By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The initial bracket posted by Owasso was incorrect and the Sandites found themselves pitted against 3A No. 4 Comanche (13-2) instead of Union, but it didn't make much of a difference. The top-ranked Sand Springs wrestling team (13-0) rolled over the Indians as easily as they rolled over the Redskins and every other opponent they've faced this season.
Senior Jack Karstetter (19-1 season, 92-16 career) worked up a 17-2 technical fall over Ethan Hamrick in only 3:31, then Beau Bratcher (32-6, 123-29) pinned Christopher Armijo in only 46 seconds.
Payton Scott (28-1, 49-9) won a 13-5 major decision over Kamren Vanbuskirk, but Comanche put points in the board with a 5-1 decision from State Qualifier Ryan Aker over sophomore Noah Almy (16-14). The teams exchanged falls from there as Zane Basma (16-2, 78-27) pinned Chaz Allen in 2:36 and State Qualifier Dailen Presgrove pinned freshman Hayden Cramer (7-5) in 43 seconds. Konnor Doucet picked up another win for the Indians, topping Gage Fain (22-10, 35-32).
From there it was all Sandites as Delvin Jordan (31-2, 62-14) rolled to a 20-5 tech fall over Rowdy Rhone in 2:06. Sophomore Dominique Pipes (2-4, 2-6) picked up his first fall of the season in 4:49 against Jacob Martinez. Riley Weir (28-6, 49-19) won a 7-3 decision over Jaxon Miller. Tanner Ward (24-8, 100-20) joined the hundred club with a pin of Sean Williams in 0:39. Michael Ritchey (26-8, 55-32) pinned Rylan Poston in 2:50, Blake Sargent (26-8, 78-22) pinned Tristan Glancy in 0:31, and Daton Fix (33-0, 151-0) finished things off with a pin of Trevor Cusumano in 1:47.
Next up the Sandites will take on their toughest opponent of the season in Kansas No. 1 ranked Manhattan High School, who just topped Lebanon, Missouri (20-4) 38-30. Manhattan boasts ten State Qualifiers, two State Runners-Up, and one State Champion.