CPHS Wrestling: Sandites rout Union 55-18, Weir picks up 100th career win

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The Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team improved to a 5-0 record Thursday night at the Ed Dubie Field House, dominating No. 11 Union (3-2).

The Sandites won ten out of fourteen matches, nine of which came with bonus points. Sand Springs recorded six falls, two technical falls, and received a forfeit in the 55-18 smackdown.

Freshman Christian Forbes (11-5) made quick work of Tayton Gwatney at 106 pounds, scoring a takedown just ten seconds into the match. One more takedown late in the first and Forbes rolled the Redskin for a pair of back points and a 6-1 lead. He started the second period with an easy escape and added five more back points, then secured the 17-1 technical fall with a takedown at 4:26.

Brendon Wiseley (12-7, 26-15) was next up with a takedown in only twelve seconds against Jarrod Gilliam. He racked up a 13-0 first period lead with eleven back points before reversing for the tech fall at 2:21. The win shattered the previous school record for fastest tech fall at 113 pounds.

Two-time State Champion Riley Weir (9-5, 100-31) received a forfeit at 120 for his 100th career win.

Seth Jones (9-4, 31-18) was first to score in his 126 match against Verdell Schoats, but Schoats escaped and scored his team’s first takedown soon after. By the end of the first period they were tied 3-3, but Jones came up with a 10-5 lead in the second before sticking his foe at 3:57.

Blake Jones (10-7) took a 3-0 lead with a reversal early in the third period against Caleb Rogers before pinning the Redskin at 5:30 for a 28-0 team lead.

Preston Medlin (7-11) battled Chris Dugger at 138 and took a 2-1 lead in the first period. Dugger started the second on top and earned a pair of back points late in the period. Medlin looked to have a reversal shortly before the third period buzzer but Coach Jarrod Patterson’s argument fell on deaf ears and Dugger was awarded the 3-2 decision to put Union on the board.

Scott Patton (14-1, 49-23) worked up a 6-0 lead against Cooper Gibson in the first period at 152. Patton reversed to start the second, gave up a reversal, then reversed again for back points. He led 15-4 before finally pinning the Redskin at 3:57.

Chris Kirby (15-6, 37-16) gave up an early reversal to Shane Fields at 160 but quickly jumped out to a 9-3 lead before notching his eleventh pin of the season at 1:47. The win put Kirby at the front of the team in falls.

Gavin Koehler took control of Braden Dahl (2-1, 3-4) early in their match at 160, but the Sandite reversed for his first pin of the season at 1:48.

Riley Magee (5-3, 10-8) let Jake Rogers score first at 182, but made it 2-2 with a second period escape. Rogers brought down Magee with an inside trip late in the period but the two traveled out of bounds and started the third all tied up. Rogers reversed, Magee escaped, and it came down to the wire, but he couldn’t get a shot off in the final seconds and Rogers held on for the 4-3 decision.

Freshman standout Kaden Glass (12-5) upset State Qualifier Elijah Tomlin at 195. Glass scored takedowns in the first and third periods for a 5-2 decision.

Josh Fincannon (13-9, 27-26) had the biggest win of the dual, pinning State Qualifier Darius Booner in only 35 seconds.

Union’s only bonus points of the night came from State Qualifiers Jalen Hernandez and Micah Walker. Hernandez pinned Caleb Phillips (1-5, 3-12) in 2:26, and Walker pinned Justin Smith (0-1) in the Sandite’s varsity debut. Smith shocked the crowd with a big throw early in the match that briefly put the Redskin in hot water, but the more experienced wrestler came out on top and ultimately pinned Smith in 2:30.

The junior high won their dual 55-19.

The Sandites will return to action Friday morning at the Jerry Billings Invitational in Sapulpa. Top teams at the event include nationally-ranked No. 18 Broken Arrow, 5A No. 1 Collinsville, and 3A No. 2 Comanche.

Weir is a defending two-time tournament champion and the only returning champion on the Sand Springs squad. Last year Seth Jones came in runner-up, Kirby took third, Patton placed fourth, Riley Magee finished fifth, and Fincannon placed ninth. The team came in second last year and won the tournament the year before.