By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The No. 1 ranked Charles Page High School varsity wrestling team (16-0) continued their undefeated season with a dominating 75-6 performance against No. 14 Jenks (3-4) Thursday night at homecoming.
Riley Weir (31-6 season, 52-18 career) wasted no time at 106, taking down Garrett Johnson in the first five seconds and added a trio of back points as the first period expired. He started the second period down, quickly reversed, then pinned his foe in 2:50. Tanner Ward (26-9, 102-21) was equally quick in taking control of Lucas Debolt and took a 5-1 lead with nearfall points in the first minute, then got the pin in 1:10.
120 was a potential State Tournament preview as previous State Qualifiers Michael Ritchey (29-8, 58-32) and Chase Slatton went head-to-head. The Sandite got an escape to start the second period 1-0, then nearly gave up a takedown as the Trojan caught him on one leg. The experienced senior didn't panic, however, and fought his way out of it. Ritchey had a vice grip on Slatton in the third and his opponent never came close to an escape. He added back points on two occasions and rode out for a 6-0 decision.
Blake Sargent (29-8, 81-22) took on Brandon Elrod at 126 and the Trojan put up a valiant effort, only trailing 2-0 after the first. Sargent chose the down position to start the second period and scored an escape thirty seconds in. The two stayed on their feet till the end of the period when Sargent got a takedown and pin at the 3:50 mark.
Oklahoma State-signed senior Daton Fix (36-0, 154-0) worked his usual technical assault on Enrique Chavez and scored five takedowns in the first minute. Fix led 12-5 after the first and was up 17-6 when he finally cradled the Trojan at 2:41.
Jack Karstetter (22-1, 95-16) received a forfeit at 138, then Beau Bratcher (35-6, 126-29) pinned Killian McGrew in 0:51. Colt Freeman was the next Trojan to fall, going down in 1:01 at the hands of junior Payton Scott (30-2, 51-10).
Jenks finally put points on the board with a pin of Noah Almy (17-16) in 1:10 at the hands of Chase Kelvington. Zane Basma (19-2, 81-27) quickly earned those points back, however, with a 1:10 pin of Jaylon Pitts.
Hayden Cramer (8-7) took on Naimul Islam at 182 and scored a takedown midway through the first period. Cramer started the second period down and escaped almost immediately, then took his foe to the mat once again. This time he added a pair of nearfall points before letting Islam escape and entered the third period 7-1. Islam chose the bottom in the final stretch and Cramer sealed the deal at 4:43.
Gage Fain (24-11, 37-33) received a forfeit, then Delvin Jordan (34-2, 65-14) played a game of cat and mouse with Corbin Crisp, working up a 6-1 lead before pinning him in 0:50. The final match of the night was between Caleb Orr and Kris Edwards (4-0), and the Sandite came out with the pin at 1:59 to seal the 75-6 team victory.
Sand Springs will return to action next Tuesday at Bixby (1-6) in their final dual of the regular season. After that they'll be traveling to Shawnee on February 10th for the Dual State Championship at Firelake Arena.