By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Oklahoma Outlaws put the whole arena on high notice that they were on a warpath in the opening round of Freestyle Friday morning. The back-to-back Junior Dual National Champions have every intention of threepeating this weekend at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.
South Dakota's Nick Casperson won the first round with a back-and-forth 20-10 tech fall over Dan Baker, but Zach Marcheselli got Oklahoma in the win column with a 12-2 tech against Payson Dirk.
The Outlaws got the lead with a forfeit at 220 and never looked back. Trenton Leiurance had little difficulty running up an 11-0 tech fall over Truman Ashes in 5:34.
Kellyn March won a 10-0 tech over Alex Fields for South Dakota, but Oklahoma went on a run from there. Wyatt Adams received a forfeit at 106, Colt Newton teched Trevor Klinnert 10-0, and Jet Taylor did the same to Caden Lamer.
Brandon Carroll put up a solid attempt on Daton Fix, but the National Champ prevailed 11-0 in 2:33. Jacob Butler continued the undefeated streak he began in Greco with an 8-4 decision over Jebben Keyes, Jaxen Gilmore teched Bailey Mennis 14-4, and Beau Guffey teched Josh Cid 10-0.
Wyatt Sheets received a forfeit at 152, Dayton Garrett teched Blake Beitz 10-0, and Drew Hinkle wrapped the dual up with a 10-0 tech fall over Jesse Mikrut for a final score of 55-11. Up next for the Outlaws will be an untested Iowa Blue team who received a bye in the first round.