By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Several Sand Springs wrestlers traveled to the U.S. Open National Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend and two young Sandites claimed first-place titles in their divisions. Oklahoma State University-signed senior Daton Fix and Clyde Boyd Middle School Eighth-Grader Carter Young both secured the gold, while Several other Sandites also medaled.
Fix won his third-straight UWW Freestyle National Championship and he did so without giving up a single point. The four-time undefeated State Champion breezed through his competition, winning each match by technical fall. He defeated Cal State freshman Alex Hernandez 10-0, then teched two-time Colorado State Champion Andrew Alirez 11-0. In the semifinals he teched three-time undefeated Indiana State Champion Alex Thomsen 10-0, then did the same to two-time undefeated Washington State Champion Paul Bianchi in the finals.
Junior High All-State Champion Carter Young laid claim to the U.S. Open Cadet National Championship titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman Saturday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Sandite lightweight breezed through the 93 pound division with four technical falls in freestyle, outscoring his opponents 44-4. His first two opponents fell 10-0, then he defeated Nebraska State Champion Paul Garcia 12-2. In the finals he defeated Idaho State Champion Kase Mauger, also 12-2.
In Greco he had one competitor come close in the semifinals, but teched the other three and prevailed for the title. He easily handed his first two competitors 10-0 defeats, then handed Colorado State Runner-Up Angelo Lozado a 9-6 decision before teching Paul Garcia 11-1.
Former long-time Charles Page High School Head Wrestling Coach Alan Karstetter returned to the mat in the Greco Roman Masters division and brought home silver, defeating Brandon Donofrio 10-0, but falling 9-0 to three-time Iron Man World Champion Jason Goldman.
CPHS sophomore State Champion Riley Weir competed at 46 KG in junior freestyle. He defeated Nick Onea 18-13 in the opening round, working his way out of an 8-0 deficit with twelve-straight points. Onea briefly tied it up in the second period, but Weir regained the lead and held on for the win. In the quarterfinals Weir was pitted against defending champion Dack Punke and fell 12-2.
In the consolation bracket Weir defeated University of Maryland freshman Hunter Lucas 20-17, but was defeated 12-1 by two-time Colorado State Champion Brendon Garcia. In the fifth-place match he fell to three-time Wisconsin State Champion Brandon Kaylor.
CPHS senior State Champion Jack Karstetter (2-3 GR) competed at 55KG in junior Greco Roman and was pitted against defending National Champion Randon Miranda, a freshman at Northern Michigan University. Karstetter scored first but Miranda scored eight-straight and never relinquished the lead, winning 14-5. Miranda beat his next two opponents by eight points apiece, then upheld his title with a 2-0 victory.
In the consolation bracket Karstetter easily defeated Minnesota State University freshman Jared Goldsmith 8-0 and defending National Champion Mosha Schwartz 9-0. In the consolation semifinals he fell 10-7 to two-time Minnesota State Champion Patrick Mckee. In the fifth place match he was defeated 20-10 by Luis Hernandez.