By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The No. 1 ranked undefeated Charles Page High School wrestling team (17-0) traveled to Bixby (1-7) Tuesday night for their final dual of the regular season and won twelve of fourteen matches for a dominating 70-12 victory. The Sandites picked up forfeits at 106 and 220 and nine victories by pin.
Bixby started with a six-point deficit after forfeiting the 106 pound weight class to Brendon Wisely and it was the closest they would get all night. Tanner Ward (27-9 season, 103-21) pinned Alex Hernandez in 0:42, then Michael Ritchey (30-8, 59-32) worked up a 12-0 lead on Ainslie Lane before pinning her in 5:11.
Blake Sargent (30-8, 82-22) took on the Spartans' top dog, Easton Hudson, at 126 and nearly pinned the State Qualifier before he was saved by the buzzer. Sargent took a 5-0 lead into the second and quickly got an escape. He added another takedown early in the third period and added back points for an 11-0 major decision and a 22-0 team lead.
Daton Fix (37-0, 155-0) brought his infamous offensive assault against Gavin Southern and took a 16-4 lead before pinning the Spartan in 1:46. Jack Karstetter (23-1, 96-16) pinned Derek VanDyke in 0:49. Beau Bratcher (36-6, 127-29) pinned Braden Roller in 0:40. Payton Scott (31-2, 52-10) worked over Ryan Stetler in 0:46. Noah Almy (18-16) had little difficulty with Owen DeWoody and scored a 7-1 lead before pinning the Spartan in 0:59. Zane Basma (20-2, 82-27) got his pin in 0:58 against Christian Shubert.
Hayden Cramer (8-8) worked up a 5-0 lead against Max Guyer before getting suprised and pinned in 4:54. With the dual officially a Sandite victory at 58-6, the Spartans finally averted the shutout.
Gage Fain (25-11, 38-33) got in trouble early against Matt Smith and was taken down for nearfall points before reversing and getting the pin in 1:35. Bixby waited to see who would check in at 220 and forfeited to Delvin Jordan (35-2, 66-14), sending No. 7 Cody Adams up against Kris Edwards (4-1). Edwards put up a tough fight, but the first-year varsity wrestler wasn't quite ready for the two-time State Qualifier and was pinned in 0:31.
The season is nearing its end for the Sandites, and they won't return to action till Dual State at Firelake Arena in Shawnee Friday, February 11th. The undefeated District Champions will also host the Regional Tournament February 17th and 18th.