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. 

Sandite Wrestling tour de force continues at Schoolboy National Championship Duals

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sand Springs has a long and impressive history when it comes to wrestling, but 2016 is well on its way to becoming one of the best years yet. Dual State Runners-Up, eleven State Qualifiers, six Regional Champions, one State Champion, and that was just during the school year.

As the saying goes, "Summer wrestling makes Winter Champions." Since the school year ended, the Sandites haven't even slowed down. Charles Page senior Daton Fix won a Freestyle National Championship and is headed to the World Championships in France this August. Senior Jack Karstetter came in Runner-Up in Greco-Roman at Nationals and is headed to the Pan-Ams in Peru in July. But it's not just the upperclassmen building up their resumes. Clyde Boyd Middle School eighth-grader Carter Young is working hard on the national scene as well.

After winning the OKUSA Youth Wrestling League State Championship, the Junior High Allstate Wrestling Championship, the OKUSA Freestyle and Greco Roman State Championships, and the Southern Plains Regional Championships in both Greco and Freestyle, Young most recently found himself in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Schoolboy Dual National Championships.

Competing as part of Team Oklahoma Red, alongside fellow Team BIG wrestlers Christian Forbes and Cougar Andersen, Young was one of the most crucial members of the team, going undefeated in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle.

On day one of Greco, the Oklahoma Outlaws dominated Team Idaho, winning eleven of seventeen matches for a 53-23 victory. Young defeated Christopher Martino 10-0 in his match. In the next dual, however, it was Team Washington with the edge on Oklahoma. Young won a 10-3 decision over Kenndyl Mobley, but Washington won ten matches for a 42-31 victory.

Thursday the Outlaws began working their way up through the consolation bracket, winning a pair of tough duals over Missouri and Utah before falling to Pennsylvania Red. The Outlaws had a 45-30 edge on Missouri, winning ten matches including a 10-0 tech fall by Young over Cody Ketchum. The Oklahoma team won eleven matches against Utah and Young picked up yet another 10-0 tech fall over Sage Mortimer for a 47-32 victory.

The Okies met their match in Pennsylvania after leading for most of the dual. It was back-and-forth for the first half and the Outlaws led by as much as 30-16 before giving up a yellow card and six straight matches for a final score of 41-29. Young won his match, however, with an 11-0 tech fall over Sheldon Seymour to remain undefeated in the tournament.

On Friday the Outlaws’ third place finish in Pool A landed them in the Bronze/Copper bracket where they swept the competition with four straight victories.

Young scored a 12-0 tech fall over Zachary Espalin, helping his team to a 44-33 win over Virginia. Next to fall was Indiana Gold 48-30 after the Okies won eleven matches, including a 10-0 tech fall by Young.

The Okies scored another dominating victory over Arizona at 51-29, winning eleven matches yet again. Young continued to breeze through his competition with his sixth-straight shutout tech fall, this time over Nathan Bigelow.

In the finals, the Outlaws got another rematch against Utah and once again came out with the advantage, winning ten matches for a final score of 43-34. Young continued his streak with a 11-0 victory over Mortimer.

The Oklahoma team claimed first in the Bronze/Copper Pool, placing them at ninth in the nation out of thirty-two teams. Three Team Oklahoma wrestlers earned All-American status in Greco, including Young with a final record of 9-0.

In Freestyle the boys did even better, placing seventh out of thirty-five teams.

In round one the Outlaws smoked Tennessee 60-20, losing only four matches while resting Young. The Sandite returned to action in the next round in a 58-19 domination of Utah and Young beat Mortimer for the third time that week 10-0.

Young sat out round three as the Outlaws easily handled Colorado Blue 56-18, and returned to action in the Pool A finals. He defeated Bob Houpt 10-0, but team finally lost their first dual of the tournament 48-27 to Washington.

In the true-second dual Oklahoma earned their way into the Gold/Silver bracket with a 48-29 victory over Missouri, including another 10-0 win over Ketchum from Young.

Young received a forfeit from Illinois in the first round of the Gold Pool as his team won 48-27.

His streak of seven-straight tech falls finally came to an end in a close match with Jett Strickenberger. Young got the 10-6 decision, but Colorado Red defeated the Okies 48-30.

Young didn’t wrestle against New Jersey in the next round, and it may have made the difference as the Outlaws fell 41-38, including a loss in the 77 pound position that Young normally occupies.

In the seventh place match against Arizona, he returned to action with a 10-0 tech fall over Nathan Bigelow and the Oklahoma team finished seventh overall.

Young is currently riding a twenty-two-straight winning streak and a 65-5 record for the year. He was also named an All-American in Freestyle.


This story was originally published in the Sandite Pride News Weekly Sunday edition.

Daton Fix breezes through Iranian Champion in Times Square

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School junior Daton Fix added another big name to his list of quality wins last night in New York City.

Wrestling at the "United In The Square" event in Times Square, the outstanding athlete became the first junior-level wrestler to ever compete on the main card at the annual Beat the Streets gala. Fix's Team USA allies included Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs and NCAA Champion J'den Cox as well as a smattering of 2016 Olympic Qualifiers and World Champions.

His opponent was Kheyrollah Ghahramani, who, like Fix, is a World Championship Bronze Medalist. The Iranian also holds a Silver Medal from the Asian Championship. Fix scored a quick takedown in the first minute of the match and followed it with a turn, holding a 4-0 lead as the first period expired. Ghahramani put points on the board early in the second period, but by the 4:25 mark Fix had scored another takedown and wrapped up the tech fall with a series of turns for a 14-3 finish.

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Fix will have only two days to prep for the World Team Trials Monday in Irving, Texas, where he aims to earn his spot at the World Championships in Macon, France later this summer. After securing a title at the UWW Junior National Championship in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, Fix won't have to wrestle the entire bracket and instead gets to compete against the 55 KG finalist in a best-of-three series. 

Fix first made the Cadet World Championship in 2014 when he competed in Slovakia and placed tenth after falling 6-3 to Iran's Rahmatabadi Kaveh. That same summer he competed at the Youth Olympics in China and earned a Silver Medal. Last year he went 4-1 at the World Championships in Bosnia and brought home Bronze after defeating wrestlers from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan. 

Anyone who would like to contribute to Fix and support his quest for Gold can make a donation by clicking HERE. 

Sand Springs Wrestling Team qualifies four for Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School wrestling team was well represented at the OK USA National Team Qualifier at Union this weekend, and four wrestlers qualified for Nationals this summer in Fargo, North Dakota. 

Junior three-time undefeated OSSAA State Champion Daton Fix wrestled at 126 pounds in Junior Freestyle and had no problem breezing through his opponents, teching Omar Pollard and Jet Taylor 10-0 each, and receiving a forfeit from Karson Bellmard for first place.

Junior Jack Karstetter, a 2016 State Runner-Up, wrestled at 132 pounds and placed second in Junior Freestyle with a 3-1 record. He defeated Gage Gomez by 10-0 tech fall, then narrowly edged out Westmoore's Dalton Duffield in an 11-11 tie breaker. Duffield went 41-4 this past high school season and came in runner-up to Fix at the State Championships. Karstetter picked up another tech fall with an 18-8 win over Billy Simpson in the semifinals. The final round pitted Karstetter against Garrett Rowe of Choctaw. Rowe went 40-5 last season and secured his second-consecutive State Championship. Karstetter battled hard but lost by 12-8 decision.

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Junior State Placer Michael Ritchey also wrestled at 132 pounds but failed to place after giving up losses to Rowe and Duffield. He did defeat Vincent Eremita 8-7 and Jacob Reeves 14-4, however. 

Senior Sage Singleton competed at 120 pounds and gave up tech falls of 10-0 and 16-6 to Zachery Bibb and Jakob Lyons, respectively. 

In the Cadet division, Sophomore State Qualifier Blake Sargent placed third in 132 with a 4-1 record. He teched Spencer Schickram 10-0 and Kenneth Wolford 11-0 before giving up an 11-6 decision to Rodrick Mosley. In the consolation bracket he once again defeated Schickram, this time 17-6, then defeated Bobby Robinson 14-8 to secure his spot at Nationals.

Clyde Boyd Middle School student Caleb Phillips wrestled at 120 and went 2-2. He teched Josiah Holliday 12-0 and pinned Cayden Nelson in 31 seconds before falling to Zach Williams by 0:53 pin. Ryder Ramsey teched Phillips 10-0 to eliminate him from contention.

Sage Singleton also wrestled at 120 pounds in Junior Greco-Roman and placed third with a 1-2 record after teching Justin McHenry 16-5, getting pinned in 0:37 by Jakob Lyons, and forfeiting to Garrett Wild. 

9 Sandites remain at State, only slightly behind Broken Arrow and Choctaw

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The remaining Sandites have about an hour long break before the next round begins at the 6A State Championship in Oklahoma City. 

Charles Page wrestling qualified eleven for the tournament with seven Regional Champions, more than either Broken Arrow or the Dual State Champions from Choctaw. Unfortunately 220 pound junior and Regional Champion Delvin Jordan was unable to participate dropping the number to nine. 

106 freshman Riley Weir (20-12) came in third at Regionals and was pitted against Choctaw's Colt Newton (40-3) in the first round and was pinned in 0:41. From there he was majored 14-4 by Yukon's Braden Fowler and eliminated. 

113 Regional Champion Michael Ritchey (22-16) was defeated in round one by Westmoore's Wes Hardin (31-11) by a narrow 5-2 decision but managed to hold the lead in the next match for a 5-3 victory over Spencer Schickram (14-9) of Ponca City. 

120 Regional Champion Blake Sargent (36-10) went into overtime with Zackery Bibb (24-5) of Capitol Hill and lost 4-2 in the tie breaker round. He fell in an early hole to Justin Gundlach (29-11) of Moore and trailed 3-2 going into the final period, but rallied for a takedown and pin at 5:14 to stay alive in the consolation bracket. 

126 two-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (44-0) pinned Bobby Robinson (30-13) of Deer Creek in 1:37.

132 Regional Champion Jack Karstetter (38-7) breezed through his first match with a 17-2 tech fall over Norman's Jeffrey Adams (23-12) in 5:42.  

138 Regional Champion Beau Bratcher (40-6) pinned Choctaw's Jeff Speer (23-10) in 4:48. 

145 Regional Champion Payton Scott (18-4) pinned Westmoore's Trey Painter (32-10) in 3:52.  

160 Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma (32-11) scored an 8-3 decision over Sam Hensley (31-13) of Edmond Memorial.  

170 Trace Fleischman (10-4) placed fourth at Regionals but rebounded big time at State with a 3-1 upset of West Regional Champion Jacob Schimmels (23-6) of Edmond. 

The top three teams are as close now as they have been all season with Broken Arrow at 25.5, Choctaw at 25, and Sand Springs at 23.5.  

The semi finals will begin at 7:15.  

Clayton Giddens places 5th at Flo Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sixteen Team Big wrestlers showed up to the 2016 Flo Nationals last weekend at Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa. The national-caliber junior high event pitted over 2000 wrestlers from more than 40 states against each other in five age divisions. 

Of the sixteen Sand Springs-area athletes, only one managed to place in the tough tournament. Clayton Giddens is a Mannford kid for now, but competes as part of Sand Springs's Team Big wrestling club.

Competing in Division III at 58 pounds, Clayton Giddens drew Illinois Intermediate Freestyle State Champion Dominick Marre (Gomez Wrestling Academy) in the first round, and teched him 15-0. Next up was 5X Virginia Challenge State Champion Noah Nininger (Virginia Elite) who only fared slightly better against the young beast, and went down by 12-0 major decision.

The next match, however, wouldn't be so easy. Luke Lilledahl (Purler Wrestling Academy) defeated our boy by a narrow 4-1 decision. The St. Louis stud is no one to be ashamed of losing to, however. In the last year, Lilledahl has won national titles at both USAW and ASICS, and he went on to take first at Flo also.

Giddens rebounded quickly with a 9-0 major decision over 2015 OKWA Division II State Champion Bryson Humphries, then defeated Minnesota Intermediate State Champion Mason Mills 6-0.

In the consolation semi-finals Giddens was defeated 6-0 by Davis Motyka of Kingston, Pennsylvania, but won the fifth place match over 2016 Cotton Bowl Nationals Champion and 2015 USJOC Runner-Up Eli Biermann of Midlothian, Texas by 9-3 decision. 

Giddens is the 2015 USJOC Division III Champion, OKWA State Championship Runner-Up, Sand Springs Freestyle/Greco Champion, USAOK Broken Arrow Freestyle Champion, OK USA Cushing Freestyle Champion, Owasso Tournament Champion, Sapulpa Tournament Champion, Glenpool Tournament Champion, and SS Team Big Tournament Champion. He also placed third at the Cotton Bowl Nationals, third at the Southern Plains Regional Freestyle Tournament, seventh at the ASICS/USAW Kids Freestyle Nationals, and sixth at the Flo Kickoff Classic.

He's already off to a great start in 2016, taking Runner-Up at the US Junior Open Championships, and first at the Berryhill Tournament. Last year he didn't place at all at the Flo Nationals, so a fifth place finish this year shows the young warrior is already working on an even more impressive resume for the new year.

Other Flo Nationals Team Big results are as follows:

Division I: Ages 6 & Under

49 Jayden Bussell

  • pinned in 0:39 by James Pahl (Olympus Wrestling)
  • defeated Kolby Wickham 6-3
  • pinned in 2:56 by Grey Williams (Lions Den)

Division II: Ages 8 & Under

43 Jaxon Grigsby

  • majored 12-2 by Alex Rodriguez (SOT Academy)
  • defeated 6-0 by Nicholas Garcia (Gomez Wrestling Academy)

55 Hunter Spencer

  • pinned in 1:52 by Manuel Amaro (POWA)
  • defeated 6-0 by Josef Garshnick (Lions Den)

61 Zane Swafford

  • defeated Trent Eck (Team Brawlers) 8-6
  • defeated by 7-2 sudden victory to Sean Stanton (Nebraska Boyz)
  • defeated Tharyn Hausler (Team Tulsa) 6-0
  • defeated 7-2 by Hayden Wright (Yukon Youth Wrestling)

75 Jaxon Trotter

  • defeated 6-2 by Carter Burnett (Wellington Youth WC)
  • defeated Elijah Schunke (Colorado Elite) 4-2
  • defeated 12-6 by Cale McPeek (Team Guthrie)

Division III: Ages 10 & Under

52 Jackson Martin

  • teched 16-0 by Dale OBlia (Pomona Elite)
  • pinned in 2:32 by Javin Douglas (Yukon Youth Wrestling)

52 Michael Johnson

  • defeated Andrew Beeson (Winfield WC) 6-3
  • majored 10-1 by Brandon Morvari (Pinnacle) 
  • defeated Javin Douglas (Yukon Youth Wrestling) 3-1
  • defeated 5-1 by Jacob Bond (Chattooga Indians)

52 Zander Grigsby

  • teched 21-4 by Aydan Thomas (Texas School of Wrestling)
  • defeated Cole Welte (MWC Wrestling Academy) 4-0 
  • majored Hank Kriegler (MWC Wrestling Academy) 8-0
  • pinned in 2:37 by Miles Anderson (Nebraska Boyz)

64 Mitchell Smith

  • pinned Zao Estrada (SOT Academy) in 2:17
  • majored Lane Snyder (Pleasant Hill Youth Wrestling) 14-0
  • pinned in 1:28 by Brady Ison (Contenders Wrestling Academy)
  • defeated 4-0 by Brock Coleman (Greater Heights Wrestling)

110 James Winn

  • pinned in 1:29 by Payton Pierce 
  • defeated 7-0 by Garrett Ritter (Cowboy WC) 

Heavyweight Tyler Smith

  • pinned in 0:16 by Hayden Boyett (Muldrow Bulldog Pride)
  • pinned in 1:28 by Samuel Reynolds (Best Trained Wrestling) 

Division IV: Ages 12 & Under

64 Owen Martin

  • defeated Jason Athey (Dark Knights) by 4-2 sudden victory decision
  • majored 12-0 by Jore Volk (Pinnacle)
  • pinned Caden Holman (Choctaw) in 5:00
  • pinned in 0:30 by Justin Wells (Dethrone)

80 Sammy Naugle

  • teched 18-2 by Drew Lang (Team Legacy) 
  • defeated 6-0 by Jordan Bobier (MWC Wrestling Academy)

84 Ethan Norton

  • pinned in 1:29 by Dominic Hargrove (SOT Academy)
  • pinned in 1:50 by Nicholas Schutz (KWA Bulldogs)

92 Blake Jones

  • pinned in 2:23 by Nic Bouzakis (Team Greco)
  • defeated Logan Adamson (Bettendorf Bulldogs) 5-2
  • defeated 7-2 by Tanner Leonard (Hannibal Youth Wrestling)

World Champion Kyle Snyder visits Sand Springs Wrestling Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sand Springs has more than its fair share of great wrestlers right here in town. Saturday, however, we were blessed with the opportunity to host the youngest FILA junior world champion from America in more than 20 years.

Sand Springs' Team BIG hosted Kyle Snyder as their weekly technician and the champ put on a technique clinic before the Team Big tournament at Ed Dubie Field House Saturday morning. 

Snyder is only 20 years old, and last year he won his title in Las Vegas at only 19. In his first three years of high school he amassed a staggering 179-0 record to win 3 state championships in Maryland. His senior year he decided to forgo high school wrestling and compete internationally as a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

As an Ohio State Buckeye freshman Snyder became the NCAA runner-up. Now Snyder is taking an Olympic red shirt to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Pictured is Snyder signing autographs for the young people at Saturday's event. The novice portion of the tournament just began at 12:30 so it's not too late to go cheer on Sand Springs's Team Big and meet Snyder.