By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Just an hour after unofficially setting the national record for fastest dual win with fourteen pins, the Sandites nearly did the same thing to their next opponent.
The No. 1 ranked Sand Springs wrestling team (7-0) hosted three other schools Thursday night at the Ed Dubie Field House for district dual night. They pinned the entire U.S. Grant team in a cumulative 14 minutes and 2 seconds in the first dual, unofficially topping a 20-year old record by five seconds.
According to Wrestling USA Magazine, the fastest ever time for a fourteen-match dual won entirely by pin was 14:07, set in 1997 by Marquette, Michigan. Though the record won't be official unless Head Coach Kelly Smith or Athletic Director Rod Sitton begin an application process with Wrestling USA Magazine, the Sandites can be proud just knowing they did it.
In the second dual of the night, the Sandites took on Putnam City West (2-6) and for a while it looked like they might be trying to beat the record all over again.
Tanner Ward (18-8 season, 94-20 career) pinned Yanni Ellis in 0:33. Michael Ritchey (20-8, 49-32) pinned his opponent in 3:36. Blake Sargent (21-7, 73-21) took an 8-0 lead over Landon Loudermilk before pinning him in 2:46.
Then the Sandites really got aggressive. Daton Fix (27-0, 145-0) pinned Chandler Tolton in 0:21. Jack Karstetter (13-1, 86-16) pinned his opponent in 0:04, matching a national record set by Blair Renfrow (Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Georgia) in 2003. Beau Bratcher (23-6, 114-29) pinned Matthew Hart in 0:17, and Payton Scott (22-1, 43-9) pinned Addison Sutton in 0:06.
The pinning streak finally came to a close at the 160 pound match as Noah Almy (13-12) won a 16-6 major decision over Terrel Garrett, but Zane Basma (11-2, 73-27) started things right back up again with a 0:04 pin of Chance Strickland, matching the national record set by Robert Scavage (Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania) in 1969.
Hayden Cramer (3-3) continued things with a pin of Eric Guzman in 1:16. Gage Fain (17-9, 30-31) worked up a 6-1 lead over Ahmauriahn Romby before pinning him in 2:37. Delvin Jordan (25-2, 56-14) pinned Jose Silva in 0:44 after leading 11-2. Kris Edwards (2-0) pinned Junior Martinez in 2:36 and Riley Weir accepted a forfeit to conclude the 82-0 shutout victory.
The Sandites have one dual left for the evening and will battle Enid (2-6) for their ticket to Dual State in Shawnee.