By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Sand Springs Team BIG wrestling club recently competed at the Catoosa OKUSA tournament, bringing home nine gold medals and five silver.
Team BIG meets and trains in the Charles Page High School wrestling room and is coached by Derek Fix, Chris Corbes, TeDon Fleischman, and Kyle Waag. It is mostly Sand Springs students, but anyone is welcome.
CPHS sophomore State Champion Riley Weir (2-0 FS) took first place in his first freestyle tournament of the summer with a pair of tech falls against Johnathan Warford (Sapulpa) and Skylar Galloway (Team Big).
CPHS senior Michael Ritchey (5-0 FS, 3-0 GR) took first place for the second weekend in a row with a pair of 10-0 tech falls and a 5-3 decision over two-time State Runner-Up Vincent Eremita in 138 Freestyle. He also won Greco with two pins and a 3-1 decision against Eremita.
Kaleb Tabor (2-1 FS, 0-2 GR) took third place at 160 pounds in Freestyle with a pair of pins.
Carter Young (6-0 FS, 6-0 GR) took first place in both styles at 106 pounds for the second week, winning all six of his matches by tech fall.
Union sophomore Jalen Hernandez joined Team Big for the weekend and took first place at 145 pounds in Freestyle with three 10-0 tech falls.
Zachary Keal (3-1 FS) took third place in 106 Freestyle with two tech falls and a decision.
Austin Keal (0-2 FS, 2-1 GR) took second place in 113 Greco with a pair of close 7-6 decisions, but fell to State Qualifier TJ Long from Union. He failed to place in Freestyle.
Kyle Tucker (2-2 FS, 1-3 GR) took fourth place at 120 pounds in both styles with three pins.
Sam Harris (2-2 FS, 1-2 GR) took fourth place at 126 pounds in Freestyle with a tech fall and a close 15-14 decision.
Christian Forbes (3-0 FS, 1-3 GR) made his season debut with a first place finish at 84 pounds in Freestyle, and fourth place in Greco. He won three matches by tech fall and one by major decision, but forfeited three matches in Greco.
Ethan White (3-0 FS) took first at 120 pounds in his first Freestyle tournament of the season. He pinned all three of his opponents in 2:00, 0:28, and 0:22.
Jim Mullin (2-1 FS) came in runner-up at 91 pounds in Freestyle with two pins.
Cole Brooks (3-1 FS, 2-1 GR) came in runner up in Greco at 91 pounds with a pin and a tech fall, and placed third in Freestyle with a pin and two tech falls.
Braden Anderson (2-3 FS, 4-2 GR) took third place at 112 pounds in Greco with one pin and two decisions, but failed to place in Greco.
Rhett Peak (2-2 FS) took fourth place finish at 84 pounds in Freestyle, winning two decisions.
Andrew Mullin (2-0 FS) made his season debut with a first place finish at 120 pounds in Freestyle, pinning his foes in 35 seconds and 1:48.
Grady Mittasch (4-3 FS, 2-5 GR) had a rough go, suffering an injury in the second round of the Freestyle competition, causing him to forfeit the remainder of his matches. He took fourth in Greco Roman and fifth in Freestyle.