By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
First Round Results:
Claremore 57 Vian 18
Sand Springs 69 Midwest City 9
Collinsville 41 Comanche 33
Pittsburg 52 Bartlesville 18
Perry 66 Owasso 6
Lebanon 42 Mustang 25
Manhattan 52 Deer Creek 16
Union 72 Salina 6
Three duals wins and 42 match wins wasn't enough for the No. 1 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team (9-0), so after steamrolling their way through Thursday night's district duals, the Sandites set off for the tough Owasso Ram Duals tournament the next morning. The Sandites are ranked fifteenth in the nation and it showed as they handed Midwest City (2-6) their biggest loss of the season, 69-9.
When the dual began, it was clear the Sandites were still in their pinning mood from the night before. Riley Weir (24-6 season, 45-18 career) took down Ernesto Rico de Chavez in 1:18 and Tanner Ward (20-8, 96-20) received a forfeit. Michael Ritchey (22-8, 51-32) worked up a 13-0 lead over Eric Vidal before pinning the Bomber in 2:12 to make the team score 18-0.
Midwest City had an ace in the hole with three-time State Qualifier Drew Wilson, however, who narrowly overcame Blake Sargent (22-8, 74-22) with a 7-4 decision that was 5-4 with Sargent working towards a pin before Wilson reversed with 15 seconds left.
Daton Fix (29-0, 147-0) got things back on track with a pin of Marquez Edwards in 2:45. Jack Karstetter (15-1, 88-16) pinned Marion King in 0:54, Beau Bratcher (25-6, 116-29) received a forfeit, then Payton Scott (24-1, 45-9) overcame State Qualifier RJ Walker by a close 5-3 decision. From there on, every match was a pin.
Noah Almy (15-12,) took down Aaron Crutison in 1:06, Zane Basma (13-2, 75-27) pinned Jonathan Sutter in 0:35, Hayden Cramer (5-3) pinned Jordan Jones in 3:17, Gage Fain (19-9, 32-31) pinned Brandon Hardin in 1:55, and Delvin Jordan (27-2, 58-14) pinned Siera Laviolette in 0:27.
The Bombers picked up a fall at heavyweight as No. 6 ranked Ryan Tilbury took down Dominique Pipes (0-3, 0-5) in 3:18, but the dual had long since been won.
The Sandites are enjoying a bye-round right now, but will return to action in round three against 3A No. 5 Vian (15-3). In round four they will battle Sprindale, Arkansas, and in round five they will take on No. 12 Claremore (6-2). The bracketed duals will begin Saturday at 10:00 a.m.