UWW Wrestling: Daton Fix takes Bronze at Junior Freestyle World Championship

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Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix recently brought home bronze from the Junior Freestyle World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia.

Fix was the defending World Champion at 57 kilograms after a dominant 5-0 performance in 2017 when he outscored his opponents 53-1. He also won bronze in 2016 and 2015.

Fix was equally dominant in his early matches this time around, defeating Turkey’s Ahmet Tas and Ukraine’s Andrii Dzhelep 10-0 each. He was defeated 5-4 in the semifinals by eventual silver medalist Naveen Naveen from India, but won his bronze medal match 10-0 against Kazakhstan’s Bekbolot Myrzanazar Uulu. Russia’s Akhmed Idrisov won the gold 12-1 over Naveen.

Russia won the tournament handily with six finalists and five champions. No other country crowned more than one champion, though the United States had the second-most finalists with three. Virginia Tech freshman Mekhi Kevin Lewis was the lone American champion, taking the 74KG weight class 5-1 over Azerbaijan’s Abubakr Abakarov.

Japan won the Women’s Freestyle tournament with six champions, while the United States placed eighth with a silver medalist. Iran placed first in Greco Roman with four champions and the United States was eighth with a silver medalist. Russia was second in both Greco and Women’s Freestyle.

Fix will soon begin his freshman year at Oklahoma State University after redshirting last season. Fix was a four-time undefeated State Champion at Sand Springs. Last year he defeated the defending Pac 12 Champion and an ACC finalist at the Reno Tournament of Champions while wrestling unattached.

The OSU Cowboys went 13-2 last season, winning their sixth-consecutive Big 12 title, and placed thirteen at the NCAA tournament.

Sand Springs Summer Wrestling: Fix punches ticket to World Championship in Slovakia

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Three Sandites competed at the USA Wrestling Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota this week.

Oklahoma State University freshman and Charles Page High School graduate Daton Fix won a best-of-three series against Arizona State freshman Brandon Courtney, a three-time undefeated high school State Champion.

Fix dealt his foe a pair of technical falls at 11-0 and 10-0 to secure his spot on the Junior World Team. The defending Junior Freestyle World Champion, Fix attempted to dethrone Senior World Silver Medalist Thomas Gilman last month. Gilman won the two matches 6-3 and 2-1.

While Gilman represents the United States in Budapest, Hungary in October, Fix will aim to repeat his Junior Championship in Trnava, Slovakia in September.

CPHS sophomore Carter Young (45-9) got off to a great start at 113 pounds in the Cadet competition, winning his first three matches by technical fall before falling 12-6 to nationally ranked No. 12 Anthony Noto. Christian Forbes (14-2) competed at 94 pounds and went 4-2.

The Cox Business Center in Tulsa recently hosted the Junior National Duals.

The Oklahoma Outlaws placed second in the nation in the Greco-Roman Junior National Duals despite losing two bouts. They placed second in the D Pool, defeating Florida 49-17 and Kansas 40-23 before falling 42-24 to Washington. In the Gold Pool they defeated Ohio 40-27, California 35-30, and Iowa 39-27 before falling 44-21 to Illinois in the finals. Washington fell 44-23 to Illinois in pool play and topped Ohio 35-32 in the 3rd Place Match.

The Outlaws placed fourth in the nation in Junior Freestyle. They started the tournament with five straight wins before falling in the Gold Pool. Oklahoma defeated Georgia 47-16, Pennsylvania 33-31, Nebraska 46-20, Washington 43-22, and North Dakota 44-25. Ohio ended the streak at 38-30 and Illinois won the placement round 50-15. Ohio edged out Minnesota 33-32 for the title. Young went 3-1 in the freestyle competition with two technical falls.

Oklahoma placed sixth at the Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Spokane, Washington, defeating North Carolina Red 78-0, Washington B 64-12, Florida 58-23, and Washington 43-31. They fell 39-35 to Minnesota, 55-20 to Pennsylvania, 44-35 to Illinois, and 40-38 to Kansas. Pennsylvania won the tournament 45-29 over Minnesota.

The Cadet Greco Roman team also placed sixth, defeating Utah 48-33, Colorado 47-28, and Georgia 39-27. They fell 41-38 to Minnesota, 48-27 to Washington, 42-31 to Kansas, and 40-38 to Pennsylvania. Illinois won the tournament 39-36 over Washington.  

Young (35-2 GR) also competed with the Cadet team and finished 4-1 in Freestyle with three tech falls and a pin. His only loss came on criteria. In Greco he went 5-1 with two techs and a pin.

Oklahoma Blue placed fifth at the Schoolboy Freestyle Duals in Indianapolis, Indiana. They defeated South Carolina 82-3, Nebraska 58-22, Minnesota 62-17, Georgia 59-21, and Ohio 42-37. Michigan topped the Okies 41-40, Illinois won 43-33, and Pennsylvania won 45-36. In the placement match the Oklahomans edged out Washington 39-37. Illinois steamrolled Michigan 55-25 for the title.

Team Big wrestler Clayton Giddens-Buttram (17-0) went undefeated with seven technical falls and two pins, outscoring his opponents 83-6. Abraham Flores (17-5) and Ethan White (23-11) won two tech falls apiece.

Oklahoma Red finished sixteenth overall with wins over Tennessee and Maryland. Rhett Peak (19-10) won four of his five matches with two tech falls and a pin. Josey Jernegan (5-6) won three tech falls. Jim Mullin (6-2) won two tech falls.

Oklahoma Red placed ninth in Greco Roman and Oklahoma Blue finished seventeenth. Giddens (9-1) recorded four tech falls and a pin and only lost one decision. Flores (13-8) won one pin and one tech fall, Ethan White (14-4) won three pins, and Peak (13-8) won one tech fall.

The Charles Page High School wrestling facilities are open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays to all ages. The Sandites have been a top-three team at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament for the past four years, including a State Title in 2017. They will return two State Champions in 2018 under first-year Head Coach Jarrod Patterson.

Wrestling: Daton Fix to take on defending Silver Medalist for ticket to World Championships

 Daton Fix concluded his high school career in 2017 as a four-time undefeated State Champion with a 168-0 record. 

Daton Fix concluded his high school career in 2017 as a four-time undefeated State Champion with a 168-0 record. 

Oklahoma State University freshman and Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix (15-3) is back in the spotlight as the Final X Senior World Team Trial approaches. On Saturday, June 9 Fix will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on Thomas Gilman in the last rung of the ladder to the World Championships.

In April Fix placed second at the U.S. Open, outscoring his first three opponents 24-0 with two first-period technical falls before falling 2-2 to University North Carolina assistant coach Tony Ramos. The former NCAA National Champion was awarded the win on criteria, but Fix got a rematch in May and made up for the loss.

At the Senior World Team Trials three weeks ago, Fix again made quick work of his pre-finals opponents. He teched former Oklahoma State All-American Eddie Klimara 14-2 in 2:07, topped former Illinois All-American Zane Richards 9-2, then teched former Minnesota All-American Zane 10-0 in 2:00. Fix won a best-of-three finals series against Ramos with 4-3 and 10-3 decisions.

On Saturday Fix will attempt to upset Gilman, who won Silver at the 2017 World Championship in Paris, France. While Gilman was coming in Runner-Up in France, Fix was going the distance for Gold at the Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Fix has an extensive international resume at the Junior level, including Worlds Bronze in 2016, but is still relatively new to the Senior scene. He swept the Under 23 World Team Trials in October but was eliminated in the first round at Poland.

Fix made his debut at No. 15 in the FloWrestling International Freestyle rankings after topping Ramos. Gilman dropped from seventh to thirteenth in those same rankings after falling to Cuba’s Reineri Ortega in the Pan-American Championships.

The first round of the trials will kick off at 6:00 p.m. Central Time in Bob Devaney Sports Center at the University of Nebraska. Fix and Gilman will be the fifth of seven matches on the card. Round two will begin approximately at 7:15 and the final round will be at 8:30.

Also defending their spots on the Mens’ World Team are 70 KG Silver Medalist James Green, 74 KG Champion Jordan Burroughs, and 97 KG Champion Kyle Snyder.

This year’s World Championship will be held in Budapest, Hungary October 20-28.

In Other Wrestling News:

The Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club brought home ten gold medals from the OKUSA State Tournament last month in Cushing, finishing fourth out of seventy-seven teams in total standings.

The Sandites placed third in Schoolboy Freestyle and Cadet Freestyle, and secured a team State title in Schoolboy Greco-Roman.

Threestyle Wrestling, based out of Catoosa and Owasso, won the tournament overall with 667 points. Edmond’s Oklahoma Wrestling Academy came in runner-up with 332, Prodigy Wrestling scored 250, and Sand Springs scored 246.

Grady Mittasch (25-6 FS, 17-7 GR) took first place in both styles, competing in Novice at 78 pounds, with three technical falls.

Christian Forbes (11-0 FS, 8-0 GR) swept both styles for a pair of 94 pound Cadet titles with four tech falls and a pin.

Carter Young (38-6 FS) won both styles for a pair of 113 pound Cadet titles with five techs and a pin.

Ethan White (21-8 FS, 8-2 GR) won the Schoolboy Greco title at 136 pounds with a pin and a tech, and placed second in Freestyle with a pin and a tech.

Abraham Flores (14-3 FS, 10-3 GR) won the Schoolboy Greco title at 114 pounds with a pin and a tech fall, and placed third in Freestyle with a tech.

Clayton Giddens-Buttram (8-0) took first place at the Schoolboy Freestyle tournament at 77 pounds with a 10-0 technical fall and a 4-3 finals decision.

Bryce Fisher (25-2) won the Schoolboy Freestyle title at 149 pounds with a pin and two decisions.

Josey Jernegan (2-1 FS, 2-1 GR) placed second in Schoolboy in both styles at ninety pounds with three technical falls and a fall.

TJ Long (5-2 FS, 6-3 GR) placed second in Junior Freestyle and fourth in Greco with two tech falls.

Cameron White (9-9 FS) placed third in Schoolboy in both styles at 110 pounds with one pin and two tech falls.

Several Team Big wrestlers represented Team Oklahoma at the Southern Plains Regional in Dodge City Kansas this past weekend.

Mittasch won both styles at Novice 78 with three pins and a tech. Balance Johnson (3-1 FS, 4-0 GR) won both styles at Novice 160 with three pins. Long placed second in freestyle and third in Greco at Novice 126.

CPHS Wrestling: Blake Sargent signs with Newman University

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Charles Page High School senior Blake Sargent signed a letter of intent Tuesday morning to wrestle at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Sargent concluded his high school career in February as a three-time State Qualifier with a 105-33 record.

In eighth grade Sargent placed third at Junior High All-State Championships. He went 13-2 on varsity as a freshman, placing third at the Perry Tournament of Champions and the Jay Hancock Memorial Invitational. He also came in runner-up at Junior High All-State.

During his sophomore year Sargent placed third at Perry, ninth at the Kansas City Stampede, and fifth at the Jay Hancock Memorial. He won the Bobby Lyons Invitational and the Regional Championship and finished third in the state at 120 pounds with a 39-12 record.

As a junior Sargent went 37-11. He placed fourth at Perry, second at Kansas City, third at the Jerry Billings Invitational, and third at Regionals for another State Tournament appearance.

His senior season was hampered by injury, but Sargent amassed a 16-8 record for third place at the Bobby Lyons Invitational, fifth at Regionals, and third at State. 

The Jets finished the 2018 season with a 4-5 dual record, placing first at the Kansas Cup, fifth at the MIAA Championships, tenth at the NCAA Super Regional, and twelfth at the NCAA Division II Championships with one National Champion.

Youth Wrestling: Sandites crown six champions at Oklahoma National Team Qualifier

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Several members of the Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club competed at the USA Oklahoma National Team Qualifier this weekend at Union High School. The Sandites brought home seven first-place medals.

Christian Forbes (7-0 FS, 6-0 GR) took first place in Cadet in both styles at 94 pounds with four tech falls.

Kaden Glass (6-0) won the 182-pound Cadet Freestyle bracket with three technical falls and a pin.

Clayton Giddens-Buttram (6-0 FS, 2-0 GR) breezed through the 77-pound Schoolboy Freestyle bracket with a trio of tech falls, outscoring his opponents 34-2. In Greco he pinned one opponent in 25 seconds and defeated Caydon Miller 8-2 in the finals.

Abraham Flores (12-1) dominated the 114-pound Schoolboy Freestyle bracket with three tech falls and a pin, topping Jaxen Wright 16-6 in the finals.

Grady Mittasch (18-6) won the 78 pound Novice Freestyle bracket with a first-period pin, a technical fall, and a 6-5 finals decision over Miles Velasquez.

Adrian Flores (7-18) won a best-of-three series against Garrett Henry for the 135-pound Novice Freestyle title with a 37-second pin and a 10-0 tech fall.

Riley Weir (21-5) came in runner-up in Junior Freestyle at 126 pounds, teching Jakob Lyons 13-2 and Thaddeus Long 17-4 before injury forfeiting to Ryder Ramsey. Long (4-1) placed third, teching three opponents and pinning one.

Carter Young (35-6) came in runner-up in Cadet Freestyle at 113 pounds, teching his first three opponents by a cumulative 33-1 before falling 13-8 to Tucker Owens in the finals.

Cameron White (6-7 FS, 7-6 GR) placed second in Schoolboy Greco at 110 pounds and third in Freestyle. In Greco he pinned his first foe in only fourteen seconds and in Freestyle he teched Alec Little 14-2.

Bryce Fisher (22-2) placed third in Schoolboy Freestyle at 165 pounds, falling in his opening match before winning a pair of 10-0 tech falls.

Ethan White (19-7) placed fourth at 136 pounds in Schoolboy Freestyle. He fell by pin in his opening match but rebounded with a pair of 10-0 tech falls before falling 10-2 to JP Martinez in placement.

Youth Wrestling: Sand Springs brings home five gold medals from Owasso

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Five wrestlers from the Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club won their brackets at the USAOK tournament in Owasso this past weekend. 

Next weekend will be the Oklahoma National Team Qualifier at Union High School in Tulsa. 

Junior

Riley Weir (19-4) won the 126-pound Freestyle bracket with a 10-0 technical fall against Luke Collett.

Schoolboy

Abraham Flores (8-1 FS, 8-1 GR) won the 114-pound Greco bracket and placed third in Freestyle. In Greco he teched Brady Benham 12-2, Payton Thomas 14-2, and Ryan Trickett 13-2. In Freestyle he lost his opening match 10-0 to Jim Mullin, but pinned Kai Shultz in 2:55 and Chad Herbert in 0:44 before topping Levi Smith 14-7.

Bryce Fisher (20-1) throttled the 187-pound Freestyle bracket with five technical falls and a cumulative score of 53-1 against Mason Harris, Micah Sorrels, Jesse Newby, Landon Kuhn, and John Roberts.

Clayton Giddens-Buttram (3-0) handily won the 77-pound Freestyle bracket with 10-0 technical falls against Dylan Abbott and Terrance Branam.

Cameron White (5-5 FS, 5-5 GR) placed third in both styles at 106 pounds. He teched Caden Pollard 10-0 in both styles.

Novice

Adrian Flores (5-18 FS, 5-16 GR) placed first in Greco and third in Freestyle at 135 pounds. He won a best-of-three against JD Sigman in Greco with a 10-0 tech fall and a fall in 3:21. In Freestyle he teched Sigman 11-0, but was pinned by Frankie Esparza.

Grady Mittasch (15-6) placed third in Freestyle at 82 pounds, teching Rich Xiong and Katelyn Stokes 10-0 before falling to Cory Velasquez and Ryder Seago.

Youth Wrestling: Eight Sandites win gold at Team Big Tournament

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The Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club made a strong showing at their recent home tournament, crowning eight champions and winning eleven brackets at Clyde Boyd Middle School. 

Junior

Skylar Galloway (2-1) placed second in Freestyle at 132 pounds, teching Madison Dekker 14-3 and Jared Davis 13-0 before falling 10-0 to Jakob Lyons.

Camrin Pfluger (2-1) placed second in Freestyle at 160 pounds, pinning Michael Kirmer in 0:40 and Dalton Mitchell in 3:52 before falling 10-0 to Tate Picklo.

Cadet

Christian Forbes (3-0 FS, 4-0 GR) won both styles at 106 pounds. He dominated the Greco bracket, pinning Kaden Smith in 3:40, Bronson Burcham in 0:39, and Trent Clements in 0:18. In Freestyle he teched Jayce Caviness 11-0 and Noah Agcaoili 10-0 and defeated Tristan Stafford 6-2.

Kaden Glass (2-0 FS, 4-0 GR) won both styles at 182 pounds. In Freestyle he pinned Coleman Lecoq in 1:23 and teched Emmanuel Skillings 11-0. In Greco he teched Bryce Jackson and Brayden Dillow, and pinned Tristan Wolfer in 0:18 and William Martin in 1:37.

Schoolboy

Ethan White (17-5 FS, 5-2 GR) won both styles at 136 pounds. He teched Jance Sommers 10-0 in both styles, pinned Sean Mahoney in under a minute in both styles, and defeated Kaleb Owen 10-3 in Freestyle.

Abraham Flores (5-0 FS, 5-1 GR) placed first in Freestyle and second in Greco at 125 pounds. In Freestyle he won a best-of-three series against Ryan Tricket 14-2 and 7-2, and defeated Tricket 14-2 in Greco as well.

Bryce Fisher (15-1) smoked the Freestyle competition at 149 pounds, scoring 10-0 technical falls against Clay Lewis, Eddie Cortez, Max Skolnick-Schur, and Bobby Felts. He also recorded a 12-6 decision against Cameron Jackson.

Cameron White (4-3 FS, 3-3) took third place in both styles at 106 pounds, scoring tech falls against Caden Pollard in both brackets.

Novice

Grady Mittasch (13-4 FS, 8-7 GR) took first place in Freestyle and second in Greco at 82 pounds. He scored technical falls against Ryder Seago and Garrett Salt and pinned Ryan Swain in Freestyle. In Greco he fell to Seago by pin but teched Swain 12-0.

Balance Johnson (1-1 FS, 2-0 GR) won the 160-pound Greco Roman bracket and came in runner-up in Freestyle. He scored technical falls against Jackson Dyer and Adrian Flores in Greco and against Flores in Freestyle. Dyer got the upper hand in Freestyle with a pin.

Nation Johnson (2-3 FS, 2-2 GR) came in runner-up in Greco Roman and placed fourth in Freestyle at 92 pounds. In Greco he pinned Garritt Hunt and Cash Bray, but fell to Teyton Chandler. He defeated Hunt 16-8 and pinned Tyler McCall in 47 seconds in Freestyle.

Adrian Flores (4-17 FS, 3-16 GR) placed second in Greco and third in Freestyle at 160. He teched Jackson Dyer in both styles but fell to teammate Balance Johnson in both styles.  

Intermediate

Promised Johnson (2-0 FS, 1-2 GR) took first place in Freestyle and second in Greco at 77 pounds. He scored technical falls against Brody Mills and Hunter Miner in Freestyle, but drew only one competitor in Greco and had to wrestle a best-of-three against Mills. Mills won the first match 22-10, Johnson won the second 25-12, and Mills won the third by fall.

Youth Wrestling: Sandites crown three champions at Catoosa tournament

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The Sand Springs Team Big youth wrestling program crowned five finalists and three champions at this weekend's Oklahoma USA tournament in Catoosa. 

Grady Mittasch (10-4 FS, 6-6 GR) won the 78-pound bracket in both styles at Novice. In freestyle he pinned his first opponent in 47 seconds before winning a pair of two-point decisions over Benjamin Smith and Ryder Seago. In Greco he won a 44-second pin and scored a 10-0 technical fall against Keith Sanders.

Abraham Flores (3-0 FS, 4-0 GR) took first place in schoolboy in both styles at 119 pounds. He defeated Ayden Little 6-2 and teched Ryan Tricket 10-0 in freestyle. He teched Kirby Wilcox 13-2 in freestyle and pinned him in 2:27 in Greco.

Jim Mullin (3-0) won the 110-pound Schoolboy freestyle bracket handily, teching Talon McCollom 24-13 and Colson Marth 10-0.

Cameron White (2-1 FS, 2-1 GR) took second place in schoolboy in both styles at 106 pounds. He pinned Brock Gowens in freestyle and teched him 14-3 in Greco, and teched Caden Pollard in both styles, but fell by pin to Levi Smith in both styles.

Ethan White (13-5 FS, 2-2 GR) placed second in schoolboy freestyle and third in Greco at 136 pounds. He pinned Gatlin Wilson in sixteen seconds in freestyle and teched him 11-0 in Greco, but fell to Caleb Rogers in both styles.

Abraham Flores took first place in schoolboy Greco at 119 pounds in a recent Bixby tournament. He defeated Caden Pollard 10-0 and Ryan Tricket 7-2.

Sand Springs will host its own tournament Saturday, April 14th at Clyde Boyd Middle School.

CPHS Wrestling: Head Coach Kelly Smith resigns for private sector job

Charles Page High School lost its third Head Coach this school year when wrestling coach Kelly Smith announced his intentions to resign Friday.

Head Volleyball Coach Janna Green left Sand Springs Public Schools for a private sector coaching position after the fall season. Girls' Basketball Head Coach Dustin Morrow stepped down from coaching to spend more time with his family earlier this month, but will remain on staff as a science teacher. Now, Smith is leaving coaching and teaching to work in insurance.

Smith cited unreasonably low State teaching wages as a primary reason for his decision, along with a desire to spend more time with his family. The successful coach has spent years running a lawncare business to compliment his income, but after seventeen years as Head Coach, he has decided it's time to move on. "This is a young man's game," said Smith. "I don't have the time to be out mowing lawns all year while also putting in the hours to maintain a successful program. I have to put my family first."

Smith's family might keep him in the coaching business a little longer, at least on a part-time basis. His son, Mitchell, is a talented up and comer in the junior high circuit. But while he will still be around cheering on the Sandites from the stands, the district will have to find fresh blood to take the reigns. 

Smith led the Sandites to their first-ever Dual State Championship in 2017 and followed it up with their first State Tournament title since 1971. The pair of championships were the first for Sand Springs in any sport since 1994. Nine Sandites won individual titles under his leadership, including five in the 2017 season. Even after losing four of those five, the Sandites placed third in the 6A State Tournament this past season with a 13-4 dual record.

"I got to live the dream," said Smith. "I got to take over for my coach and mentor. It's been a dream."

Sandite of the Week: Carter Young wins State Championship as freshman

Sand Springs freshman Carter Young was selected as our Sandite of the Week for his 106-pound State Championship win this past weekend at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

Young completed a nearly perfect season, losing only one match en route to his first high school State Championship title. He won the Westmoore Open, the Perry Tournament of Champions, the Kansas City Stampede, the Bobby Lyons Invitational, and the 6A-East Regional along the way. He went undefeated in duals and lost only one match, falling 4-2 in overtime to nationally-ranked Ryan Miller in the Geary Invitational finals. He ends the season on a 23-straight win streak with fifteen pins, twelve tech falls, and five major decisions.

At the State Tournament he pinned Jason Gilbert in 2:37, then defeated Keegan Luton 7-1 and West Regional Champion Studd Morris 3-0.

 

CPHS Wrestling: 2017-2018 Season wrap-up

Freshman Carter Young (40-1) completed a nearly perfect season, losing only one match en route to a 106-pound State Championship title. He won the Westmoore Open, the Perry Tournament of Champions, the Kansas City Stampede, the Bobby Lyons Invitational, and the 6A-East Regional along the way. He went undefeated in duals and lost only one match, falling 4-2 in overtime to nationally-ranked Ryan Miller in the Geary Invitational finals. He ends the season on a 23-straight win streak with fifteen pins, twelve tech falls, and five major decisions.

Junior Riley Weir (29-7, 91-25) became the tenth wrestler in Sandite history to win two State titles, ending the year on a seven-straight win streak with the 113 title. He won the Glenpool Warrior Classic, the Lyons Invitational and the 6A-East Regional, and placed third at Perry and twelfth at Kansas City. He finished the season with seventeen pins, two tech falls, and three major decisions.

Sophomore Chris Kirby (22-10) placed second at Inola, third at Sand Springs, second at Regionals, and fourth at State at 145 pounds. He went 13-4 in duals every single victory came by pin, a team-best.

Junior Kaleb Tabor (26-12) placed twelfth at Kansas City, then came in runner-up at Sand Springs, Regionals, and State at 152 pounds. He went 14-3 in duals and totaled nineteen pins.  

Blake Sargent (16-8, 105-33) concluded his high school career with a 126-pound third place finish at State. He placed third at the Union IceFighter Open, third at Sand Springs, and fifth at Regionals. He finished the season with three pins and two major decisions.

Gage Fain (20-10, 59-48) concluded his high school career with a 220-pound State Tournament appearance. He placed second at Perry, thirteenth at Kansas City, and third at Regionals. He went undefeated 12-0 in duals and recorded thirteen pins.

Junior Irwin Portillo (31-19, 37-24) placed sixth at Perry, 23rd at Kansas City, fifth at Geary, fourth at Sand Springs, and third at Regionals to qualify for State at 132 pounds. He went 13-5 in duals, recording two pins and seven major decisions.

Sophomore Seth Jones (26-16, 28-19) placed fifth at Perry, 24th at Kansas City, second at Sand Springs, and fourth at Regionals to qualify for the State Tournament at 120 pounds. He went 14-2 in duals and recorded fourteen pins, one tech fall, and three major decisions.

Sophomore Brendon Wiseley (13-9) placed fifteenth at Kansas City and went undefeated 8-0 in duals. He recorded four pins, one tech fall, and one major decision.

Junior Scott Patton (27-20, 34-22) placed sixth at Perry, twentieth at Kanas City, fourth at Sand Springs, and fourth at Regionals to qualify for State at 138 pounds. He went 13-5 in duals and recorded nine pins, two techs, and five major decisions.

Riley Magee (5-5) placed fifth at Sand Springs and went 3-3 in duals with four pins and a major decision.

Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-21) placed sixth at Perry, eighteenth at Kansas City, second at Sand Springs, and fifth at Regionals, qualifying for State at 170. He went 11-7 in duals and recorded twelve pins, one tech fall, and two major decisions.

Senior Colby Heckencamp (3-4) finished his career with two pins and a sixth place finish at Sand Springs.

Sophomore Josh Fincannon (13-18) placed sixth at Perry, ninth at Sand Springs, and sixth at Regionals. He went 8-9 in duals with five pins and one major decision.

Colten Roberts (3-6) went 3-4 in duals with one pin and one tech fall.

Jasanee Harjo (3-7) placed fourth at Sand Springs with one pin.

Braden Dahl (1-3) went 1-3 in duals with one pin.

Caleb Phillips (2-7) recorded one pin.

Robert Parrish (3-12) went 3-9 in duals with one pin.

Caden Vaughn (0-1), Jacob Rampy (0-1), and James Anderson (0-2) all saw varsity action.

The Sandites went 13-4 in duals and placed third at the Ram Duals, eighth at Perry, 29th at Kansas City, fourteenth at Geary, second at their home tournament,

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites place third at State Tournament with five placers

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In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Charles Page High School wrestling team finished the season with ten State Qualifiers, five placers, three finalists, and two champions for a third place performance in the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

Of the ten Sandites to qualify for State, only two had previously qualified. Four had zero varsity experience before this season, one is a freshman, and three came from the JV squad.

Typically when you graduate four State finalists, lose a fifth to injury, and have a pair of starters quit the team, you spend a few seasons rebuilding before you’re a legitimate contender again. Instead, Sand Springs made a legitimate run at the title.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (40-1) completed a near-perfect debut season to become the thirtieth State Champion in Sand Springs history. 

SEE RELATED: CPHS Wrestling: Freshman Carter Young wins State Championship

113-pound junior Riley Weir (29-7, 91-25) became the tenth wrestler in Sandite history to win two State titles. 

SEE RELATED: CPHS Wrestling: Riley Weir wins second State Championship

152-pound junior Kaleb Tabor (26-12, 66-19) pinned Landis Scoon in 1:34 and Richie Lee in 3:49 before falling 5-3 to Drake Vannoy in the finals. Vannoy scored takedowns in each of the first two periods for a 4-1 lead to start the third. Tabor got a takedown and cut the Trojan loose, then took him down once again. The only problem was, time had already expired. The clear takedown was clearly half a second too late. Tabor concluded his first season on Sandite varsity as a State Runner-Up.

Senior Blake Sargent (15-8, 104-33) finished his high school career by coming in third at 126 pounds. He fell 12-3 to eventual champion Reece Witcraft in the opening round, but defeated Kyri Beasley, Cameron Picklo, and Cade Manion in consolation. He defeated Picklo 9-6 and went into sudden victory overtime against Beasley and Manion for 2-1 and 7-5 decisions, respectively.  

Sophomore Chris Kirby (22-10) placed fourth at 145, pinning Anthony DesVigne in 3:53 before falling to eventual champion Jaxen Gilmore. In consolation he pinned Hunter Skaggs in 3:26 but fell 11-0 to Micah Lugafet in the finals.  

Junior Irwin Portillo (31-19, 37-24) qualified at 132. He fell 4-2 to Trent Higginbotham, defeated Roarke Simpson 8-6, then fell 3-1 to Blake Gonzalez in sudden victory. 

Junior Scott Patton (27-20, 34-22) qualified at 138 and defeated Brett Pinkston 1-0 before falling 7-2 to Peter Rolle and 2-0 to Parker Wright.

Sophomore Seth Jones (26-16, 28-19) qualified at 120, falling 7-4 to Garrett Johnson and 12-4 to Caron Watson.

Senior Gage Fain (20-10, 59-48) finished his career as a first-time qualifier at 220. He fell 12-4 to Blake Minnick and 2-1 to Jared Galli.

Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-21) qualified at 170 but fell 3-2 to Rene Martinez in the first round wrestle-in. 

Choctaw won their sixth State Tournament Championship after picking up their fifth Dual State title two weeks prior. The Yellowjackets edged out Broken Arrow 138 to 129.5. The Sandites came in third with 78 points, topping Mustang with 69. They will return eight of their ten qualifiers next season. 

2018 6A State Champions

106 - Carter Young (Sand Springs)
113 - Riley Weir (Sand Springs)
120 - Laif Jones (Bartlesville)
126 - Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow)
132 - Dylan Schickram (Ponca City)
138 - Connor Holman (Choctaw)
145 - Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon)
152 - Drake Vannoy (Jenks)
160 - Jaryn Curry (Choctaw)
170 - Zane Coleman (Choctaw)
182 - J.D. Johnson (Owasso)
195 - Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
220 - Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
285 - Christian Arriola (Putnam City)

2018 OSSAA 6A State Team Scores

138 - Choctaw
129.5 - Broken Arrow
78 - Sand Springs
69 - Mustang
56.5 - Owasso
44 - Jenks
38 - Ponca City
38 - Yukon
34.5 - Edmond North
33 - Putnam City
31 - Bartlesville
27 - Edmond Memorial
23 - Union
20 - Deer Creek
12 - Norman North
12 - Stillwater
11 - Putnam City North
7 - Westmoore
3 - Southmoore
2 - Midwest City
1 - Shawnee
0 - Moore
0 - Norman
(-2) - Muskogee
(-3) - Sapulpa

Sand Springs State Champions

Alonzo Elder (1925)
Tremont Scruggs (1929)
Oscar Baker (1934)
Ralph Parrish (1936, 1940)
David McGuire (1963-1965)
Bill Burcham (1963)
Steve Randall (1965)
Frank Peck (1971-1972)
Rick Warren (1971)
Eddie Sullivan (1971)
John Phillips (1972-1973)
Hall Williams (1974)
Wayne Sutterfield (1974)
Ronnie Luce (1974)
Kevin Newport (1976, 1978)
Brad Bridges (1977)
Craig Sanders (1978-1979)
Billy Boyd (1978)
Jay Fleischman (1988)
Brett Pennington (1991-1992)
Gabe Hodges (1994)
Josh Nicholson (2002)
David Jones (2005)
Znick Ferrell (2008-2009)
Daton Fix (2014-2017)
Riley Weir (2017-2018)
Jack Karstetter (2017)
Beau Bratcher (2017)
Payton Scott (2017)
Carter Young (2018)

CPHS Wrestling: Riley Weir wins second State Championship

Three members of the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team made their way to the OSSAA State Championship finals Saturday evening at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena. Two have now secured State Titles.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (40-1) took on Yukon senior and West Regional Champion Studd Morris (34-7) in the title match and won 3-0.

SEE RELATED: CPHS Wrestling: Freshman Carter Young wins State Championship

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (29-7, 91-25) wrestled Mustang freshman Tucker Owens (41-5) in the 113 Championship finals. Owens topped Weir 2-1 at Dual State, scoring in the final moments after Weir was injured in an escape. Weir repaid that loss with a 4-0 victory in the Regional finals and repeated at the State Tournament.

They went scoreless through the first period then Weir escaped ten seconds into the second. They started the final stretch neutral and Weir got a takedown thirty seconds in. He cut the Bronco with fifteen seconds left and dodged several shots for a 3-1 decision.

The junior joins an elite group of only ten wrestlers in Sand Springs history to win two State titles. The last Sandite to accomplish the feat was Daton Fix in 2015. Last year Weir became the 26th State Champion in Sand Springs wrestling history and was one of five Champions to help the Sandites win their first team title since 1971. 

This season he won the Bobby Lyons Invitational, the Glenpool Warrior Classic, and the 6A-East Regionals. 

Junior Kaleb Tabor (25-11) will wrestle Jenks sophomore Drake Vannoy (36-4) in the 152-pound finals.

CPHS Wrestling: Freshman Carter Young wins State Championship

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Three members of the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team made their way to the OSSAA State Championship finals Saturday evening at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (40-1) concluded his first year as a nearly-undefeated State Champion with an indisputably dominant record. He took on Yukon senior and West Regional Champion Studd Morris (34-7) in the title match and prevailed by 3-0 decision.

The two went neutral through the first and Young took the lead with a quick escape in the second. He scored a takedown with a little over a minute remaining and was all smiles for the rest of the period. The two bucked and rolled their way all over the mat, but the Miller was unable to cut loose. They started the third period neutral and Morris was the aggressor for most of it, but Young took his fair share of shots and held on for the win.

Weir won the Westmoore Open, the Perry Tournament of Champions, the Kansas City Stampede, the Bobby Lyons Invitational, and the 6A-East Regional Championship and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Ram Duals tournament. His only loss was 4-2 in overtime to nationally-ranked Ryan Miller in the Geary Invitational finals. 

Young becomes the thirtieth State Champion in Sand Springs Wrestling history.

CPHS Wrestling: Sandites send three to State finals, in 3rd Place as team

 Junior Kaleb Tabor made the State Championship finals in his first year on varsity. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Junior Kaleb Tabor made the State Championship finals in his first year on varsity. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Three members of the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team punched their ticket to the Championship finals match Friday night at the OSSAA State Tournament. Three others will compete in the consolation bracket, leaving a total of six still in contention at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (39-1) took on Mustang freshman Keegan Luton (33-9) in the semifinals. Young scored takedowns in each period for a 7-1 decision. He will take on Yukon senior and West Regional Champion Studd Morris (34-6) in the title match.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (28-7, 90-25) wrestled Bartlesville junior Corwin Strachan (38-9) in the 113-pound semifinals and took a 4-1 lead with two first period takedowns. He escaped in the second and rode out the third for a 5-1 decision. He will wrestle Mustang freshman Tucker Owens (41-5) in the Championship finals. Owens topped Weir 2-1 at Dual State, scoring in the final moments after Weir was injured in an escape. Weir repaid that loss with a 4-0 victory in the Regional finals.

Junior Kaleb Tabor (25-11) defeated Owasso sophomore Richie Lee (23-7) in the 152-pound semifinals. They went scoreless through the first, Lee escaped in the second, then pinned the Ram in 3:49. He will meet Jenks sophomore Drake Vannoy (36-4) in the finals.

Sophomore Chris Kirby (21-9) fell in 25 seconds to Yukon senior Jaxen Gilmore (38-3) in the 145-pound semifinals. He will take on Sapulpa senior Hunter Skaggs (27-12) in the consolation semifinals. The two previously met in the Bobby Lyons Invitational consolation finals where Kirby pinned the Chieftain in 2:09. 

Senior Blake Sargent (14-8, 103-33) wrestled Muskogee senior Kyri Beasley (31-8) in the 126 consolation quarterfinals. They went scoreless through the first period, Beasley escaped in the second, then Sargent tied it up in the third to send the match into overtime where Beasley was given a technical for the 2-1 loss. Sargent will next take on Cameron Picklo (37-9) who he fell 4-2 to at Dual State.

Sophomore Seth Jones (26-16, 28-19) wrestled Union senior CaRon Watson (28-15) in the 120 consolation quarterfinals and fell by 12-4 major decision. Jones scored first but Watson escaped and took a lead that he never relinquished.

Junior Irwin Portillo (31-18, 37-23) took a 4-1 first period lead on Southmoore sophomore Roarke Simpson (25-12) in the 132 consolation quarterfinals, then gave it back with a trio of back points in the second. He reversed for the lead, then Simpson broke loose and trailed 6-5 to start the third. Simpson escaped again to tie it, but Portillo scored a takedown in the final moments for the 8-6 decision.

Junior Scott Patton (27-20, 34-22) wrestled Deer Creek junior Parker Wright (29-14) in the consolation quarterfinals and trailed 1-0 after the first period. He gave up an escape midway through the second and Wright rode out the third for a 2-0 decision.

Senior Gage Fain (20-10, 59-48) wrestled Jenks junior Jared Galli (25-14) in the consolation quarterfinals. The two went scoreless through the first period, Galli picked up a pair of back points in the second, then Fain escaped and started the third neutral. He took several shots, but was unable to score and lost 2-1.

The Sandites are the defending State Champions, but are currently sitting in third place with 55 points, trailing Choctaw (107) and Broken Arrow (91.5). 

Wrestling will continue Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with consolation semifinals, immediately followed by third-place matches. Championship finals will begin at 5:45 p.m.

6A State Finals Matches
106 - Studd Morris (Yukon) vs. Carter Young (Sand Springs)
113 - Riley Weir (Sand Springs) vs Tucker Owens (Mustang)
120 - Laif Jones (Bartlesville) vs Zeke Washington (Owasso)
126 - Colt Newton (Choctaw) vs Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow)
132 - Gabe Johnson (Choctaw) vs Dylan Schickram (Ponca City)
138 - Pete Rolle (Edmond Memorial) vs Connor Holman (Choctaw)
145 - Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon) vs Tate Picklo (Mustang)
152 - Kaleb Tabor (Sand Springs) vs Drake Vannoy (Jenks)
160 - Jaryn Curry (Choctaw) vs Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow)
170 - Zane Coleman (Choctaw) vs Bryce Mattioda (Broken Arrow)
182 - J.D. Johnson (Owasso) vs Lane Newlin (Ponca City)
195 - Easton Rendleman (Choctaw) vs Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow)
220 - Mason Lancaster (Putnam City) vs Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow)
285 - Caulin Poole (Choctaw) vs Christian Arriola (Putnam City)

6A State Day One Team Scores
107 - Choctaw
91.5 - Broken Arrow
55 - Sand Springs
43 - Mustang
38 - Owasso
34 - Ponca City
33 - Yukon
23 - Jenks
22 - Edmond Memorial
19 - Bartlesville
17 - Putnam City
11.5 - Edmond North
8 - Union
6 - Deer Creek
4 - Stillwater
3 - Putnam City North
3 - Southmoore
2 - Midwest City
2 - Norman North
2 - Westmoore
1 - Sapulpa
1 - Shawnee

3X Sandite of the Week Riley Weir wins Regional Championship

Charles Page High School junior Riley Weir was selected as our Sandite of the Week for his first-place finish at the OSSAA 6A-East Regional Championship. 

Weir pinned his first three opponents en route to his second-straight Regional title and third State Tournament appearance. 

He pinned Garrett Johnson in 2:51, Henry Warren in 2:24, and Blazik Perez in 5:16, then won a 4-0 decision over Mustang's Tucker Owens to avenge a 2-1 loss at Dual State. 

At press-time, the Sandites are mid-tournament at Oklahoma City's Jim Norick Arena. Weir pinned Shawnee junior Caleb Nahmahpeah (27-8) in 59 seconds in the first round of the State Championship. 

 

CPHS Wrestling: Four Sandites advance to semifinals, team in 3rd Place

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Four members of the Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team won their quarterfinal matches at the OSSAA State Tournament Friday morning. Five others will head to the consolation bracket  at Oklahoma City’s Jim Norick Arena Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.

106-pound freshman Carter Young (38-1) came out hard and fast against Deer Creek sophomore Jason Gilbert (28-12), scoring a pair of takedowns and nearfall points for a 9-2 first period lead. He added another takedown early in the second before pinning his foe in 2:37. In the semifinals he will take on Mustang freshman Keegan Luton (33-8), who he previously defeated 16-1 at Dual State.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (27-7, 89-25) easily handled Shawnee junior Caleb Nahmahpeah (27-8) at 113, taking a 4-1 lead before pinning his opponent in 59 seconds. He will wrestle Bartlesville junior Corwin Strachan (38-9) in the semis, and is 2-0 with two decisions against the Bruin this year.

145 sophomore Chris Kirby (21-8) gave up a quick takedown and nearfall points to Edmond North senior Anthony DesVigne (33-17) for a 5-0 deficit. He started the second period on top and scored three with a headlock, but gave up a reversal soon after. Trailing 7-3, he flipped the script for a pin in 3:53. The Sandite will meet Yukon senior Jaxen Gilmore (37-3) in the semifinals.

152 junior Kaleb Tabor (25-11) wasted no time against Yukon sophomore Landis Scoon, taking a 5-0 lead with nearfall points before pinning the Miller in 1:34. In the semifinals he will meet Owasso sophomore Richie Lee (23-7) who he previously defeated 6-3 earlier this season.

120 sophomore Seth Jones (26-15, 28-18) went scoreless through the first period against Edmond Memorial sophomore Garrett Johnson (14-7) and they tied 2-2 after the second, Johnson with a takedown and Jones with a pair of escapes. Johnson cut loose and scored for a third period lead. Jones got one more escape, but Johnson scored and rode it out for a 7-4 decision. He will wrestle Union senior CaRon Watson (26-15) in consolation. Jones is 3-1 against Watson this year, losing their first match 8-5, but winning the last three.

126 senior Blake Sargent (13-8, 102-33) fell to Broken Arrow junior Reese Witcraft (34-6). Witcraft scored two takedowns in the first period, one in the second, and two in the third for a 12-3 major decision. He will wrestle Muskogee senior Kyri Beasley (31-7) in consolation. Beasley defeated the Sandite 4-2 in overtime at Regionals.

132 junior Irwin Portillo (30-18, 36-23) gave up a takedown to Edmond North senior Trent Higginbotham (33-11) with ten seconds left in the first. Higginbotham rode out the second period and escaped to start the third. Portillo got a takedown midway through the final stanza, cut his opponent loose, but was unable to score again and fell 4-2. In consolation he will take on Southmoore sophomore Roarke Simpson (25-11). The two haven’t met this season, but Portillo won a 7-4 decision in 2016.

138 junior Scott Patton (27-19, 34-21) trailed Edmond Memorial junior Pete Rolle (27-6) 4-2 to start the third period on top and gave up an escape and a takedown for a 7-2 decision. He will wrestle Deer Creek junior Parker Wright (28-14) in consolation.

220 senior Gage Fain (20-9, 59-47) went scoreless through most of the first period before Edmond North junior Blake Minnick (36-11) scored a takedown and back points with fifteen seconds left. The two exchanged escapes and started the third period neutral, where Minnick took him to the mat once again. Fain escaped and got a takedown of his own, but Minnick got loose and maintained a 12-4 major decision. Fain will wrestle Jenks junior Jared Galli (24-14) in consolation. He has previously pinned Galli twice this season.

The Sandites are the defending State Champions, but returned only one of their last season’s five individual champions. They are currently third with sixteen team points behind Broken Arrow (26.5) and Choctaw (26). The semifinals will begin Friday at 8:15 p.m. Consolation semis and finals will go from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Championship finals at 5:45 p.m.

CPHS Wrestling: Nine Sandites in contention after first round at State Tournament

Oklahoma City - Nine qualifiers from the Charles Page High School wrestling team are still in contention after the first round at the OSSAA Class 6A State Championship. One was eliminated Friday morning at Jim Norick Arena. 

This year the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association adopted a new round for the tournament, a wrestle-in match pitting the fifth-place wrestler from each region against the fourth-place finisher from the other side of the state. The loser of that match is eliminated. In past years, only the top-four finishers from each region advanced to the State tournament. 

Senior Blake Sargent (13-7, 102-32) took on Joseph Reynolds at 126. The Sandite scored a takedown in the first minute, gave up an escape, then started the second period with an escape of his own. He added another takedown for back points and started the final stretch 7-1. Nearfall points with twenty seconds left made for an 11-1 major decision.

138 Junior Scott Patton (27-18, 34-20) went scoreless through the first two periods against Brett Pinkston and made the go-ahead escape with half a second remaining for the 1-0 decision.

170 Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-21) immediately took down Rene Martinez then cut him loose late in the first. Martinez reversed and rode out the second and third periods for a 3-2 decision.

No team points were awarded for the qualifying matches. The first round of brackets will kick off immediately following the wrestle-in round.

106 - Carter Young (37-1) will take on Jason Gilbert.
113 - Riley Weir (26-7, 88-25) will take on Caleb Nahmahpeah.
120 - Seth Jones (26-14, 28-17) will wrestle Garrett Johnson who he holds a 0-1 record against.
126 - Sargent will take on Reese Witcraft who he is 0-3 against.
132 - Irwin Portillo (30-17, 36-22) will take on Trent Higginbotham.
138 - Patton will wrestle Pete Rolle.
145 - Chris Kirby (20-8) will wrestle Anthony DesVigne.
152 - Kaleb Tabor (24-11) will wrestle Landis Scoon.
220 - Gage Fain (20-8, 59-46) will wrestle Blake Minnick who he is 0-1 against.

CPHS Wrestling: Ten Sandites head to OKC to defend State Title

 Defending State Champion Riley Weir will aim to lead his team to another first-place finish at the OSSAA State Tournament this weekend.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir will aim to lead his team to another first-place finish at the OSSAA State Tournament this weekend.

Ten members of the Charles Page High School wrestling team will head to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City this Friday for the first rounds of the OSSAA 6A State Tournament. The Sandites are the defending State Champions, but will return only two of their previous year's State Qualifiers, and one of their five State Champions. 

This year the OSSAA adopted a new round for the tournament, a wrestle-in match pitting the fifth-place wrestler from each region against the fourth-place finisher from the other side of the state. The loser of that match is eliminated. In past years, only the top-four finishers from each region advanced to the State tournament.

106-pound Carter Young (37-1) has had the most remarkable freshman season since Daton Fix’s varsity debut in 2014, losing only one match. That one match was a 4-2 overtime decision to nationally-ranked Ryan Miller from New Jersey’s Blair Academy. Young is thirteenth in FloWrestling’s latest rankings, riding a twenty-straight win streak.

Young will meet either Jason Gilbert or Shayden Trant in the first round of the tournament. He has yet to meet either this season. Next he will wrestle either Keegan Luton or Cooper Evans. He teched Luton 16-1 at Dual State and Cooper Evans 21-5 at the Westmoore Open.

On the other end of the bracket, Young has beaten Jared Hill 9-0 and pinned him twice this year. He also has a 19-5 major decision over Caleb Williams, and a pair of tech falls against David Boucher. He has yet to meet Brock Harris or West Champion Studd Morris.

Defending State Champion Riley Weir (26-7, 88-25) won the first of five Sandite State titles last year, helping the team to their first title since 1971. The 113 junior has battled injury this season but still managed to bring home three tournament titles.

In the first round he will take on either Caleb Nahmahpeah or Kristopher Humble, neither of which has he met before. Then he will take on either Nate Becker or Corwin Strachan. The last time he met Becker was the first round of last year’s tournament when he won 9-1. He has two decisions against Strachan, 7-0 and 4-0.

On the other end of the bracket is Tucker Owens, who Weir has split decisions with. At Dual State he suffered a 2-1 loss with an injury, but got payback at Regionals 4-0. Weir is 3-0 against Blazik Perez and 1-0 against Dominic Derr, but hasn’t met the jaguar since freshman year when he won 9-0. He has yet to meet Jake Wright or West Champion Jackson Oplotnik who is 30-5 this year.

120 sophomore Seth Jones (26-14, 28-17) will make his State debut against Garrett Johnson who he last met at the 2016 Perry Tournament of Champions in a 9-5 loss. From there he will take on either Laif Jones, Caron Watson, or Dillon Martin. The Sandite is 3-1 against Watson this year, losing their first match 8-5, but winning the last three. East Champion Laif Jones has recorded a pair of 5-0 decisions against the Sandite this season. He has yet to meet Martin.

On the opposite side of the bracket is Joseph Lupton, Andy Schlaepfer, Zeke Washington, Jacob Hodges, and West Champion Hudson Neeley. Jones has split decisions against Lupton and is 0-2 against Washington. He fell 4-2 at Regionals and 9-8 in a dual. He has yet to meet Hodges or Neeley.

126 senior Blake Sargent (12-7, 101-32) will make his third trip to State thanks to the new fifth-place wrestle-in. He placed third as a sophomore but failed to place last year. The Sandite has been battling injury all year and has seen little action, wrestling less than half as many matches as the previous two seasons.

If he can make it past Joseph Reynolds in their first meeting, he will take on East Champion Reece Witcraft, who he is 0-3 against this year with decisions of 7-4, 11-8, and 9-1. From there he will take on either Kyri Beasley or Cade Manion. Sargent fell to Beasley 4-2 in overtime at Regionals, and he has yet to meet Manion.

On the other side of the bracket are Branden Elrod, Ethan Martin, Cameron Picklo, Kylon Burgert, and West Champion Colt Newton. Sargent beat Elrod 4-3 this season, but fell 4-2 to Picklo. He has yet to meet Martin, Burgert, or Newton.

Junior Irwin Portillo (30-17, 36-22) qualified for the first time at 132 and will take on Trent Higginbotham in the first round. It will be their first meeting. From there he will take on Roarke Simpson, John Ritchey, or Dylan Schickram. He defeated Simpson 7-4 in 2016, he’s 3-0 with three decisions against Ritchey, and he’s 0-3 against Schickram with three losses by fall.

On the other end of the bracket is Blake Gonzalez, Ty Lutze, Brayden Strachan, Camden Evans, and West Champion Gabe Johnson. Portillo fell 5-2 to Gonzalez last month, has three losses by decision to Lutze, and defeated Strachan 5-3 at Regionals. He has yet to meet Evans or Johnson.

Junior Scott Patton (26-18, 33-20) qualified at 138 and will have to fend off Brett Pinkston to defend his spot in the bracket. The last time they met went to overtime and the Sandite won 9-7 in the first round at Geary. If he wins, he will take on West Champion Peter Rolle, who he last met in the second round at Geary. He lost that match 9-4. From there he will take on either Parker Wright or Spencer Schickram. He has yet to meet Wright, but lost an 11-4 decision to Schickram in January.

On the other side of the bracket are Ja’len Hernandez, Connor Holman, Baylor Smith, Bryce Petering, and Christian Webb. Hernandez has three decisions over Patton, two of which were by a single point. Holman won 11-4 at Perry. Smith has one decision and two majors on Patton. Patton has defeated Webb by decision and pin, but has not yet met Petering.

Sophomore Chris Kirby (20-8) will take on Anthony DesVigne for the first time at 145, then will wrestle Chandler Holman, Austin Daniels, or West Champion Jaxen Gilmore. He hasn’t wrestled Holman or Gilmore, and has split wins with Daniels. Daniels won 16-0 in a dual last month, but Kirby got payback with a pin at Regionals.

On the other side of the bracket is Micah Lugafet, Hunter Skaggs, Ryan Swanson, Blake Ramos, and East Champion Tate Picklo. He pinned Skaggs at the Bobby Lyons Invitational and has yet to meet Lugafet. He split wins with Ramos, pinning the Redskin in a dual, but falling 14-3 at the Bobby Lyons tournament. Picklo has a pair of wins over Kirby, a tech fall at Regionals, and a pin at Dual State.

Junior Kaleb Tabor (24-11) will take on Landis Scoon at 152 in their first meeting. Then he will wrestle Richie Lee, Ian Brown, or Kyle Knowles. Tabor has yet to meet Brown or Knowles, but holds a 6-3 decision over Lee.

On the other end of the bracket are Kruz Simons, Drake Vannoy, Joseph Sylvester, Bryce Corona, and East Champion Brady Mattioda. Tabor defeated Sylvester 3-0 at Dual State and fell 6-3 to Vannoy last month. He has yet to meet Simons or Corona, and has a pair of two-point losses to Mattioda.

Junior Dayvon Taylor (20-20) will wrestle in against Rene Martinez at 170, then will take on East Champion Bryce Mattioda if he wins. After Mattioda will be either J.T. Stambeck or Kaleb Mertz. Mattioda has three decisions over Taylor with an average score of 7-0. He has yet to meet Stambeck, and fell 7-6 to Mertz at Regionals.

On the other side of the bracket are Brannigan Reyes, Trey Bowman, Shane Flandermeyer, Austin Manley, and defending State Champion Zane Coleman. Taylor and Reyes split decisions this season. Reyes won 6-5 at Dual State, but Taylor won 10-7 at Regionals. Taylor pinned Manley in a dual, but has yet to meet Bowman, Flandermeyer, or Coleman.

Senior Gage Fain (20-8, 59-46) is making his first trip to State at 220, and will take on Blake Minnick in round one. He fell 9-3 to Minnick at the Kansas City Stampede in December. From there he will wrestle Griff Stanley, Jared Galli, or defending State Champion Zach Marcheselli. He has pinned Galli twice this season, was pinned by Marcheselli at Regionals, and has yet to meet Stanley.

On the opposite side of the bracket are Micah Walker, Marquon Journey, Kameron Linsenmeyer, Tony Opichka, and West Champion Mason Lancaster. He fell 3-1 to Walker at Geary, defeated Linsenmeyer 3-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker at Regionals, and has yet to meet the other three.

The State Tournament will kick off with wrestle-in matches at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. First-round matches will be held at 11:00 a.m., first-round consolations will be at 5:30 p.m., and the semifinals will begin at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday the consolation semifinals will begin at 10:30 a.m., the consolations finals will be at 12:45 p.m., and the finals will be at 5:45 p.m. 

2017 State Tournament Scores
129.5 Sand Springs
124 Broken Arrow
110.5 Choctaw
64 Edmond North
47 Stillwater
41 Mustang
35 Owasso
33 Ponca City
33 Westmoore
33 Yukon
31.5 Midwest City
28 Norman North
25 Edmond Memorial
20 Putnam City
17 Deer Creek
14 Enid
12 Sapulpa
11 Union
9 Bartlesville
5 Bixby
4 Edmond Santa Fe
3 Moore
1 Norman
0 Muskogee
0 Putnam City North

State Qualifiers by team
12 – No. 2 Choctaw
11 – No. 3 Edmond North
11 - No. 4 Mustang
10 – No. 1 Broken Arrow
10 - No. 5 Sand Springs
9 – No. 8 Deer Creek
8 – No. 12 Southmoore
7 – No. 6 Ponca City
6 – No. 7 Edmond Memorial
6 - No. 11 Owasso
6 - Union
6 - No. 9 Yukon
5 – No. 13 Bartlesville
5- No. 10 Jenks
5- Westmoore
4 – Putnam City
3 – No. 14 Muskogee
3- Stillwater
3 - Putnam City North
3 - Sapulpa
2 – Norman North
2 - Shawnee
1 – Midwest City
1 - Moore
1 - Norman

Youth Wrestling: Sand Springs Team Big wins Rough Neck Rumble

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The Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club won the Rough Neck Rumble at the Cox Business Center this past weekend with five champions and five runners-up. The event was part of the USA Wrestling Tour of America Folkstyle competition.

The Sandites placed fourth in Bantam, second in Novice, and first in Middle School for an overall score of 179 points to lead Mission Arlington at 143.

Middle School

Christian Forbes (21-3) won the ninety-pound bracket with a pair of decisions, defeating Aspen Jolly 9-1 and Camden Padgett 2-1.

Kaden Glass (20-1) won the 250-pound bracket, pinning Tyler Rich in fifteen seconds and winning a 1-0 decision against teammate Caleb Phillips (5-2). Phillips pinned Rich in 42 seconds for second place.

Clayton Giddens-Buttram (31-2) won at 71 pounds, pinning Dylan Bratt in 2:20 and defeating Muhammad Badery 7-0.

Abraham Flores (17-6) came in runner-up at 114 pounds, majoring Shane Lovejoy 12-0, but falling 3-1 to Ayden Little.

Ethan White (15-11) placed second at 130 pounds. He pinned Kasey Griffin in 2:11 and defeated Alec Strange 3-0 before falling 2-0 to Gavin Thammavongsa in the finals. In the second-place challenge match he defended his silver with a 5-0 decision over Braxton Bacon.

Kaiser Simpson (2-1) placed second at 87, defeating William Heger 3-0 and Joseph Liescheski 1-0 before falling to Tyler Kaahanui.

Intermediate

Will Meredith (9-4) won the 49-pound bracket easily, pinning Noah Back in 23 seconds, then defeating Dawson Back 7-0 and Roman Tyler 7-1.

Kasen McAffrey (18-4) placed third at 71 pounds. He pinned Caiden Estrada in 1:32 before falling to Knox Karnowski, then pinned Kaden Lewis in 0:34 and Estrada in 0:36 in consolation.

Novice

Grady Mittasch (20-6) won the 74-pound bracket, defeating Destin Parker 13-8 and Hayden Wright 1-0, and pinning Isaiah Jones in 3:39.

Adrian Flores (5-14) came in runner-up at 117 pounds, pinning Titan Hix and Frankie Esparza, but falling to Aiden Cooley.

Jaxon Trotter (10-9) placed third at 98 pounds. He was pinned by Brayden Dougherty in the opening round, but snapped back with a 3-1 decision over Waylen Morrison and an 11-0 major decision against Tristan Thompsonto win the consolation bracket. In the second-place challenge match he fell 12-2 to Ritson Meyer.