By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Despite sitting out several key starters, the Charles Page High School wrestling squad was still more than capable of finishing third at their home tournament behind the #1 teams in 6A and 5A. After upsetting the #1 Broken Arrow Tigers Thursday night, the most important thing for the Sandites to do now is remain healthy for Regionals, State, and Dual State. #8 Riley Weir, John Jiminez, #2 Trace Fleischman, #7 Lane Lettich, and Delvin Jordan all set out the tournament to rest and recover, and several backups got to see their first varsity action of the season.
(Part Five of Five...)
160 #4 Zane Basma (17-9) won his first tournament of the season, pinning Seth Steinke (Cascia Hall) in 3:01 and Alec Puckett (Bixby) in 2:29. Gabe Evans of Broken Arrow got a rematch after being pinned in Thursday night's dual, and fared slightly better this time, but was defeated 6-0 to seal Basma's trip to the finals against Tony Connor of Collinsville. Basma won that match 11-5.
At 170 Bryton Beck (5-11) gave up pins of 3:46 and 2:16 to Brad Bell (Okmulgee) and Stephen Shibley (Sapulpa), respectively.
182 Mike Brown (0-2) was pinned in 1:30 by #2 Jared Kerr of Bixby and lost 14-5 to Chris Connor, also of Bixby. Mike Martinez (0-2) also made his varsity debut at 182, but was pinned in 0:41 by Zach Wellman of Bartlesville, and in 1:54 by Paul Fleming of Cascia Hall.
At 195 #8 Zack Sims (14-15) gave up a 1:55 pin to 5A State Runner-Up Roc Robbins of Collinsville in the opening round, then accepted a forfeit from Broken Arrow's Skylar Haynes. Sims wrapped up the Friday wrestling with a 1:48 pin of Cascia Hall's Hunter Hedrick. On Saturday, Sims lost 7-2 to #4 Cody Adams of Bixby, but managed to edge out Ponca City's #6 Bradyn Presnall 4-3 for a 5th Place finish.
220 Gage Fain (5-14) was pinned in 2:26 in the opening round by Alex Cantu of Grapevine, Texas, but turned it around with two pins of his own in 2:29 against Blake Buoy (Bartlesville) and 0:59 against Dylan Dobbs of Collinsville. From there, however, Fain would be pinned in 3:46 by Baylee Perigo of Barnsdall and forced to a rematch against Cantu. This time he avoided the pin, but gave up a 7-3 decision for a 6th Place finish.
The Sandites wrestled two new guys at Heavyweight, Jace Anderson (0-2) and Dom Piper (0-2). Anderson forfeited to Sapulpa's #5 Daylan Durham, then was pinned in 0:11 by Derek Bay of Sperry. Piper was pinned in 2:25 by #1 Trenton Lieurance and in 4:52 by Jackson Wilson of Collinsville.