ten match wins

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Oklahoma can officially claim to be better than Kansas after the No. 1 teams in each state went head-to-head Saturday afternoon at the Owasso Ram Duals. 6A No. 1 Sand Springs (14-0) came from behind to top the No. 1 Manhattan Indians in ten of fourteen matches. 

Senior State Runner-Up Beau Bratcher (33-6, 124-29) won a 3-0 decision over two-time State Champion Mason Wallace to kick things off in the Sandites' favor, then the Indians put the Okies on their toes as State Qualifier Jalin Harper pinned Payton Scott (28-2, 49-10) in 3:38 to put the Sandites in an unusual position: behind. With an average dual score of 66-8, the Sandites haven't trailed all season long, but Manhattan led for five-straight matches before Sand Springs found their feet in the lower weights.

Noah Almy (16-15) was pinned in 1:22 by State Qualifier Zephry Killham. Zane Basma (17-2, 79-27) responded by pinning State Qualifier Chance Henderson in 1:25. State Qualifier Robert Houston picked up another fall for the Indians in 2:52 over Hayden Cramer (7-5), then the Sandites finally took the lead with pins from Gage Fain (23-10, 36-32) and Delvin Jordan (32-2, 63-14). Fain topped Christian Schlepp in 4:48 and Jordan picked up his 25th pin of the season in 25 seconds against State Qualifier Hunter Christensen. 

The Indians got back in the lead with a fall at heavyweight as State Runner-Up Eldon Picou pinned Dominique Pipes (2-5, 2-7) in 0:15, but those would be the last points Manhattan would score.

Riley Weir (29-6, 50-18) picked up his 50th win with a pin of Tate Sauder in 0:53. Tanner Ward (25-8, 101-20) received a forfeit. Michael Ritchey (27-8, 56-32) pinned State Qualifier Joe Braun in 1:52. Blake Sargent (27-8, 79-22) pinned State Qualifier Abraham Sanchez in 1:28. Daton Fix (34-0, 152-0) worked up a 24-9 tech fall against freshman Bubba Wilson, and Jack Karstetter (20-1, 93-16) won a 9-3 decision over State Runner-Up Devin Norris to finish the dual.

Sand Springs will battle 3A No. 1 Perry (14-1) at 2:30 in the championship round. Perry boasts one State Champion, two State Runners-Up, and eleven total State Qualifiers--nearly identical to the Sandite lineup. The Maroons' only loss this season was to 4A No. 1 Tuttle (9-0), who is nationally ranked by FloWrestling at No. 11. The Sandites are fifteenth in the nation and have already topped Perry at both the Perry Tournament of Champions and the Kansas City Stampede, but there were few head-to-head matches between the teams at either tournament. 

Tanner Ward picks up 100th win in 59-12 victory over 3A No. 4 Comanche

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The initial bracket posted by Owasso was incorrect and the Sandites found themselves pitted against 3A No. 4 Comanche (13-2) instead of Union, but it didn't make much of a difference. The top-ranked Sand Springs wrestling team (13-0) rolled over the Indians as easily as they rolled over the Redskins and every other opponent they've faced this season.

Senior Jack Karstetter (19-1 season, 92-16 career) worked up a 17-2 technical fall over Ethan Hamrick in only 3:31, then Beau Bratcher (32-6, 123-29) pinned Christopher Armijo in only 46 seconds.

Payton Scott (28-1, 49-9) won a 13-5 major decision over Kamren Vanbuskirk, but Comanche put points in the board with a 5-1 decision from State Qualifier Ryan Aker over sophomore Noah Almy (16-14). The teams exchanged falls from there as Zane Basma (16-2, 78-27) pinned Chaz Allen in 2:36 and State Qualifier Dailen Presgrove pinned freshman Hayden Cramer (7-5) in 43 seconds. Konnor Doucet picked up another win for the Indians, topping Gage Fain (22-10, 35-32).

From there it was all Sandites as Delvin Jordan (31-2, 62-14) rolled to a 20-5 tech fall over Rowdy Rhone in 2:06. Sophomore Dominique Pipes (2-4, 2-6) picked up his first fall of the season in 4:49 against Jacob Martinez. Riley Weir (28-6, 49-19) won a 7-3 decision over Jaxon Miller. Tanner Ward (24-8, 100-20) joined the hundred club with a pin of Sean Williams in 0:39. Michael Ritchey (26-8, 55-32) pinned Rylan Poston in 2:50, Blake Sargent (26-8, 78-22) pinned Tristan Glancy in 0:31, and Daton Fix (33-0, 151-0) finished things off with a pin of Trevor Cusumano in 1:47.

Next up the Sandites will take on their toughest opponent of the season in Kansas No. 1 ranked Manhattan High School, who just topped Lebanon, Missouri (20-4) 38-30. Manhattan boasts ten State Qualifiers, two State Runners-Up, and one State Champion.

No. 1 Sandite Wrestling thrashes No. 12 Claremore 65-12

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Sandites just love their pinning streaks. Even when they take on some of the toughest teams in the State, they're shooting for the fall every time.

Team Results:

Pool A
1st Sand Springs (4-0)
2nd Claremore (3-1)
3rd Vian (1-3)
4th Springdale (1-3)
5th Midwest City (1-3)

Pool B
1st Collinsville (3-1)
2nd Comanche (3-1)
3rd Pittsburg (2-2)
4th Bentonville (2-2)
5th Bartlesville (0-4)

Pool C
1st Perry (4-0)
2nd Lebanon (3-1)
3rd Mustang (2-2)
4th Owasso (1-3)
5th Enid (0-4)

Pool D
1st Manhattan (4-0)
2nd Union (3-1)
3rd Deer Creek (2-2)
4th Har-Ber (1-3)
5th Salina (0-4)

The No. 1 ranked Sand Springs wrestling team (12-0) continued their undefeated season with a commanding 65-12 victory over No. 12 Claremore (9-3), winning eleven of fourteen matches with nine pins.

Three-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (32-0 season) picked up his 150th career win. The Oklahoma State-committed senior put on a takedown clinic against Parker Price, working up a 16-7 lead before pinning his foe in 3:34.

Technically Jack Karstetter (18-1, 91-16) didn't get a fall, but he did get a technical fall, topping State Qualifier Logan Rea 17-2 in only 3:26. Beau Bratcher (27-6, 118-29) elected to go for the actual fall, pinning State Qualifier Tracy Reeder in 4:41, and Payton Scott (27-1, 48-9) followed suit with a pin of Corbin Ballard in 2:21.

The streak came to a close at 170 as State Qualifier Austin Short prevailed 7-4 over sophomore Noah Almy (16-13). Zane Basma (16-2, 78-27) responded with a pin of State Qualifier Josh Parzaile in 2:29, but Claremore picked up another win at 182 as Seth Seago topped freshman Hayden Cramer (7-4) in a close 5-1 decision. 

Gage Fain (22-9, 35-31) pinned Adam Cegielski in 2:27 and Delvin Jordan (30-2, 61-14) took down Ryan Cochran in 0:58, then Claremore pulled out their lone pin of the night as Paul Odell topped sophomore Dominique Pipes (1-4, 1-6) in 4:28. That would be the last match the Zebras would win.

Championship Bracket

Riley Weir (27-6, 48-18) pinned Michael McMorris in 0:50, Tanner Ward (23-8, 99-20) pinned Ethan Stevenson in 3:12, Michael Ritchey (25-8, 54-32) received a forfeit, and Blake Sargent (25-8, 77-22) pinned Cole Harris in 1:11 to wrap up the night. 

The Sandites will return to action Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. with a rematch against No. 6 Union (6-4). Sand Springs defeated the Redskins 68-9 earlier this season. 

SEE RELATED: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling wins fifth shutout of the season, 80-0 over Springdale
SEE RELATED: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling shuts out No. 5 Vian 66-0
SEE RELATED: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling dominates Midwest City 69-9 at Ram Duals
 

No. 1 Sandite wrestling qualifies for Dual State with 79-0 victory over Enid

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

CPHS 84 U.S. Grant 0

106 No. 2 Weir p. Garcia 0:35
113 No. 3 Ward p. Martinez 0:33
120 No. 4 Ritchey p. Alford 0:23
126 No. 5 Sargent p. Lozano 2:55
132 No. 1 Fix p. Barber 1:27
138 No. 3 Karstetter p. Ibarra 0:45
145 No. 2 Bratcher p. Aldana 0:37
152 No. 1 Scott p. Carolina 1:00
160 No. 8 Almy p. Love 1:02
170 No. 2 Basma p. Esparza 0:31
182 Cramer p. Izydor 0:47
195 No. 10 Fain p. Herrera 2:31
220 No. 1 Jordan p. Serrano 0:09
285 Edwards p. No. 7 McGee 0:47

CPHS 82 PCW 0

113 No. 3 Ward p. Ellis 0:33
120 No. 4 Ritchey p. Morgan 3:36
126 No. 5 Sargent p. Loudermilk 2:46
132 No. 1 Fix p. Tolton 0:21
138 No. 3 Karstetter p. Gutierrez 0:04
145 No. 2 Bratcher p. Hart 0:17
152 No. 1 Scott p. Sutton 0:06
160 No. 8 Almy m.d. Garrett 16-6
170 No. 2 Basma p. Strickland 0:04
182 Cramer p. Guzman 1:16
195 No. 10 Fain p. Romby 2:37
220 No. 1 Jordan p. Silva 0:44
285 Edwards p. Martinez 2:36
106 Weir forfeit.

CPHS 79 Enid 0

120 No. 4 Ritchey t.f. McGee 19-3 (3:08)
126 No. 5 Sargent p. Herrell 1:03
132 No. 1 Fix p. Arrington 0:35
138 No. 3 Karstetter p. Reese 1:10
145 No. 2 Bratcher p. Masterson 0:23
152 No. 1 Scott p. Loza 2:33
160 No. 8 Almy p. Griffin 0:27
170 No. 2 Basma p. Morse 1:41
182 Cramer p. Miner 1:58
195 No. 10 Fain p. Pemberton 0:48
220 No. 1 Jordan p. Anderson 0:44
285 Edwards d. Dodd 3-2
106 Weir t.f. Stuber 17-1 (2:40)
113 Ward p. Hisey 1:39

The No. 1 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team (8-0) demonstrated Thursday why they're not only the top team in Oklahoma, but are also ranked fifteenth in the nation. Hosting Putnam City West (2-6), Enid (2-7), and No. 18 U.S. Grant (4-4), the Sandites won 42 consecutive matches to outscore their opponents by a cumulative 245-0. Not only did they not give up a single team point, but they beat all three teams in a cumulative 59:51, whereas a single dual with no pins or technical falls would last 1:24:00.

SEE RELATED: No. 1 Sandite wrestling pins entire U.S. Grant team in 14 minutes
SEE RELATED: No. 1 Sandite wrestling defeats Putnam City West 82-0 with 12 pins

Michael Ritchey (21-8 season, 50-32 career) got off to a fast start, taking a 12-2 lead after the first period and ultimately defeated Hunter McGee by 19-3 technical fall in only 3:08.

Blake Sargent (22-7, 74-21)  was next on the mat and he pinned his opponent in 1:03 starting off yet another team pin streak. Daton Fix (28-0, 146-0) pinned Cameron Arrington in 0:35, Jack Karstetter (14-1, 87-16) pinned Tyler Reese in 1:10. Beau Bratcher (24-6, 115-29) pinned Chase Masterson in 0:23.

Payton Scott (23-1, 44-9) had a tough opponent in Austin Loza, but took a 7-1 lead before pinning him in 2:33. Noah Almy (14-12) took down Logan Griffin in 0:27 and Zane Basma (12-2, 74-27) pinned Gavin Morse in 1:41 after leading 12-4.

Hayden Cramer (4-3) topped Seth Miner in 1:58, Gage Fain (18-9, 31-31) pinned his opponent in 0:48 and Delvin Jordan (26-2, 57-14) finished his foe in 0:44.

Kris Edwards (3-0) had one of the toughest opponents of the night and won the only close decision of the evening. They stalemated through the first period and Edwards took a 1-0 lead after a second period escape then added a takedown soon after. With only two seconds left the Plainsman reversed, but Edwards got the 3-2 victory.

Riley Weir (23-6, 44-18) breezed through his opponent and led 12-1 after the first, then added another takedown and nearfall points for a 17-1 tech fall in only 2:40. Tanner Ward (19-8, 95-20) ended the evening with a pin in 1:39. 

The Sandites are now officially heading back to Dual State this February at Firelake Arena in Shawnee. Last season the Sandites finished as runners-up, falling 41-18 to Choctaw. Before they get a chance to avenge that loss, they'll first have to get past some seriously tough competition this weekend at the Owasso Ram Duals. 

Owasso Ram Duals competitors:

Bartlesville (2-6)
Bentonville, Arkansas
4A No. 12 Cascia Hall (1-7)
No. 12 Claremore (6-2)
3A No. 4 Comanche (10-0)
5A No. 10 Deer Creek (6-6)
Enid (2-7)
Guthrie (4-3)
Har-Ber, Arkansas (24-4) 
Lebanon, Missouri (17-2)
No. 1 Manhattan, Kansas
Midwest City (2-4)
No. 9 Mustang (4-3)
Owasso (4-7)
3A No. 1 Perry (8-1)
No. 3 Pittsburg, Kansas
Salina (8-8)
Springdale, Arkansas
No. 6 Union (2-2)
3A No. 5 Vian (13-2)