By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Sand Springs Team Big Elementary wrestling sent eighteen kids to Cleveland recently for an Oklahoma USA Wrestling novice tournament and six took first place in their brackets.
Skyler Wood (2-0) competed in Division 2 at 64 pounds and took first place. He pinned Drake Blue (Sperry) in 0:54 and majored Cayden Prather (Cushing) 9-0.
Landyn Barnes (2-0) competed in Division 3 at 67 pounds and took first place. He drew only one competitor and pinned Ryder Trepton (Wildcat WC) in 2:41 and 0:56 in a best-of-three series.
Joshua Spurgeon (2-0) competed in Division 3 at 58 pounds and took first place. He drew only one competitor and defeated teammate Matthew Moore 11-4 and 9-8.
Ryker Collins (2-3) competed in Division 4 at 160 pounds and took first place. He pinned Joey Holder (Cleveland) in 0:53 and Rowdy Jackson (Cushing) in 0:30 for his first tournament win of the season.
Connor Diaz (2-0) competed in Division 4 at 105 pounds and took first place. He defeated Dayton Degraffenreid (Sapulpa) 8-3 and pinned John Gordon (Sperry) in 1:54.
Evan Williams (4-1) competed in Division 3 at 100 pounds and took first place. He received a forfeit from Joseph Robbins (Pryor) and pinned Landon Fesler (Bartlesville) in 0:17.
Hayden Luce (2-1) competed in Division 1 at 55 pounds and took third place. He pinned Kolten Bearshead (Cleveland) in only 0:20 before falling in 1:27 to JayPaul Welch (Bristow). He won his final match in a close 11-9 decision over Gabriel Hadix (Cleveland).
Aaerick Collins (5-4) competed in Division 1 at 46 pounds and split wins. He went into a tie-breaker round with Corde Williams (Bristow) and won 13-12, then pinned Shane Thomas (Sapulpa) in 2:58, before giving up a 17-1 tech fall to Aiyden Robertson (Claremore). He had another close one against Owen Hollis (Wildcat WC) but fell 7-6.
Brysyn Jones (4-3) competed in Division 2 at 43 pounds and took fourth place. He defeated Aiden Chezem (Sperry) 11-7 and pinned Santos Valencia (Collinsville) in 0:41, but fell in 0:53 and 1:23 to Peyton Sims (Sapulpa) and Blake Parker (Wildcat WC) respectively.
Bryher Collins (1-2) competed in Division 1 at 37 pounds. He was pinned in 0:54 by Edison Jones (Sapulpa) but rebounded with a 9-4 decision over Hays Bruner (Claremore) before falling 16-6 to Mekko Stites (Berryhill).
Jordan Satoe (1-2) competed in Division 1 at 49 pounds. He pinned Coconut Jones (Sapulpa) in 0:40, but was pinned in 1:46 by Tucker Alberty (Sapulpa) and 0:56 by Michael Allen (Cleveland).
Rowdy Ash (2-4) competed in Division 1 at 40 pounds. He lost his opening match 6-0 to Rylan Sams (Sapulpa) and was pinned in 1:35 by Cael Dolan (Berryhill), but rolled to a 15-0 tech fall over Tyler Farmer (Cleveland).
Jaxton Grundy (5-3) competed in Division 1 at 43 pounds. He lost a close 18-17 shootout with Korbin Whitchurch (Sperry) and pinned Braxton Johnson (Pryor) in 1:16 before falling in 0:35 to Parker Ingram (Cleveland).
Blayton Collins (3-6) competed in Division 2 at 55 pounds and took third place. He defeated Ethan Moss (Berryhill) by 13-3 major decision, but lost 11-2 to Bryce Burk (Cleveland) and 19-4 to Xander Wiley (Berryhill).
Samuel Moore (1-2) competed in Division 1 at 46 pounds. He defeated Conner McEntire (Cushing) 13-6 but fell 16-1 to Carson Voss (Berryhill) in the next round. He went into sudden victory overtime against Corde Williams (Bristow) and fell 10-6.
Easton Tanner (0-2) competed Division 1 at 40 pounds. He was pinned in 0:31 by Colten Sims (Sapulpa) and fell 14-2 to Rowden Benavidez (Sperry).
Matthew Moore (0-2) competed in Division 3 at 58 pounds and drew only one competitor. He was defeated 11-4 and 9-8 by teammate Joshua Spurgeon.
Cesar Diaz (0-2) competed in Division 4 at 120 pounds and drew only one competitor. He was defeated 8-3 and pinned in 1:57 by Luke Provence (Berryhill).