Youth Wrestling: Kaden Glass wins Flo National Championship

 Pictured: Clayton Giddens took fourth place at the Flo Tulsa Nationals.

Pictured: Clayton Giddens took fourth place at the Flo Tulsa Nationals.

Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club member Kaden Glass (8-0) picked up his second National Championship title of the month this past weekend. After going 4-0 in the U.S. Junior Open Championship, he repeated the feat at the Flo Tulsa Nationals, winning the 200-pound bracket in the fifteen-and-under division.

After scoring a 17-2 technical fall against Frank Lucero (Albuquerque) in 1:44, Glass’s next three matches were a lot closer. He defeated Nathan Wemstrom (Buffalo Grove) 7-2, only giving up escape points, but he had to come from behind in his next match. He scored first on Kyle Hobill (Chandler), but Hobill reversed to tie it up, then took a 5-2 lead in the second period with an escape and a takedown. Glass reversed with only five seconds left in the second period, then scored a takedown midway through the third to secure the 6-5 decision.

In the finals Glass scored first against KJ Miley (House Springs) and gave up an escape to start the second period up 2-1. Miley reversed for the lead and stayed out front till fifteen seconds before the end of the match when Glass scored a takedown for the 4-3 decision.

Clayton Giddens (15-2) placed fourth at seventy pounds in the twelve-and-under division. He pinned Joey Hutchins (Medford) in 1:18 and Cole Frost (Gilbertville) in 41 seconds, then defeated DJ Bonam (Omaha) 5-2 before falling 2-1 to Jackson Blum (Otsego) in an ultimate tie-breaker. In consolation he defeated Sam Herring (Memphis) 4-3 but fell 2-0 to Davis Motyka (Kingston) in the finals.

Jaxon Trotter (18-6) placed fourth at 100 pounds in the ten-and-under division. He lost his opening match to Kyle Harrall (Geary), but won five-straight in consolation. He pinned Gregory Moore (Omaha) in 0:57 and Daxton Williams (Omaha) in 1:00, then won a 6-1 decision over Percie Hatfield (Moyock), a 2-0 decision over Gabriel Goode (Paola), and a 4-1 decision over Devan Parn (Brookfield) before falling to Danny Zmorowski (Twinsburg) in the finals.

Asher Giddens (14-4) took fifth place at 46 pounds in the six-and-under division. He fell 13-7 to Casey Bittner (Salinas) in the opening round, but worked his way through the consolation bracket by defeating Andres Esparza (Commerce City) 10-1, Easton Rodgers (Bixby) 6-2, and Cru Foster (Chickasha) 2-1 before falling 5-0 to Elias Faith (Evansville) in the consolation semifinals. In the placement round he defeated Santino Martinez (Albuquerque) 6-3.