By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Two members of the Charles Page High School Class of 2015 are making names for themselves at No. 10 ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The defending NJCAA National Champions are undefeated at 3-0 for the season and both Sandites have picked up wins in their first year on the dual team.
The Norsemen shut out Neosho Community College 46-0, then dominated Labette Community College 45-3. Caleb Basma (5-5 season, 11-15 career) and Cody Randall (4-4, 10-16) got their start for the season at the Maryville-Kaufman-Brand Open.
Basma competed at 133 pounds in the Amateur division and won his first match of the season by 8-4 decision over Baker University junior Tyler Brown (0-2). In round two he gave up a 3:00 pin to Maryville freshman Taylor Jokerst (8-0), who went on to win the bracket. In the consolations he was eliminated in a close 3-1 sudden victory decision to teammate Calib Freeman (5-1).
Randall competed at 125 pounds in the Amateur division and also went 1-3 in the Kaufman Open. He lost his first match in a close 3-2 decision to McKendree University sophomore Jarrett Reisenbichler (2-3, 8-13), but rebounded with a 10-0 major decision over Drury University freshman Bryant Clay (2-4) before being eliminated 6-4 by Missouri Valley freshman Johnny Arreola (6-4).
The two Sandites made their first dual appearances against Barton Community College (1-2) and helped their team to a 41-6 victory. Randall defeated freshman Greg Bentley (0-1) by 11-2 major decision. Basma defeated sophomore Caysen Smith (1-2) by 6-4 decision.
Last week, at the Joe Parisi Open, Randall split 2-2 while Basma went 3-3 for sixth place.
Randall won a pair of major decisions to start, winning 10-2 over McKendree University freshman Jet Tryon (2-2) and 13-3 over Limestone College freshman Majid Corbit (4-5). He met his match in University of Oklahoma freshman Zach Atencio (3-3) in a 9-2 decision, then was eliminated after a 6-5 loss to Williams Baptist College freshman Robert Fairchild (7-4).
Basma started off with a 5-2 decision over Ellsworth Community College's Berkely Todd, then pinned University of Oklahoma freshman Clay Vincent (0-4) in 1:17. Next to fall was Hannival-LaGrange freshman JD Higdon after an 8-5 decision. Basma's streak came to a close as he once again fell to Taylor Jokerst, this time in a close 3-1 decision. From there he lost 6-2 to Ellsworth sophomore Blake Walker (5-1, 28-17) and 6-5 to Central Oklahoma freshman Rio Zamora (6-2).
The Golden Norsemen will return to action next Tuesday when they take on Wentworth Military Academy (0-4) at home.