Several Osage County wrestlers are heading to the state tournament based on their regional tournament performances Friday and Saturday.
As part of the Panthers’ fifth place team finish at the Class 3A eastern regional at Sperry High School, four Barnsdall wrestlers earned berths to this weekend’s state tournament in Oklahoma City. In each weight class, the top four finishers automatically qualify for the state tournament. (See story above.)
Two sophomore Pawhuska wrestlers also qualified for state at the 3A regional. As a team, the Huskies tied for 13th with Bristow.
Levi Youngwolfe recorded two technical falls and a pin en route to a runner-up finish in the 120-pound bracket. He is seeded fifth at state and will open against Ethan Allen from Geary-Watonga.
In the 132-pound bracket, Brycen Swan finished fourth after Heritage Hall’s Colton Denney recorded a 15-2 major decision in the consolation finals. He is seeded eighth and will open against undefeated Plainview senior Dylan Lucas.
Winners of 12 of the last 15 state titles and the 2015 dual state champions, the Perry Maroons finished first among the 24 teams by a 95-point margin thanks in part to 10 first-round pins and six wrestlers advancing to Saturday night’s finals.
Meanwhile, at the 5A east regional in Tahlequah, three Skiatook wrestlers punched their tickets to state as the Bulldogs finished 10th among 16 schools.
Junior Beau Wooden recorded a 10-3 decision over Grove’s Colby Layman to win the regional title at 220 pounds. The bracket’s top seed, Wooden also had two pins Friday night in the earlier rounds. His first round opponent at state is Oklahoma City Western Heights’ Tristen Gist, who finished fourth in the 5A western regional Saturday in Duncan.
Joining Wooden at state are junior Billy Beyen, who finished third at 195 pounds, and senior Cameron Hudson, who finished fourth in the 182-pound bracket. Beyen will open against Oklahoma City Western Heights’ Cesar Castanon while Hudson will face Shawnee senior Thomas Shepard in the first round.
The state wrestling tournaments are scheduled to start Friday in Oklahoma City. Weigh-in is scheduled for 8 a.m. and the first round for all classes will start at 10:30 a.m. Like the regional tournaments, the state tournament is a double-elimination affair.
by Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton