Panther’s Incredible Hawes takes gold, Bulldog’s Kriege earns silver

Barnsdall junior Caleb Hawes is the Class 3A state champion after defeated Heritage Hall senior Ethan Walker, No. 1 ranked in the state.

Barnsdall junior Caleb Hawes is the Class 3A state champion after defeated Heritage Hall senior Ethan Walker, who was ranked No. 1 in the state. Hawes was ranked No. 2 after becoming the regional champion last week.

Barnsdall junior Caleb Hawes earned gold as the Class 3A state champion in the 195-pound weight division after defeating No. 1 ranked Ethan Walker, a senior from Heritage Hall. Hawes won in sudden death overtime Saturday at the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds. Last year he was a state runner up. He has lost only two matches this year, both to Class 6A state competitors.

Skiatook senior Ricky Kriege made his way to the Class 5A 113-pound state championship match where he fell to Collinsville sophomore Davion Jeffries in a third round period pin. Kriege was down 8-0 when he was pinned. Saturday marked Jeffries’ second state title. He was one of eight Collinsville Cardinals competing in a championship match.

Skiatook senior Mitch Ray, 195 pounds, and Pawhuska 5A juniors Taylor Priest, 120 pounds,  and Zalin Edwards, 160 pounds, each lost in the second round of the consolation brackets. Had they won one more match they would have been competing for fourth and third place at state.

Former Barnsdall Panther Marlon Houston Jr, now a Pawnee Black Bear junior, was runner up in the Class 3A 170-pound weight division, falling to Newkirk senior David Dowell. Houston lost in a 4-2 decision.

By Rachel Anne Seymour

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