6A No. 1 Sand Springs defeats 3A No. 1 Perry 48-18 to win Ram Duals Championship

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Places

  1. 6A No. 1 Sand Springs
  2. 3A No. 1 Perry
  3. KS 6A No. 1 Manhattan
  4. Lebanon, MO
  5. 6A No. 12 Claremore
  6. 6A No. 6 Union
  7. 5A No. 4 Collinsville
  8. 3A No. 4 Comanche
  9. Pittsburg, KS
  10. 6A No. 9 Mustang
  11. 5A No. 10 Deer Creek
  12. Har-Ber High
  13. Bentonville, AR
  14. Owasso
  15. 3A No. 5 Vian
  16. Springdale, AR
  17. Enid
  18. Bartlesville
  19. Midwest City
  20. Salina

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Dylan Avery (Perry)

The No. 1 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team (15-0) won their second-straight dual over another No. 1 ranked team to clinch the 2nd Annual Ram Duals title Saturday afternoon in Owasso. After topping Kansas No. 1 Manhattan 53-24 in the semifinals, they rolled to an equally impressive 48-18 victory over 3A No. 1 Perry (14-2). Sand Springs won ten of fourteen matches and never trailed.

Noah Almy (17-15) made his mark on the Maroons, handily outscoring State Qualifier Kort Davis 18-2 for a technical fall in 4:23. Zane Basma (18-2 season, 80-27 career) pinned Zack Lowry half a second before the first buzzer, then Hayden Cramer (7-7) narrowly avoided a fall and was saved by the buzzer against State Qualifier Kohl Owens. He picked up a takedown of his own early in the second period, but couldn't escape the pin the next time he went down and fell in 3:18.

The Maroons scored another victory at 195 with a back-and-forth 8-6 decision by State Qualifier Robert Spiekers over Gage Fain (23-11, 36-33), but Delvin Jordan (33-2, 64-14) made up for it by pinning Teaguen Wilson in 0:57. The Sandites forfeited heavyweight, but got bonus points at 106 as Riley Weir (30-6, 51-18) majored State Runner-Up Alex Valencia 12-0.

Tanner Ward (25-9, 101-21) lost an 8-4 decision to freshman Dylan Avery, but Michael Ritchey (28-8, 57-32) scored a big win at 120 with a 4-0 victory against State Champion Cale Betchan.

The Maroons' last big shot to get back into contention fell with State Runner-Up Brycen Justus who was defeated 8-2 by Blake Sargent (28-8, 90-22). Perry forfeited to Daton Fix (35-0, 153-0) and Jack Karstetter (21-1, 94-16) topped State Qualifier Riley Cinnamon 8-5 to clinch the dual at 36-18 with two matches left.

Beau Bratcher (34-6, 125-29) pinned Logan Patton in 1:29 and Payton Scott finished things up with a pin of State Qualifier Jace Burdick in 1:33. 

The Sandites will return to action Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m. when they host 5A No. 4 Collinsville () at Clyde Boyd Middle School.

ROUND ONE: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling dominates Midwest City 69-9 at Ram Duals
ROUND TWO: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling shuts out No. 5 Vian 66-0
ROUND THREE: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling wins fifth shutout of the season, 80-0 over Springdale
ROUND FOUR: No. 1 Sandite Wrestling thrashes No. 12 Claremore 65-12
QUARTERFINALS: Tanner Ward picks up 100th win in 59-12 victory over 3A No. 4 Comanche
SEMIFINALS: No. 1 Sand Springs tops Kansas No. 1 Manhattan 53-24 with ten match wins

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

Oklahoma dominates Georgia 68-2 in Dual Nationals round one

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Oklahoma got off to a fast start against Team Georgia Blue in the first round of the Junior Greco-Roman Dual Nationals Wednesday morning, building up a massive lead before the wrestling even started.

Jet Taylor, Jacob Butler, and Jaxen Gilmore received forfeits for 126 to 138. Tuttle's Brik Filippo wasted no time in putting points on the board with a 10-0 tech fall over Khyree Alexander, then Sand Springs's Payton Scott took down Dustin Berry 10-0 in thirty seconds flat. Ezequiel Rubio pinned Cole White in a quick twenty then Nick Mahan teched Chandler Miele 13-2.

Bear Hughes continued the winning streak with an 11-0 tech over Devyn Villafane. Zach Marcheselli received a forfeit, Tanner Hawkins picked up a 16-6 tech fall over Richard Walker, then Trenton Lieutance, Alex Fields, and Wyatt Adams all received forfeits.  Alec McDoulett teched Brandon Foster 11-0 and Westmoore's Dalton Duffield wrapped things up with a 12-0 tech of Alex Cain for a final score of 68-2 with no matches lost.

Up next for Oklahoma is Team Pennsylvania who solidly defeated Team Kansas Red 49-12 in round one. 

Blake Sargent, Team Oklahoma place fifth in Greco Roman Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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