Two of Sand Springs’s folkstyle State Champions competed on the Oklahoma Junior Dual Team at the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Nationals. Riley Weir (0-2) and Jack Karstetter (7-7) both won scholastic State Championships this past season for Charles Page High School, helping their team to its first State Title since 1971. Karstetter graduated this year, while Weir will be a junior in the fall.
The Greco-Roman style of wrestling differs from high school folkstyle primarily in that it forbids holds below the waist.
The Junior Duals were held in downtown Tulsa at the Cox Convention Center. Thirty teams from twenty-three states vied to wrestle the title away from Minnesota. The results were a familiar site as Illinois and Minnesota ended up in the finals for the third-straight year. This year it was Illinois’s time to shine with a 41-21 victory. Oklahoma took sixth place for the second-straight year.
The Outlaws got off to a great start, going undefeated in Pool C. They defeated Texas Blue 41-26 with help from Karstetter’s 3-1 decision over Colton Williams. Next to fall was Utah Blue, though neither Sandite won their matches. Weir was defeated 11-0 by Jordan Haskins in the Texas dual and went down in a 26-24 affair with Braydon Mogle in the Utah dual. Karstetter lost his second match 5-2 to Utah State Champion Stockton O’Brien. In the final dual, Oklahoma defeated Nebraska Blue 55-11.
After earning their way into the Gold pool, the competition was far tougher. They lost their first dual 33-29 to Kansas Blue and Karstetter fell by a close 6-6 decision to three-time State Runner-Up Conner Ward. Both the Sandite and his team rebounded with wins against Tennessee. Karstetter won his match 13-0 against Garrett Bowers and the Okies prevailed 52-16.
The next dual was another close one and Minnesota came out on top, 36-33. In the fifth-place dual Karstetter won another tech fall, 10-0 against Hunter Kosco, but Ohio won the dual 33-30.
Karstetter finished with a 3-2 record while Weir went 0-2.