All-Americans Cody and Jack Karstetter to hold wrestling clinic in Sand Springs

Jack Karstetter celebrates after winning the 6A State Championship in 2017.

Jack Karstetter celebrates after winning the 6A State Championship in 2017.

“Coach Karstetter” ought to have a familiar ring to it by now. Alan Karstetter headed the Sandite wrestling team for 24 seasons, and now, two of his grandsons will be returning to their alma mater to do some coaching.

Brothers Cody and Jack Karstetter will be holding a wrestling clinic Monday, July 29th, at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs. The two are CPHS alumni who have had extensive success at the high school, college, and international level in all three major styles of wrestling.

Cody Karstetter graduated CPHS in 2015 with a 117-27 career record, including 64 pins, 8 technical falls, and 12 major decisions. He won six tournament titles in his career, including the 6A-East Regional Championship. He won medals all four years at State, including second-place finishes in 2012 and 2015.

Cody has earned All-American status at the USAW National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota four times. He last competed in 2015 and took 6th place in Greco and 8th in Freestyle.

Cody owns a 38-10 college record and is entering his senior season at the University of Central Oklahoma. He was recruited out of high school by the University of North Carolina, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma. He took a medical redshirt at OU then spent at year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He placed 8th at the NJCAA National Championships in his lone season at NEO.

Jack Karstetter graduated in 2017 with a 107-16 record, including 38 falls, 10 technical falls, and 17 major decisions. He won nine tournaments in his career, including three Regional titles. He qualified for State three times, coming in second in 2016 and winning gold in 2017.

Jack is also a four-time Fargo All-American. In 2017 he placed 6th in Junior Greco and 8th in Freestyle. He also placed second in UWW Cadet Greco and earned silver at the Pan-American Championship in Lima, Peru in 2016.

Jack went 31-5 as a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before taking a year off. He won four tournaments and placed seventh at the NJCAA National Championships, helping the Golden Norsemen to a team title in 2018. He will return to the mat this winter at Labette Community College.

The three-hour Sand Springs clinic will be held Monday, July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Charles Page High School wrestling facilities. It is open to the public at a cost of $20 per athlete.

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. 

CPHS Senior Daton Fix attains #1 ranking in USA pound-for-pound

Four-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix hasn't lost a match in the U.S. since October of 2015.

Four-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix hasn't lost a match in the U.S. since October of 2015.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Daton Fix is a household name in Sand Springs by now. Every serious high school wrestling fan in the United States is at least somewhat aware of him, and every year his name-recognition increases worldwide as he racks up the hardware at junior and senior level freestyle events across the globe.

Fix has held the #1 ranking from FloWrestling in the 132-pound weight class since June, but after finishing his high school career undefeated as a four-time State Champion, he has now climbed to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings as well.

The previous #1 was Iowa University-signed senior Spencer Lee.

Fix and Lee have held very similar careers these past four years. The two first met in May of 2013 at the Cadet Freestyle Nationals in the 110-pound weight class. Lee rolled to a 13-2 technical fall for the National title.

Two years later it was Fix's turn, winning a 9-6 decision for the Championship. Since then, the Pennsylvania State Champion has won a pair of gold medals at the World Championships while the Oklahoman won bronze the past two years. 

So what pushed Fix past Lee in the rankings? How he finished in high school. While Fix concluded his undefeated career with a 168-0 record and four State Championships, Lee lost his final match to end as a three-time State Champ and four-time finalist with a 144-1 record.

Lee could still easily make his case to remain number one, however. His loss was to a no-joke opponent in Drexel-signed senior Austin Desanto, who was then ranked fourth in the nation at their weight class. Furthermore, though he refuses to use it as an excuse, Lee was wrestling with a torn ACL in his right knee. 

In the latest Flo rankings, Fix moved from third to first, while Lee dropped from first to third. Second-ranked Cornell-signed senior Yianni Diakomihalis held his spot. Diakomihalis and Fix have split decisions in the past. Diakomihalis defeated Fix 5-0 in the 2014 Super 32 finals, but Fix won a 3-1 overtime decision for the FloNationals Folkstyle Championship in 2015. Diakomihalis finished his career with a 243-3 record but didn't compete for the State Championship due to a broken elbow. 

While the odds of meeting the 145-pound Diakomihalis is college is unlikely, it's very likely we could see Fix and Lee meet again, either at the collegiate level or in national/international freestyle competitions.

For now, the only four-time State Champion in Sandite history has certainly lived up to his Twitter handle of "Greatest Ever." At least, greatest ever in Sand Springs. But the State Championships were just small stepping stones in his ultimate quest for Olympic Gold. He'll get his first shot in Tokyo in 2020, but till then he'll have to be content with being the #1 wrestler in America, and maybe win a few NCAA Division One titles for Oklahoma State University along the way.

Daton Fix titles:

2X Oklahoma Junior High State Champion
2X USAW Schoolboy Freestyle National Champion
2X USAW Schoolboy Greco-Roman National Champion
2012 USAW Preseason Middle School National Champion
2013 USAW Cadet Greco-Roman National Champion
2013 USAW Cadet Freestyle National Champion
2014 USAW Cadet Folkstyle National Champion
2014 Cadet Greco-Roman Pan American Champion
2014 Cadet Freestyle Pan American Champion
2014 Youth Olympics Freestyle Silver Medalist
2015 Junior Folkstyle FloNationals Champion
2X UWW Cadet Freestyle National Champion
2015 USAW Junior Freestyle National Champion
2016 Cadet Worlds Freestyle Bronze Medalist
2X Jay Hancock Memorial Champion
2X UWW Junior Freestyle National Champion
2016 Junior Worlds Freestyle Bronze Medalist
4X Perry Tournament Champion
4X Kansas City Stampede Champion
2X Geary Invitational Champion
4X Jerry Billings-Bobby Lyons Champion
4X OSSAA 6A-East Regional Champion
4X OSSAA 6A State Champion

10 Sand Springs kids take first at Claremore, Jaxton Grundy pins 4 in 1:39

CORRECTION: This article initially identified Adrian Flores as having pinned four kids in 1:39. Jaxton Grundy pinned four opponents in 1:39. Flores also pinned four opponents, but he did it in 6:34. 

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sand Springs Team Big elementary wrestling traveled to Claremore earlier this month for an Oklahoma USA Wrestling event. 34 kids competed and ten took first place in their respective divisions. The young Sandites had nine win their brackets in the upper division and Jaxton Grundy took third in his bracket in Novice with a team-best four pins in only 1:39 total. 

Jaxon Grigsby (4-0) competed in Division 2 Open at 49 pounds and took first place in his first tournament of the season. He defeated Ashlyn Masters (Pryor) 14-10, received a forfeit from Easton Smith (Broken Arrow), pinned Conner Holly (Cowboy WC) in 1:08, and pinned Donald Sanders (Terminator WC) in 0:57. 

Adrian Flores (5-2) competed in Division 3 Novice at 100 pounds and took first place for the first time this year. He pinned Colby Hodges (Sapulpa) in 0:19, Jackson O'Kelley (Cushing) in 1:32, Reeder Ledbetter (J4 WC) in 2:57, and David Cooper (Bartlesville) in 1:46.

Owen Martin (5-0) competed in Division 4 Open at 70 pounds and took first place for his second-straight tournament. He defeated Corban Zugelder (Catoosa) 6-4, won a close 4-3 decision over teammate Mitchell Smith, and wrapped it up with a 5-2 win over Landyn Sommer (Cowboy WC).

Clayton Giddens (3-0) competed in Division 4 Open at 64 pounds and took first place. He defeated Caydon Miller (Sapulpa) by 12-1 major decision, then pinned Andrew Havens (Sperry) in 1:07. He secured the first place finish with a 20-4 technical fall over Canyon Curtis (Collinsville).

Will Meredith (5-2) competed in Division 2 Open at 43 pounds and took first place. He won his first two matches 6-2 over Jared Hooe (Bentonville) and Alden Rockacy (Rogers), then defeated Ty Walter (R.A.W.) 6-4 in sudden victory. 

Grady Mittasch (4-0) competed in Division 3 Open at 70 pounds and took first place for his second-straight tournament. He pinned Bo Ware (Cleveland) in 0:56 and Blade Walden (Muskogee) in 2:32.

Tabor Reiss (2-0) competed in Division 1 Open at 37 pounds and took first place in his first tournament of the year. He defeated Calib Anderson (Terminator WC) 7-2 and pinned Ivy Mullin (Stilwell) in 0:38.

Josh Taylor (2-0) competed in Division 5 Open, the oldest division, at 113 pounds and drew only two competitors. He pinned Nicholas Choquette (J4 WC) in 1:59 and Nathan Dekker (Cleveland) in 2:02 for first place.

Abraham Flores (2-0) competed in Division 4 Open at 100 pounds and drew only two competitors. He pinned Marcos Thomas (Cowboy WC) in 0:31 and Zack Cooper (Stilwell) in 1:24 for first place. 

Luke Burdette (2-0) competed in Division 4 Open at 130 pounds and drew only two competitors. He pinned Colt Carr (Sapulpa) in 2:52 and Veronica Cooper in 0:33 for first place.

Zander Grigsby (4-1) competed in Division 3 Open at 58 pounds and took second place. He defeated Keegan Herring (Sperry) 5-0, and won a 15-0 tech fall over Dave Moyle (Bentonville) before falling 4-2 to Ashton Davis (Muskogee) in a sudden victory round. He rebounded with a 2:35 pin of James Shelton (Perry) and decisioned Kyler Auten (Sperry) 11-4.

Jaxton Grundy (4-1) competed in Division 1 Novice at 43 pounds and took third place. He pinned Matthew Harper (Cushing) in 0:12 and Jagger Welch (Bristow) in 0:14 before giving up a 15-10 decision to Landon Woodard (Sperry). From there he picked up an 0:10 pin over Scout Chandler (Claremore) and a 1:38 pin of Christion Glendening (Muskogee). 

London McGinnis (4-1) competed in Division 1 Novice at 46 pounds and took third place. He pinned Raymond Champlain (Muskogee) in 0:14 and Santos Valencia (Collinsville) in 0:12 before giving up a 9-8 decision to Blake Ketcher (Pryor). From there he pinned teammate Aaerick Collins in 0:18 and Kash Atchley (Claremore) in 0:55. 

Rhett Peak (3-1) competed in Division 4 Open at 76 pounds and took second place. He won his opening match with a 5-0 decision over teammate Wyatt Meredith, pinned Micaiah Russell (Collinsville) in 0:25, and majored Kip Castor (Renegade WC) 11-0 before falling 11-6 to Caidan Poff (Sapulpa).

Joshua Spurgeon (3-1) competed in Division 3 Novice at 52 pounds and took third place. He lost his opening match 5-4 to Elijah Wilson (Claremore), but rebounded with a 10-4 decision over Tanner Anderson (Ponca City). He went on to defeat Shelby Horner (Sapulpa) 19-4 and Dalton Lunn (Claremore) 15-6. 

Evan Williams (2-1) competed in Division 3 Novice at 85 pounds and took second place. He pinned Christopher Harris (Owasso) in 0:27 and Hayden Garrett (Owasso) in 0:35, but lost 17-0 to Liam Church (Muskogee). 

Bryson Jones (2-1) competed in Division 2 Novice at 43 pounds and took second place. He won a 22-7 tech fall over Santos Valencia (Collinsville) and an 11-6 decision over Parker Peak (Collinsville) before falling in 0:19 to Cody Horner (Sapulpa). 

Jackson Martin (5-2) competed in Division 3 Open at 52 pounds and took third place. He pinned teammate Ayreson Reiss in 2:28, and won a 15-0 tech fall over Christian Cue, but gave up a 9-1 major decision to Jagen Jones (Sperry) and a 9-2 decision to Simon Hartline (Renegade) before defeating Tanner Putt 2-0. 

Jaxon Trotter (3-2) competed in Division 3 Open at 85 pounds and took third place. He won a 9-0 major decision over Ezekiel Enlow (Muskogee), pinned Cade Sims (Bentonville) in 2:33, and majored Brice Chitwood 12-0 before falling in 0:32 to Ladarion Lockett (Cowboy WC) and giving up a close 7-6 decision to Jake Miller (Threestyle WC).

Aaerick Collins (3-2) competed in Division 1 Novice at 46 pounds and didn't place. He pinned Jerzy Wren (Claremore) in 2:00, but was majored 12-2 by Andrew York (Terminator WC). From there he decisioned Trevor Bruner (Claremore) 11-6 and pinned Raymond Champlain (Muskogee) in 1:13 before falling in 0:18 to teammate London McGinnis.

Bently Furr (4-2) competed in Division 1 Novice at 55 pounds and took fourth place. He pinned JayPaul Welch (Bristow) in 2:35 before giving up an 0:33 pin to Anthony Easterling (Bentonville). He pinned Xander Maggard (Sperry) in 1:33 but was majored 13-0 in the placement round against Welch. 

Wyatt Meredith (3-3) competed in Division 4 Open at 76 pounds and took third place. He lost his opening match to teammate Rhett Peak by 5-0 decision, but rebounded with a 16-0 tech fall over Kip Castor (Renegade WC). From there he gave up an 0:27 pin to Caidan Poff (Sapulpa), but finished strong with an 0:29 pin of Micaiah Russell (Collinsville).

Mitchell Smith (2-4) competed in Division 4 Open at 70 pounds and took third place. He lost in a 6-0 decision to Landyn Sommer (Cowboy WC) then gave up a close 4-3 match to teammate Owen Martin before finishing out with a 4-2 win over Corban Zugelder (Catoosa).

Sammy Naugle (2-3) competed in Division 4 Open at 88 pounds and took third place. He lost his first match 6-2 to Kendall Jones (Renegade) but won 2-2 over teammate Ethan Norton in an ultimate tie-breaker before falling in 3:36 to Kai Shultz (Claremore).

Ethan Norton (3-2) competed in Division 4 Open at 88 pounds and took fourth place. He was pinned in 0:52 by Kai Shultz (Claremore) and lost 2-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker to teammate Sammy Naugle before securing a 4-3 decision over Kendall Jones (Renegade WC).

Asher Giddens (1-2) competed in Division 1 Open at 40 pounds and didn't place. He received a forfeit to start, but was pinned in 2:45 by Jayden Beard (Sperry) and in 0:58 by Camden Runnels (Wildcat Takedown Club). 

Rowdy Ash (1-2) competed in Division 1 Novice at 40 pounds and didn't place. He pinned Chevy Ornder (Owasso) in 3:00, but was in turn pinned in 1:36 by Michael Street (Bartlesville) and 0:50 by Colten Sims (Sapulpa).

Blayton Collins (2-4) competed in Division 2 Novice at 55 pounds and took third place. He was pinned in 1:34 by Ari Jones (Claremore) and 1:15 by Bryce Burk (Cleveland) before winning a 7-4 decision over Maleah Zinn (Muskogee). 

Ayreson Reiss (1-4) competed in Division 3 Open at 52 pounds and took fifth place. He was pinned in 2:28 by teammate Jackson Martin and 3:22 by Simon Hartline before securing a 15-2 major decision over Christian Cue (Sapulpa). From there he was pinned in 0:50 by Tanner Putt and 0:52 by Jagen Jones.

Christian Forbes (2-2) competed in Division 5 Open at 76 pounds and drew only one competitor. He was injured in his first match against Guy Clevenger (Catoosa) and had to forfeit the second. 

Hunter Dressler (0-2) competed in Division 5 Open at heavyweight and drew only one competitor. He was defeated 4-0 by Taggart Butler (J4 WC) in the first round, then pinned in 2:47.

Blake Stewart (0-2) competed in Division 3 Open at 67 pounds and didn't place. He was pinned in 0:45 by Dylan Abbott (Sperry) and 1:15 by Jake Wassom (Pryor).

Braxton McGinnis (0-4) competed in Division 2 Open at 55 pounds and took fifth place. He was defeated 6-1 by Braxton Maggard (Sperry), 8-4 by Kale Fruits (Bristow), 16-0 by Gavin Wallace (R.A.W.), and was pinned in 1:09 by Jagen Jones (Sperry). 

Seven Sand Springs Elementary wrestlers take first place at Cushing Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Several members of the Sand Springs Team Big wrestling team traveled to the Halloween Takedown Tournament in Cushing last month and seven took first place in their respective divisions. The Oklahoma USA Youth Wrestling League event featured five age divisions with Open and Novice classifications in each. 

Christian Forbes (2-0) competed in Division 5 Open, the oldest division, at 76 pounds and drew only one competitor. He pinned Corban Zugelder (Catoosa) twice in a best-of-three competition for first place with times of 3:00 and 1:31.

Owen Martin (2-0) competed in Division 4 Open at 67 pounds and drew only one competitor. He pinned Rhyder Morrow (Cushing) in 0:52 and 0:44 for first place. 

Ethan Norton (2-0) competed in Division 4 Open at 88 pounds and drew two competitors, both from his team. He pinned Jacob Lewis in 1:57 and Sammy Naugle in 3:00 for first place. 

Jackson Martin (2-0) competed in Division 3 Open at 52 pounds and drew only one competitor. He pinned Kevin Mongo West (Ponca City) in 0:46 and 0:54 for first place.

Robert Burke (2-0) competed in Division 3 Open at 64 pounds and drew only one competitor. He pinned Cache Pierson (Bristow) in 2:31 and 1:34 for first place.

Grady Mittasch (2-0) competed in Division 3 Open at 70 pounds and drew only one competitor. He pinned Bo Ware (Cleveland) in 1:16 and 0:55 for first place.

Bently Furr (2-0) competed in Division 1 Novice at 60 pounds and drew only one competitor. He pinned John Harvill (Cushing) in 1:06 and 0:34  for first place.

Jacob Burdette (2-1) competed in Division 5 Open at 113 pounds and took second place. He pinned Teague Fittje (Cushing) in 1:24 and Tyson Rivas (Standfast WC) in 3:00 before falling in 1:18 to Hayden Lemmons (Cushing).

Will Meredith (2-2) competed in Division 2 Open at 46 pounds and took fourth place. He defeated Austin Kennedy (Cushing) by 10-0 major decision before giving up a 4-2 loss to Landon Earp (Chandler). He rebounded with a close 9-8 decision over Ty Yocham (Bristow) but was majored 11-0 by Blake Cooper (Cleveland).

Mitchell Smith (1-2) competed in Division 4 Open at 70 pounds and took third place. He won his first match 4-2 over Kaiser Simpson (Cushing), but was pinned in 3:00 by Landyn Sommer (Cowboy WC) and 2:45 by Corban Zugelder (Catoosa).

Adrian Flores (1-2) competed in Division 3 Open at 110 pounds and took third place. He pinned Paden Diese Pearson (Bristow) in 2:59 in the opening round, but was pinned in return in 1:56 by Bryson Kelley (Cushing) and 3:00 by Shaun Franks (Cowboy WC). 

Blayton Collins (1-2) competed in Division 2 Novice at 55 pounds and took third place. He pinned Cadyn Dodson (Cushing) in 2:31,  but fell in 1:17 to Devyn Main (Cushing) and 3:00 to Jaiden Stibbens (Cushing).

Wyatt Meredith (1-1) competed in Division 4 Open at 76 pounds and won second place. He pinned Rye Henley in 2:19, but was pinned in return by Caiden Poff (Sapulpa) in 1:55.

Sammy Naugle (1-1) competed in Division 4 at 88 pounds and won second place. He pinned teammate Jacob Lewis in 1:57, but was in turn pinned in 3:00 by teammate Ethan Norton.

Sam Harris (0-2) competed in Division 5 Open at 120 pounds and took third place. He fell in 2:35 to Blake Gonzalez (BA) and 3:00 to Michael Harjo (Sapulpa).

Jacob Lewis (0-2) competed in Division 4 Open at 88 pounds and took third place. He fell in 1:57 to teammates Ethan Norton and Sammy Naugle. 

Kaden Glass (0-0) signed up for heavyweight in Division 5 Open but drew no competitors. 

Abraham Flores (0-0) signed up for 100 pounds in Division 4 Open but drew no competitors. 

Sand Springs sends four to USAW National Championship, Riley Weir places fourth in Freestyle

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Two Sandites competed at the 2016 USAW Junior Men's Greco-Roman Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota this past week. Charles Page High School senior Jack Karstetter placed eighth in the tournament. Class of 2016 graduate Sage Singleton also competed, but didn't place.

Karstetter and Singleton were joined by Sophomore Riley Weir and Senior Michael Ritchey for the Freestyle competition.

The USA Wrestling event is considered by many to be the most prestigious national tournament a Cadet or Junior-aged wrestler can compete in. 

Karstetter rode an impressive wave of victories into the event. In February he came in Runner-Up at the Oklahoma High School State Championship, then came in Runner-Up at the United World of Wrestling Cadet Greco Nationals in June. Earlier this month he competed at the Cadet Pan-American Championship in Lima, Peru and took Silver.

At Fargo Karstetter stepped up to a higher age-division and competed at the Junior level in the 126 pounds bracket.

The Sandite got off to a great start with back-to-back 10-0 technical falls. The first opponent to fall was two-time Arizona State-Placer Tanner Borneman, followed by Kyle Clough of Illinois. He had a tough quarterfinal matchup in former Flonationals Champion Cole Manley, but prevailed with a 6-2 decision over the Pennsylvanian. 

Karstetter finally met his match in the semifinals against West Virginia University freshman Matthew Schmitt. The two-time Fargo Runner-Up and three-time Missouri State Champion defeated the Sandite by decision and went on to win the tournament. 

Moving to the consolation quarterfinals, Karstetter won a close 10-9 decision over three-time Montana State Champion Clayton Currier. From there he was defeated 7-1 by UWW National Champion Paul Bianchi and 12-8 by four-time Kansas State Qualifier Taylor Jokerst, but secured eighth place and All-American status for the second year in a row. 

Singleton competed at 120 pounds and was eliminated after two matches. In the first round he was pinned in 0:34 by former Fargo Runner-Up Brandon Meikel of Utah. In the consolations he was teched 10-0 by Marquel Parks of Washington. The winner of the 120 bracket was fellow Oklahoma Dalton Duffield of Westmoore High School.

Weir made an impressive return to action in the Freestyle competition.

The State Qualifier has been recovering from an elbow injury since February but you wouldn’t know it based on his performance at the prestigious tournament. Weir made a brief appearance at the Junior National Duals in Tulsa last month, but only wrestled three matches.

He kicked off the contest with a 10-0 tech fall over Luc Valdez of Illinois and followed it up with a 16-6 tech over Arkansas State Champion Christopher Whisenant.

In the quarterfinals Weir fell 14-4 to Northern Plains Champion Matthew Petersen, but worked his way up through the consolation bracket with three straight wins.

Texas’s Chris Thomas fell 14-2, Illinois Freestyle State Champion Anthony King fell 10-0, and New York Freestyle State Champion Brandon Nunez lost by an ultimate tie breaker. The winning streak finally came to an end with a 17-5 loss to UWW Cadet National Runner-Up Cevion Severado.

Karstetter got off to a great start with four straight victories before being eliminated with back-to-back losses. He scored tech falls of 10-0 and 12-2 over Hawaii’s Ryan Wahl and North Carolina Freestyle State Champion Caleb Kreitter, respectively. He picked up a high quality win with a 5-4 decision over three-time Kansas State Finalist Corbin Nirschl, and followed it up with a 12-10 decision over Colorado’s Zeke Alirez.

Karstetter finally met his match in nationally-ranked No. 20 Zachary Sherman of New Jersey in an 11-6 decision. Once again he was pitted against Schmitt and WVU wrestler prevailed again, 10-0.

Ritchey won his first match 10-0 over Utah’s Kaden Love but fell in his next match to USAW Greco National Runner-Up Gabriel Townsell of Illinois. He was eliminated by fellow Okie Trey Edwards of Mustang.

Singleton was defeated 10-0 by Codi Russell and Trevon Majette.

Seven-time USAW National Champion (three-time Greco, four-time Freestyle) Daton Fix didn’t defend his Fargo title this year and instead is spending time at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to prepare for the World Championship inMacone, France.

All-American Jack Karstetter places eighth at USAW National Championship

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Two Sandites competed at the 2016 USAW Junior Men's Greco-Roman Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota this week. Charles Page High School senior Jack Karstetter placed eighth in the tournament. Class of 2016 graduate Sage Singleton also competed, but didn't place.

The USA Wrestling event is considered by many to be the most prestigious national tournament a Cadet or Junior-aged wrestler can compete in. 

Karstetter rode an impressive wave of victories into the event. In February he came in Runner-Up at the Oklahoma High School State Championship, then came in Runner-Up at the United World of Wrestling Cadet Greco Nationals in June. Earlier this month he competed at the Cadet Pan-American Championship in Lima, Peru and took Silver.

At Fargo Karstetter stepped up to a higher age-division and competed at the Junior level in the 126 pounds bracket.

The Sandite got off to a great start with back-to-back 10-0 technical falls. The first opponent to fall was two-time Arizona State-Placer Tanner Borneman, followed by Kyle Clough of Illinois. He had a tough quarterfinal matchup in former Flonationals Champion Cole Manley, but prevailed with a 6-2 decision over the Pennsylvanian. 

Karstetter finally met his match in the semifinals against West Virginia University freshman Matthew Schmitt. The two-time Fargo Runner-Up and three-time Missouri State Champion defeated the Sandite by decision and went on to win the tournament. 

Moving to the consolation quarterfinals, Karstetter won a close 10-9 decision over three-time Montana State Champion Clayton Currier. From there he was defeated 7-1 by UWW National Champion Paul Bianchi and 12-8 by four-time Kansas State Qualifier Taylor Jokerst, but secured eighth place and All-American status for the second year in a row. 

Singleton competed at 120 pounds and was eliminated after two matches. In the first round he was pinned in 0:34 by former Fargo Runner-Up Brandon Meikel of Utah. In the consolations he was teched 10-0 by Marquel Parks of Washington. The winner of the 120 bracket was fellow Oklahoma Dalton Duffield of Westmoore High School.

Daton Fix competes at Gran Premio De Espana in Madrid, Spain

PHOTO: COURTESY\\ Fix takes down Kuatbek at the 2014 Youth Olympics. 

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Daton Fix’s 67-straight win streak finally came to an end at 3:00 am Oklahoma time Saturday, June 9th. 

The three-time undefeated State Champion and soon to be senior at CPHS traveled to Madrid, Spain for his first Senior-level event this past weekend and got pitted against a youth Olympic champion in the first round.

Fix is currently ranked number one in the nation in the junior age division (born 1996-1998) but wrestled up to senior level (born 1996 or before) in order to face off against some of the toughest competitors in the world.

Of the ten wrestlers competing at 57 kilograms, two are ranked in the top ten in the world, and all have impressive international resumes.

Fix failed to make repechage, meaning he only wrestled one match. His opponent was Mukhambet Kuatbek, a nineteen-year-old from Kazakhstan who he has met once before.

In 2014 at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, Mukhambet prevailed over Fix in the 54 kg finals for the Gold medal. That time Kuatbek took a 6-1 lead before Fix battled back to within a point for a 7-6 finish.

This time it was far slower and far lower-scoring, but equally close. Neither wrestler scored a takedown or a turn throughout the match, but ultimately Kuatbek once again edged out the US wrestler by a single point for a 2-1 decision.

Kuatbek was in turn defeated by eventual champion Erdenebat Bekhbayar of Mongolia, who is ranked sixth internationally.

Fix and Team USA as a whole both placed eighth in the competition.

Fix departed for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on Sunday.

Greatest Ever? Daton Fix reaches #1 ranking in the USA

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Flowrestling released their first updated national rankings since the last high school season concluded. After removing graduates and factoring summer Freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions, several Oklahomans have moved up or entered the rankings for the first time. Sand Springs's Daton Fix is now the top wrestler in the nation at 120 pounds.

Fix spent the entirety of last season in the number two spot behind New Jersey's Nick Suriano, who will be headed to Penn State in the fall. Fix and Suriano have a split record with one win each. Suriano won the most recent match, which also happens to be the longest match ever. Hopefully we'll get to see a rematch one day at the collegiate level.

Speaking of college, Fix recently release his college shortlist. The soon-to-be senior is currently considering offers from Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Penn State, Ohio State, and Nebraska.

Here's a look at Fix's wrestling record.

Before ever reaching the High School level in 2013, Fix already had quite the impressive resume. In 2011 he won the USA Wrestling Kids Schoolboy National Championship in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman, amassing a 58-2 record for the year. His only losses were to Hunter Marko and Eric Hong, both of which he defeated in best-of-three rounds. Marko is now at the University of Minnesota and Hong will be at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

In 2012 Fix placed Runner-Up in the USA Wrestling Kids Folkstyle Schoolboy Nationals after a 2-1 loss to Chad Red. Red finished his high school career ranked #1 and is headed to Nebraska this fall. That would be the only loss of the year for Fix, who went on to finish 79-1 with USAW National Championships in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman, as well as the Cliff Keen USAW Preseason National Middle School Championship. 

2013 was the summer before Fix's freshman year and he continued to rack up the hardware. He came in Runner-Up at the FILA Cadet Freestyle Nationals after a 13-2 loss to Spencer Lee who is a multi-time World Champion at both the Cadet and Junior levels. Fix got payback on Lee with a pair of victories in 2015. Fix won the USAW Cadet Nationals in both Freestyle and Greco Roman and finished the summer 37-2. His other loss was 15-11 to Kyle Bierdumpfel who is headed to Harvard this fall.

In the fall of 2013, Fix embarked on one of the most impressive high school careers in State history. He finished the season 33-0, an undefeated State Champion for CPHS.

Springboarding from the High School success, Fix traveled the world in the summer of 2014. He swept the USAW Cadet Folkstyle Nationals, then traveled to Brazil for the Pan American Championships, which he won in both Freestyle and Greco. Returning to America, Fix won the FILA Freestyle Nationals with a 1-1 decision over Suriano. At the Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, Fix won yet another National Championship to earn his way to the World Championships in Slovakia, where he placed tenth. At the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Fix won a silver medal with his only loss being a 7-6 decision to Mukhambet Kuatbek of Kazakhstan. 

After returning to America, Fix accepted an invitation to the Who's #1 event where he got a rematch against Suriano. This time the Jersey wrestler came out on top with a 3-1 sudden victory decision after wrestling the longest match in history. The Who's #1 event had no overtime-limit and Suriano didn't get the victory till 32 minutes and 12 seconds in. Fix came in second at the Super 32 event that year with a 5-0 loss to Yianni Diakomihalis, who is currently ranked number one at 138 pounds.

In his sophomore year at Charles Page, Fix went undefeated once again with a 40-0 record for his second-straight 6A State Championship.

Summer of 2015 saw a Junior Folkstyle National Championship, a Junior Freestyle National Championship, a Cadet Freestyle National Championship, and an undefeated streak at the Junior Freestyle Duals where he helped Team Oklahoma to a National Title. At the United World of Wrestling Junior World Team Trials, Fix lost twice to Northwestern University freshman Stevan Micic, whom he had just defeated 10-0 for his Junior Freestyle Title a month earlier. Despite the losses to Micic, Fix didn't slow down in rebuilding a massive streak that didn't come to an end till the Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia where he took bronze.

Fix's junior year placed him in the most elite club of Sand Springs wrestlers as the first wrestler since, and only wrestler besides, David McGuire to win three State Championships. For the third straight year, he did it undefeated with a 45-0 record.

Since the school session ended, Fix's winning streak hasn't. Twenty-three straight summer wins brings his overall streak to 68-straight with a 46-0 record for 2016. He won the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals and went undefeated with the Oklahoma Junior Freestyle Dual team. 

On the horizon for Fix now is a senior level competition in the Spanish Grand Prix, followed by the Fargo Nationals and the UWW World Championship in Macon, France.

Fix has already earned his way into the annals of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and even USA wrestling history, and he hasn't even started his senior year of high school. The young stud claims the Twitter handle "Greatest Ever," and needless to say, all of Sand Springs is rooting for it to be true.

Overall, Oklahoma boasts a roster of thirteen nationally ranked high schoolers.

Canon Randall of Westmoore is ranked #14 in 106.
Colt Newton of Choctaw is ranked #16 in 113.
Paxton Rosen of Edmond North and Jet Taylor of Sallisaw are ranked #9 and #18 respectively in 120.
Roderick Mosley of Heritage Hall is ranked #16 in 132.
Kaden Gfeller of Heritage Hall and Tanner Litterell of Tuttle are ranked #2 and #13 respectively in 138.
Brik Filippo of Tuttle and Ty Lucas of Plainview are ranked #14 and #15 respectively in 145.
Jaryn Curry of Choctaw is ranked #15 in 152.
Dan Baker of Sulphure is ranked #16 in 182.
Brey Walker of Southmoore is ranked #2 in 285.

Riley Weir/Daton Fix place seventh in nation with Team Oklahoma

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Despite not defending their National Championship title, the Oklahoma Outlaws still have much to be proud of in their seventh place finish at the Junior Freestyle Duals. After dropping early losses to Minnesota (fourth), Illinois (second), Iowa (sixth), and New Jersey (third), Oklahoma got back in the win column with a dominating 56-15 finish over Michigan.

Jaxen Gilmore pinned Trent Lashuay in 1:32, Wyatt Sheets teched Dustin Gross 10-0, and Dayton Garrett teched Bret Fedewa 20-9. Brik Hilippo, Drew Hinkle, Dan Baker, Zach Marcheselli, Gunner Cash, Trenton Lieurance, and Daton Fix all received forfeits.

Alex Fields won a 14-8 decision over Devon Johnson and Michigan didn't win their first match till they were already trailing 46-2 and Ravon Foley teched Wyatt Adams 10-0. Michigan won a second match in a 3:53 pin of Jacob Butler by James Whitaker. 

Sand Springs sophomore Riley Weir made his first appearance since the high school State Championship after recovering from an elbow injury. Weir didn't get the all-clear from the doctor till two days before the tournament and still had to wrestle in a splint. Despite the obstruction and four month leave from competition, he still went 2-1 in the tournament and had some impressive wins. He lost his first match 13-2 to Northern Plains Champion Matthew Petersen, but came back with a 13-2 tech over Cobe Siebrecht and pinned Thomas Gordy in 1:18.

Sand Springs senior Daton Fix improved his winning streak to 68 straight matches after going 8-0 in the dual tournament. He teched South Dakota State Champion Brandon Carroll 11-0 and Iowa State Runner-Up McGwire Midkiff 10-0, then pinned Utah State Runner-Up Tanner Benedict in 0:18. From there he teched Minnesota State Champion Jake Gliva 12-0, Fargo National Champion Gabriel Townsell 10-0, and Iowa's Dante Tacchia 11-0. His most exciting match of the tournament was with nationally ranked No. 20 Zachary Sherman of New Jersey, but even there he barely broke a sweat in scoring a 10-0 tech fall. Fix just recently won the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals in April and will soon compete at the Spanish Grand Prix, the USAW Junior Nationals, and the UWW World Championship. 

Oklahoma pulls off several upsets in dual with New Jersey

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Oklahoma got off to a great start against the heavily favored New Jersey Friday morning at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, but Jersey came from behind to win it in the third-to-last match. 

Jersey brought an incredible roster featuring twelve wrestlers nationally ranked by Flowrestling, but that didn't phase the two-time Junior National Champions from Oklahoma.  

Sand Springs's National Champion Daton Fix had tough competition in No. 20 Zachary Sherman, but scored a 10-0 tech fall shortly into the second period in the first match. Jaxen Gilmore followed it up with a 4:15 pin of Nicholas Farro.

Jersey got on the board with a 10-0 tech fall by No. 11 Requir Van Der Merwe over Beau Guffey, but Oklahoma returned the favor with an 8-3 decision from Wyatt Sheets over No. 19 Andrew Merola. 

No. 7 Kyle Bierdumpfel handed Dayton Garrett a 13-2 tech fall, Christian Bahl put up a good fight against No. 4 Brandon Dallavia before going down 9-3, and No. 12 Joseph Grello teched Bear Hughes 13-3. Brandon Kui took down Zach Marcheselli 13-0 and No. 5 Kevin Mulligan pinned Gunner Cash in 0:44. Trenton Lieurance went the distance with No. 1 Chase Singletary and lost 6-1 for a 28-16 Jersey lead. 

Alex Fields got Oklahoma back in the race with a 10-0 tech fall over Thomas Fierro in only 0:41 but No. 7 Michael Colaiocco won a 16-6 tech fall over Colt Newton to clinch the dual. Oklahoma came up big with a Jet Taylor 14-3 tech fall over No. 3 Sebastian Rivera and Jersey wrapped things up with a 15-4 tech fall from No. 8 Ty Agaisse over Dalton Duffield for a final score of 41-27. 

Oklahoma will be wrestling for seventh place against Michigan Blue which features four nationally ranked wrestlers in Ben Freeman, Jelani Embree, Brandon Whitman, and Trent Hillger. 

Payton Scott, Team Oklahoma place sixth at Junior Greco Roman Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Oklahoma Outlaws put up a tough fight, but lost back-to-back duals for a sixth place finish Thursday evening at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa. The USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Dual Nationals featured thirty-four teams from twenty-six states and drew nearly 600 of the best wrestlers in the nation. Last year the Oklahoma Greco team included two Sandites in Kyler Childers and Cody Karstetter, and placed fifth overall. This year Payton Scott was the lone Charles Page student to compete in Greco.

Team Oklahoma got off to a fast start against Team Georgia Blue Wednesday morning and won every weight for a 68-2 finish. Read that story here.

Next to go down was a scrappy team from Pennsylvania who put up a tough battle but ultimately fell 38-30. Read that story here.

In the Pool D finals, Oklahoma pulled off a surprisingly easy 41-29 upset over the top-seeded team from Iowa. Read that story here.

Day two was far tougher for the Outlaws as they faced off against the toughest teams in the nation in the Gold/Silver Pool. Their dominating win streak came to an end at the hands of California in a fiercely contested battle that wasn't decided till the final match. Read that story here. 

Scott had the honor of clinching the win in the next dual, however, as the Okies edged out Florida 36-30. Read that story here. 

The final two duals would not be as kind to Oklahoma, however, as they lost to Minnesota Blue and Michigan Blue back-to-back. 

Trenton Lieurance, Wyatt Adams, Jet Taylor, Jacob Butler, and Jaxen Gilmore all won their matches against Minnesota, but the home team lost 43-22 to the eventual National Champions. Oklahoma can take some solace in the fact that they didn't lose by any more than the eventual Runners-Up from Illinois. Both teams lost by 21 points.

Lieurance won a 9-2 decision over Trenton Rogich, Adams teched Minnesota State Champ Ashton Clark 10-0, and Taylor teched Curtis LeMair 10-0. Butler pulled off a huge 12-10 upset decision over Brent Jones, who placed third at last year's Fargo Nationals. Probably the biggest win went to Jaxen Gilmore who pinned Cadet National Runner-Up Calvin Germinaro in 1:45. 

Scott lost his match by 10-0 tech fall to Southern Plains Regional Champion Travis Ostby. Alec McDoulett put up a great performance against nationally ranked No. 9 Patrick McKee that ended in a close 16-15 decision. Bear Hughes also went the distance for a 14-10 decision to Nationally ranked No. 11 Taylor Venz. 

In the placement match against Michigan Blue, the Okies were noticeably drained after a long day of brutal competition. Dalton Duffield defeated Michigan State Champion Jordan Hamdan with a 16-5 tech fall. Butler finished out the tournament undefeated after holding off Central Regional Champion Nick Freeman for a 3-0 decision. Butler was the only Oklahoma wrestler to go undefeated. Brik Filippo won a 12-0 tech fall over Trent Lashuay and Jaryn Curry pinned Dustin Gross in 1:54. Dan Baker went the distance against Nationally ranked No. 11 Jelani Embree for a 15-8 loss. 

After placing sixth in the country, the Oklahoma team earned All-American status for the third straight year.

Friday morning will begin the Freestyle Dual tournament in which Team Oklahoma is the back-to-back defending National Champions. Thirty-nine teams will be competing, including two from Oklahoma. Riley Weir and Daton Fix will be representing Sand Springs on the Oklahoma Blue team.

OK Blue is the fifth-highest seeded team in the tournament, behind California, Illinois, Iowa Red, and New Jersey, but boasts an impressive roster of nationally ranked wrestlers. Paxton Rosen is ranked 12th in the nation, Fix is ranked second, Kaden Gfeller is ranked fourth, and Wyatt Sheets is ranked 11th. Up first for team Blue is South Dakota at 9:00 am, followed by Texas Blue immediately after.

Photos of Team Oklahoma can be found at this link.

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. 

Four Sandites will represent Oklahoma at Jr Dual Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Junior Dual Nationals will return to the Cox Business Center in Tulsa on June 22nd. The Tournament will last through the 25th and will feature four Charles Page High School wrestlers.

Last year Team Oklahoma bulldozed their way through both styles, placing fourth in Greco and first in Freestyle. That talented team included three Sandites. Cody Karstetter and Kyler Childers had just graduated that year and are now wrestling the collegiate circuit. Daton Fix is back to help his State defend its title.

Riley Weir just finished his Freshman year with a 21-12 record at the 106 pound class and a State Championship appearance. Weir placed fourth at the Perry Tournament of Champions and ninth at the highly prestigious Kansas City Stampede. He came in third at the Regional Championship to qualify for State, but was eliminated after losing his first two matches. Weir nursed an injured elbow throughout the final weeks of the high school season and wasn’t even close to full strength in the post-season. This event will be a great demonstration of his true potential in the upcoming high school season.

Jack Karstetter finished his Junior year with a 39-8 record and placed second at 132 pounds in the State Championship after giving up a heart-breaker 3-2 decision to Kruz Simons of Edmond North. Throughout the high school season he placed fourth at Perry, ninth at Kansas City, second at the Geary Invitational, first at the Sand Springs Invitational, first at the Jay Hancock Memorial, and secured the Regional Championship.

Since school let out he came in Runner-Up at the UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals and secured his spot on Team USA for the Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru this July.

Daton Fix is earning his way into the history books after completing his third straight undefeated high school season. He’s currently sitting at an overall record of 118-0 with three-straight State Championships. He’s only the second Sandite in school history to win three State Championships, the first being David McGuire from 1963-1965. No Sandite has won four.

Since the high school season ended, Fix won the UWW Junior Freestyle National Championship, defeated the Iranian Champion Kheyrollah Gharamani at the Beat The Streets Gala in Times Square, and scored a pair of 10-0 tech falls over National Champion Austin Gomez to earn his way onto the USA World Team.

Fix will compete at the Grand Prix of Spain, a Senior level tournament in Madrid from July 9-10, then will travel to Fargo, North Dakota for the Junior Freestyle Nationals from July 16-23 where he is a defending Champion. From August 30th through September 4th he will compete at the UWW World Championship in Macon, France.

Payton Scott finished his Sophomore year with a 19-6 record at 152 pounds and placed fourth in the State Championship. He missed the first half of the season while getting back in shape after a long and grueling football post-season, but placed fourth at Geary, second at Sand Springs, and first at the Regional Championship.

Scott was also a member of last year’s Cadet National Dual Team that finished seventh in Freestyle and second in Greco. Overall he went 13-3 between the two styles.

Other Team Oklahoma members include:

  • Alex Fields of Guthrie, 2016 Southern Plains Regional Champion in both styles.
  • Rhett Golowenski of Tuttle, two-time OSSAA 4A State Champion.
  • Mason Naifeh of Tulsa Union, two-time OSSAA 6A State Placer.
  • Wyatt Adams of Lawton MacArthur, 2015 OSSAA 5A State Champion.
  • Dalton Duffield of Westmoore, three-time OSSAA 6A finalist, 2015 Fargo National Champion.
  • Jacob Butler of Elgin, 2016 OSSAA 4A State Champion.
  • Kaden Gfeller of Heritage Hall, three-time undefeated OSSAA 3A State Champion.
  • Brik Filippo of Tuttle, 2016 OSSAA 4A State Champion, two-time finalist.
  • Beau Guffey of Tuttle, three-time OSSAA 4A State Champion.
  • Jaryn Curry of Choctaw, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion, 2015 USAW Cadet National Runner-Up.
  • Dayton Garrett of Tuttle, three-time OSSAA 4A State Finalist, 2015 State Champion.
  • Wyatt Sheets of Stilwell, four-time OSSAA 4A State Champion, Oklahoma State commit.
  • Christian Bahl of Stillwater, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion.
  • Dan Baker of Sulphur, 2016 OSSAA 3A State Champion.
  • Drew Hinkle of Jenks, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Runner-Up.
  • Zach Marcheselli of Broken Arrow, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion.
  • Bear Hughes of Coweta, 2016 OSSAA 5A State Champion.
  • Gunner Cash of Tecumseh, two-time OSSAA 4A State Qualifier.
  • Gage Johnson of Norman North, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Runner-Up.
  • Trenton Lieurance of Broken Arrow, two-time OSSAA 6A State Placer.

Daton Fix qualifies for World Championship in France

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School junior Daton Fix has been in three states in the last month competing in summer Freestyle wrestling, and the three-time undefeated OSSAA State Champion hasn't slowed down a bit since the high school wrestling season concluded.

Last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fix won his sixteenth National Tournament. Two weeks later he won the OK USA Junior Freestyle State Tournament in Cushing, and just last Thursday he wrestled Iranian Champion Kheyrollah Ghahramani in an outdoor exhibition in the middle of Times Square in New York City. Sunday he traveled to Irving, Texas for the United World of Wrestling Junior Freestyle World Team Trials. 

Illinois State Champion Austin Gomez is one of the biggest names in wrestling and is currently ranked fifth in the nation at 120 pounds. At the World Team Trials he breezed through the competition with multiple shutout tech falls to make the finals, where he would go up against Fix. Fix got a free ride to the finals after winning the UWW National Championship in Vegas.

Fix and Gomez had already met in the Vegas quarterfinals where Fix, who is ranked second in 120 nationally, didn't allow even a single point in his dominating 10-0 tech fall victory over the Iowa State University bound three-time Fargo National Champ.

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Needless to say, Gomez was looking for a different outcome in Irving, but he would be disappointed. Not only did Fix get the win, but he did it twice. The two battled in a best-of-three series for the ticket to Worlds and Fix dominated with a pair of 10-0 tech falls. 

This will be far from Fix's first international voyage. In May of 2014 he won the Pan American Championships in Recife, Brazil. That July he made his World Championship debut in Slovakia where he placed tenth, and in August he won a Silver medal at the Youth Olympics in China. Last summer he found himself in Sarajevo, Bosnia where he defeated Uzbekistan's Abbos Rakhmonov for a Bronze medal at Worlds. 

If you would like to support Fix's "Quest for Gold" you can donate at this LINK.

To see Fix's 14-3 tech fall victory over Iranian Champion Kheyrollah Ghahramani click HERE.

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. 

CPHS junior Daton Fix competes in NYC Times Square at Olympic-level dual

CPHS Junior Daton Fix celebrates after winning his third OSSAA State Championship. (Photo by: Scott Emigh)

CPHS Junior Daton Fix celebrates after winning his third OSSAA State Championship. (Photo by: Scott Emigh)

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School junior Daton Fix is no stranger to big matches on big stages. As one of the most heavily decorated athletes in Sand Springs history, Fix has claimed titles all over the planet.

In 2014 he won the Pan American Championship in Recife, Brazil, placed tenth at the World Championships in Snina, Slovakia, and claimed a Silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Last year he claimed five different US National titles and took the Bronze medal at the World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia. 

This year Fix is undefeated at 41-0 and has already ran up an impressive series of championships less than halfway into the year. February saw Fix's third-consecutive undefeated State Championship. Just three weeks ago he traveled to Las Vegas and won his sixteenth National Championship.

The three-time Greco-Roman National Champion, three-time Folkstyle National Champion, eight-time Freestyle National Champion, and two-time Freestyle Dual National Championship team-member now has his sights set on New York City.

Thursday evening at 5:30 Oklahoma time, FloWrestling.com will be live streaming the 2016 Beat the Streets Gala in Times Square, New York City, where Fix will compete alongside some of the greatest names in wrestling. Fix's opponent is Iran's 2013 Cadet World Championship Bronze medalist and 2012 Asian Cadet Silver medalist Kheyrollah Ghahramani. 

The Team USA vs Team Iran "United in the Square" exhibition is an annual showcase hosted by Beat the Streets, a nonprofit organization that "works with middle and high school students in all five NYC boroughs and seeks to provide a safe and positive atmosphere for disadvantaged and at-risk youth to learn the essential life lessons of personal responsibility, physical fitness, education, and teamwork."

Fix's teammates will include University of Minnesota-signed Junior National Champion Mitchell McKee, Penn State University-signed Junior National Champion Mark Hall, Arizona State University Junior National Champion Zahid Valencia, 2012 Olympic Champion and three-time World Champion Jordan Burroughs, 2016 Olympian and two-time NCAA Champion J'Den Cox, 2016 Olympian and three-time World Champion Adeline Gray, 2016 Olympian and 2015 World Champion Helen Maroulis, and 2016 Olympian and two-time World Bronze Medalist Andy Bisek. 

After his New York match, Fix will have only three days to prepare for the Junior World Team Trials in Irving, Texas. If Fix makes the team for the third year in a row, he will get to add a new country to his resume when he travels to Macone, France in late August for the UWW World Championships. 

Naturally, flying across the world is expensive, and wrestling is "amateur" in classification. There are no cash rewards for winning these competitions. Anyone who would like to contribute to Fix and support his quest for Gold can make a donation by clicking HERE. 

3X Sandite of the Week: Daton Fix

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week Sandite Pride would like to recognize Charles Page High School junior Daton Fix as Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performance at the United World of Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Fix traveled to Vegas this weekend to defend his 2015 UWW Junior National title, and defend it he did, defeating some of the top names in the game. The 126 pound grappler is ranked second in the nation in his weight class and is riding a 54-straight win streak with 21 pins and 20 tech falls, only winning two matches since October by less than eight points. 

The tournament featured some tough competition. Fix defeated University at Buffalo sophomore Kyle Akins 14-4, and two-time Illinois State Champion Kristopher Williams 10-0. In the semi-finals he scored a 10-0 tech fall over Austin Gomez, who is ranked fifth in the nation in 126 and just finished the high school season with a 40-1 record and a State Championship. The final match was Fix's closest battle since October, but he still came out with the win, defeating Gavin Teasdale 6-5 for the Championship. Teasdale is ranked first in the nation in class 113. 

This is Fix's third time being featured as Sandite of the Week. Some of Fix's titles include:

  • 2011 ASICS/USAW Kids Freestyle Schoolboy National Championship
  • 2012 ASICS/USAW Kids Folkstyle Schoolboy National Runner-Up
  • 2012 ASICS/USAW Schoolboy Freestyle National Champion
  • 2012 ASICS/USAW Schoolboy Greco-Roman National Champion
  • 2012 Cliff Keen USAW Preseason National Middle School Champion
  • 2013 FILA Cadet Nationals Freestyle Runner-Up
  • 2013 USAW Cadet Greco-Roman National Champion
  • 2013 USAW Cadet Freestyle National Champion
  • 2013 Kansas City Stampede Champion
  • 2014 OSSAA 6A State Champion
  • 2014 Cliff Keen USAW Cadet Folkstyle National Champion
  • 2014 Cadet Freestyle Pan American Champion
  • 2014 Cadet Greco-Roman Pan American Champion
  • 2014 ASICS/FILA Cadet National Freestyle Champion
  • 2014 USAW Junior Freestyle Dual National Champion (Team Oklahoma)
  • 2014 World Freestyle Championship 10th Place
  • 2014 Youth Olympic Games Freestyle Silver Medalist
  • 2014 Super 32 Runner-Up
  • 2014 Kansas City Stampede Champion
  • 2015 OSSAA 6A State Champion
  • 2015 Junior Folkstyle FloNationals Champion
  • 2015 UWW Junior Freestyle National Champion
  • 2015 UWW Cadet Freestyle National Champion
  • 2015 Junior Freestyle Dual National Champion (Team Oklahoma)
  • 2015 USAW Junior Freestyle National Champion
  • 2015 Cadet World Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 2015 Kansas City Stampede Champion
  • 2015 Geary Invitational Champion
  • 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion

Sandite of the Week is a weekly recognition given to any one person with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who accomplishes remarkable achievements during the Sunday through Saturday week preceding the award. Prior achievements may be noted in the article, but do not bear direct influence on the selection committee which only considers prior week accomplishments. Candidates may be nominated by anyone by emailing SanditePrideNews@gmail.com. Bylaws prevent the giving of the award to anyone for two consecutive weeks, but any recipient may be nominated and awarded again in the future, so long as the weeks are not consecutive. Final selection is made by a majority vote of a three-person staff committee. 

Businesses or organizations seeking to sponsor the Sandite of the Week award may contact the above email for inquiries.

Sand Springs Wrestling Team places 23 champions at Freestyle/Greco Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Clyde Boyd Middle School played host to the OKUSA Team Big Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling Tournament Saturday. The tournament drew more than 145 contestants with well over a hundred coming from out of town.

Team Big is a mix of wrestlers from Sand Springs and the surrounding communities who train together year-round at the Charles Page High School wrestling room. Team Big photo galleries can be found at

https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/20152016-Wrestling/Team-Big-Freestyle-and-Greco-T

Grady Mittasch (4-0) placed first in Intermediate Freestyle at 65 pounds with a pair of tech falls: 10-0 against Jax Kiener and 12-2 against Logan Hargrove. He also placed first in Greco with a 20 second pin of Garret Salt and a 10-0 tech of Hargrove.

Balance Johnson (4-0) placed first in Intermediate Freestyle at 112 pounds with a pair of 10-0 tech falls over Easten Doshier. He also placed first in Greco with a pair of 10-0 and 13-2 tech falls against Doshier.

Carter Young (4-0) placed first in Schoolboy Freestyle at 84 pounds, defeating Cutter Sheets 12-5 in round one and teching him 10-0 in round two. He also took first in Greco with a pair of 10-3 and 10-2 decisions over Sheets.

Jacob Adams (4-0) placed first in Schoolboy Freestyle at 98 pounds with a pair of 10-0 tech falls over Noah Smith and Ej Tecson. He also won Greco with a pair of 10-0 and 12-0 tech falls over Jacob Burdette.

Cougar Anderson (4-0) placed first in Schoolboy Freestyle at 136 pounds with a 15-5 tech fall over Killian McGrew and a 3:18 pin of Blake Ramos. He also came in first in Greco with a 17-6 tech fall over Ramos and an 0:43 pin of McGrew.

Riley Magee (4-0) won Schoolboy Freestyle at 160 pounds with a pair of pins over Bryce Jackson in 1:25 and 0:24. He also won Greco with a pair of pins in 0:55 and 2:50 over Jackson.

Ethan White (3-0) placed first in Novice Freestyle at 105 pounds with a pair of 1:01 pins against Daris Mickle. He also placed first in Greco with a 0:45 pin of Andrew Mullin.

Blake Sargent (3-0) placed first in Cadet Freestyle at 132 pounds with three straight shutout tech falls. He defeated Morgan Morrow 11-0, Zach Myles 10-0, and Ricky Turner 10-0.

Draven Rathbun (3-0) won Cadet Freestyle at 160 pounds with  a pair of 10-0 tech falls over Atticus Aguilar and Bryce Burrdick. He also won Greco with a 5:43 pin of Burrdick. 

Owen Martin (2-0) placed first in Novice Freestyle at 65 pounds with an 11-1 tech fall against Clayton Giddens and a 14-4 tech of Dylan Abbott.

Jeran Seabolt (2-0) placed first in Cadet Freestyle at 145 with an 0:55 pin of Diego Maturino and an 0:21 pin of Ryan Stetler. 

Austin Johnson (2-0) won Cadet Freestyle at 152 pounds with a 14-4 tech fall and a 22-15 decision over Wyatt Moyers.

Michael Ritchey (2-0) placed first in Junior Freestyle at 126 pounds with a 10-0 tech fall over Sage Singleton and a 15-5 tech of Taywone McNack.

Daton Fix (2-0) placed first in Junior Freestyle at 132 pounds with a pair of 10-0 tech falls over Cody Wynn and Garrett Wild.

Kaden Gfeller (2-0) placed first in Junior Freestyle at 138 pounds with a pair of tech falls against Dillon Prutch at 11-0 and 10-0.

Sam Harris (6-1) placed third in Schoolboy Freestyle at 112 pounds with three tech fall wins and one loss by decision. He won his opening match against Garrett Wells 11-0, but dropped the next round 4-2 to Bryce Fisher. He rebounded quickly, however, with a pair of 10-0 techs over Blake Salt and Brayden Seago. He won Schoolboy Greco with an 0:27 pin of Jonathan Gatz, a 3-2 decision over Blake Salt, and a 10-0 tech fall against Brayden Seago.

Josh Taylor (5-1) placed third in Schoolboy Greco at 112 pounds with an 0:15 pin of Jonathan Gatz and a 4-2 decision over Blake Salt, but lost 6-0 to Brayden Seago. He won Freestyle, however, with three-straight 10-0 tech falls over Salt, Jacob Burdette, and Bryce Fisher.

Dariuz Black (4-1) placed first in Intermediate Greco with a 2:20 pin and 10-0 tech fall, both against Nation Johnson. He also came in third in Freestyle at 70 pounds. He lost his opening match 14-14 to Kason McGill, but teched Jake Killian and Jaxon Goddard 10-0 each. 

Payton Thomas (4-1) placed first in Novice Greco at 90 pounds with a 2:58 pin of Garrett Reese and a 0:50 pin of Zack Cooper. He also came in third in Freestyle. He lost his first match against Cameron Steed in a 11-0 tech fall, but rebounded with a 3:58 pin of Zack Cooper and a 14-2 tech of Abraham Flores.

Adrian Flores (3-1) won first place in Intermediate Greco at 87 pounds with a 3:34 pin of Aiven Robbins and a 10-0 tech of Gavin Salt. He also came in runner-up in Freestyle, pinning Salt in 1:42, but getting pinned himself in the finals in 1:21 by Robbins.

Braden Anderson (3-1) came in runner-up in Schoolboy Freestyle at 91 pounds, pinning Aidan Kirkland in 3:13, but getting teched 14-4 by Gabriel Fontanez. He also placed first in Greco with a pin over Kirkland and a close 7-6 decision over Buck Shell.

Joseph Jernegan (3-2) placed first in Novice Greco with a 0:28 pin of Jim Mullin, a 1:15 pin of Andrew Manly, and a 22-14 decision over Levi Smith. He also wrestled in Freestyle at 75 pounds but failed to place after falling in 1:52 to Levi Smith and giving up a decision to Mullin. 

Killian McGrew (3-2) placed third in Schoolboy Freestyle at 136 pounds. He won a 10-0 tech fall and an 0:29 pin against Preston Medlin, but dropped a 15-5 tech fall to Cougar Andersen. He also came in runner-up in Greco with a 1:36 pin of Blake Ramos, but was pinned in 0:43 by Andersen.

Christian Forbes (2-1) placed first in Schoolboy Freestyle at 70 pounds, winning two of three matches against Sam Smith. He lost the first round 5-0 but won the next 2-2 and the final 5-0. He also came in runner-up in Greco.

Bryce Fisher (2-1) came in runner-up in Schoolboy Freestyle at 112 pounds after defeating Brayden Seago 10-4 and Sam Harris 4-2, but falling by way of 10-0 tech fall to Josh Taylor.

Aidan Kirkland (2-3) placed fourth in Schoolboy Freestyle at 91 pounds. He defeated Adin Washbourne 12-10 but was pinned in 3:13 by Braden Anderson and went down 15-14 to Buck Shell. He also came in third in Greco with a 9-0 decision over Washbourne, but was pinned by Anderson.

Dian Fix (1-1) came in runner-up in Bantam Freestyle, wrestling at 55 pounds. He defeated Grayson Sellers 12-10 in a spectacular come-from-behind decision, but was defeated in a 10-0 tech fall by Gavin Wallace.

Mitchell Smith (1-1) came in runner-up in Novice Freestyle at 70 pounds, defeating Corban Dugelder 16-7, but giving up a 10-0 tech fall to Landyn Sommer. 

Wyatt Meredith (1-2) placed fourth in Novice Freestyle at 75 pounds. He was teched 15-4 by Eli Rodgers and 14-3 by Jim Mullin, and won a decision over Levi Smith.

Preston Medlin (1-2) placed fourth in Schoolboy Freestyle at 136 pounds. He lost his first match in a 10-0 tech fall to Killian McGrew. He received a forfeit from Tyler Rich, but was pinned by McGrew in the consolation finals in 0:29.

Cale Glover (1-2) placed fourth in Cadet Freestyle at 132 pounds, losing a close 10-9 decision to Ricky Turner and a 12-0 tech fall to Zach Myles, but won a 12-1 tech over Gavin Southern.

Sage Singleton (1-2) placed fourth in Junior Freestyle at 126 pounds with a 15-12 win over Karson Bellmard, a 10-0 tech fall loss to Michael Ritchey, and a close 30-27 decision to Brendan Clarke.

Clayton Giddens (1-3) came in runner-up in Novice Freestyle at 65 pounds after falling 11-1 to Owen Martin, but teching Dylan Abbot 12-0. He also came in second in Greco and was pinned in 1:37 and 3:57 by Corban Zugelder.

Nation Johnson (1-3) came in runner-up in Intermediate Freestyle at 70 pounds, defeating Jaxon Goddard by 20-6 tech fall, but falling 10-0 to Kason McGill. He also came in runner-up in Greco after being pinned in 2:20 and teched 10-0 by Dariuz Black. 

Daris Mickle (0-2) came in runner-up in Novice Freestyle at 105 pounds after giving up a pair of 1:01 pins to Ethan White.

Maranda Dornan (0-2) came in runner-up in Junior Freestyle at 170 pounds, getting pinned in 0:22 and 0:14 by Dylan Garcia.

Abraham Flores (0-4) placed fourth in Novice Freestyle at 90 pounds after giving up a pair of tech falls to Cameron Steed and Payton Thomas at 10-0 and 14-2, respectively. He also placed fourth in Greco after getting pinned in 1:20 by Zack Cooper and teched 12-0 by Garhett Reese.

Promised Johnson (0-4) placed third in Bantam Freestyle at 65 pounds after being pinned in 0:45 by Jake Wassom and teched 14-4 by Legend Ellis. He also placed third in Greco after being pinned in 0:32 by Wassom and 3:11 by Ellis.

Jacob Burdette (0-4) wrestled at 112 pounds in Schoolboy Freestyle and was teched 10-0 and 12-0 by Josh Taylor and Brayden Seago, respectively. He placed second in Greco after getting teched 10-0 and 12-0 by Jacob Adams.

Hunter Gines (0-4) competed at 120 pounds in Schoolboy Freestyle and lost 11-0 and 11-1 to Laif Jones and Blake Hickerson, respectively. He placed fourth in Greco with losses by pin of 0:50 and 2:41 to Auston Whitaker and Devin Graham, respectively.