It’s been a heck of a season for the Sand Springs Sandites. Our wrestlers went 9-2 in duals and had one of the strongest tournament showings in recent memory.
They started out the season with a bang, scoring an unforgettable 77-0 shutout at Owasso then traveled the next day to compete in the Perry Tournament of Champions where they took second with 2 champions, 1 second place winner, 3 third place winners, and a fifth place winner. After Perry, they traveled to the Kansas City Stampede where they placed higher than ever before, taking 6th with 1 champion, 7 placers, and 6 consolation placers.
The majority of the dual season was a breeze. #14 Ponca City was defeated 59-15. Booker T was slaughtered 77-6. #5 Union was handily brought down 45-20. #11 Bixby stood no chance, falling 61-18. Collinsville, #1 in 5A, went down 52-18. #13 Jenks lost 66-7, #20 Sapulpa lost 63-6, and #17 Muskogee lost 66-5. Our only two losses came to the number one teams. Stillwater was ranked first when we battled it out 28-30, then they dropped to second and we took on the new #1 team less than a week later when we lost 25-35 to Broken Arrow.
The Sandites took home 1st place in the Jenks tournament with 6 champions, 1 consolation champion, and 3 consolation runners-up. Next was the Sapulpa Tournament, where the Sandites took 2nd place with 2 champions, 5 runners-up, and four placers. After that, the Sandites traveled to Yukon where they brought home their second 1st place trophy this season with 2 champions, 1 runner-up, 5 third place finishers, 1 fourth place finisher, 1 fifth place finisher, and 2 sixth place finishers.
The Sandites finished the regular season ranked 3rd in 6A behind only Stillwater and Broken Arrow.
The Sandites swept up at East Regionals where Cody Randall took 3rd in 106, Jack Karstetter took 1st in 113, Daton Fix took 1st in 120, Cody Karstetter took 2nd in 126, Beau Bratcher took 1st in 132, Caleb Basma took 4th in 138, Zane Basma took 4th in 145, Michael Singleton took 2nd in 152, Lane Lettich took 3rd in 160, Trace Fleischman took 1st in 182, Cole Dixon took 6th in 195 and Kyler Childers took 3rd in 220. The Sandites took second overall and qualified 11 wrestlers for state, the most since the 1995-1996 season.
As I write this, the wrestlers are currently in Oklahoma City, doing work at state, while most of their supporters are stuck in Sand Springs, snowed in.
106: #5 Cody Randall lost his first match on day one to #2 ranked Canon Randall of Westmoore in a 5-0 decision. He went on to defeat Norman North’s #6 Jakob Houston in the consolation bracket in a 4-3 decision. On day two, he pinned Sapulpa’s Brandon Blose in 3:20, then narrowly defeated Broken Arrow’s #3 Tyler Lawley in a 2-1 decision for 3rd place, ending the season with a 40-8 record. Cody is a senior.
113: #2 Jack Karstetter lost his first match in a 6-4 decision to #7 Zane Taylor of Yukon, then pinned Ponca City’s #6 Dylan Schickram in an impressive 0:37 to end the first day. On day two, however, he lost 7-1 to Edmond North’s #1 Paxton Rosen and was eliminated from contention. He ends his season with a 35-9 record overall. Jack is a sophomore.
120: #1 Daton Fix won his first match of the day in a 24-9 tech fall only 5:21 into the match against Stillwater’s #8 ranked Tyler Dieringer, then pinned Edmond North’s #4 Brandon Bright in 2:53. On day two, Daton defeated Westmoore’s #2 Dalton Duffield in an 11-3 major decision, sealing his second consecutive state championship, and second undefeated season. He finished this season 43-0. Last season he was the undefeated champion of 113. Daton is a sophomore.
126: #2 Cody Karstetter defeated #5 Conor Dooling of Southmoore in a 12-3 major decision, then narrowly beat #3 Jacob Fontanez of Stillwater 1-0 on day one. On day two, Cody was defeated 3-1 by #1 Markus Simmons of Broken Arrow and had to settle for 2nd place. Simmons has only been beaten once this season, and it was by Daton Fix. Karstetter finished the season with a 38-8 record. Cody is a senior.
132: #2 Beau Bratcher lost his first match of day one to #4 Cy Trindle of Edmond North in a 3-1 decision, then lost his second match to Owasso’s Baylor Smith in a 6-2 decision, thus eliminating him from contention. Beau finished the season with a 34-11 record overall. Beau is a sophomore.
138: #6 Caleb Basma lost his first match of day one to #1 Boo Lewallen of Yukon by pin in 3:04, then lost his second match to Edmond North’s #7 Caleb Alexander in an 11-4 decision and was eliminated from the tournament. Caleb finishes the season with an overall record of 10-10. Caleb is a senior.
145: #8 Zane Basma lost his first match of day one to #1 Zachary Moore of Putnam City in a 13-3 major decision, but pinned #5 Daniel Mbainyael of Norman in 5:21. On day two, he was pinned in 2:00 by #7 Jake Thornton of Norman North. Zane finishes the season with a record of 28-15. Zane is a sophomore.
152: #3 Michael Singleton won his first match in a 7-5 decision against Midwest City’s #5 Evan Wilson, but was defeated in round two by Norman North’s Joseph Messer in an 11-4 decision. On day two, Singleton was defeated by #6 Gavin Millhouse of Del City in a 5-3 decision and eliminated from contention. He finished the season with a 30-16 record. Michael is a senior.
160: #4 Lane Lettich lost his first match of day one in a 7-4 decision to #2 Christian Bahl of Stillwater, then won his second match by pin in 5:10 against #6 Jackson McCoy of Edmond North. On day two he was pinned in 1:28 by #5 Deven Brewer of Westmoore and eliminated from the tournament. He finished the season with a 30-15 record. Lane is a junior.
182: #3 Trace Fleischman won his first match of day one in a 5-3 decision over Del City’s #5 Matt Lamb, but was defeated in round two by #6 Skyler Haynes of Broken Arrow. On day two, Trace defeated Ponca City’s #8 Austin Fry in an 11-4 decision, then pinned Bixby’s #4 Jared Kerr in 2:36, securing 3rd place. Trace finishes the season with a 13-3 record. Trace is a junior.
220: #6 Kyler Childers won his first match of day one in a close 4-3 decision over Stillwater’s #3 Cyntrell Carden, but lost in overtime to #1 Chance Wenglewski of Union. On day two, Childers pinned Del City’s #5 Nate Daniels in 1:13, then pinned Moore’s #7 Garrett Sanner in 5:05 to win 3rd place. Kyler is a senior.
The Sandites finished 3rd in 6A State with 85.5 points behind #1 Broken Arrow with 146 points and #2 Stillwater with 125 points.
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