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2017-2018 Oklahoma High School Wrestling Preview

Wrestling Preview

Contributed By BEN JOHNSON

 

6A

2017 team champion: Sand Springs

2017 dual state champion: Sand Springs

2017 state champions that graduated (8): Canon Randall (113, Westmoore), Paxton Rosen (120, Edmond North), Tanner Cole (126, Deer Creek), Daton Fix (132, Sand Springs), Jack Karstetter (138, Sand Springs), Beau Bratcher (145, Sand Springs), Skyler Haynes (220, Broken Arrow), Trenton Lieurance (285, Broken Arrow).

2017 state champions returning (6): Riley Weir (106, Sand Springs), Payton Scott (152, Sand Springs), Jaryn Curry (160, Choctaw), Zane Coleman (170, Choctaw), Gavin Potter (182, Broken Arrow), Zach Marcheselli (195, Broken Arrow),

Wrestlers to watch this season

– Colt Newton (Choctaw): Lost to Canon Randall in the 113 championship match by a 5-1 decision. Last year as a sophomore he went 33-5.

– Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow): Lost to Magdaleno Gomez in the championship match by (Fall 3:26). Last year as a Sophomore he went 39-7

– Payton Scott (Sand Springs): The Sandites’ recording-setting running back in football went 43-3 en route to a state championship last season.

– Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow): As a sophomore last season, Potter won a state title with a 1-0 decision over Choctaw’s Easton Rendleman, who returns as a senior this year.

– Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow): Talk about cruising to a state championship. Marcheselli won all three state tournament matches by fall with none making it to the third period.

– Mason Lancaster (Putnam City): As a 220 junior last season, Lancaster entered the state tournament 23-1. He lost to eventual champion, Broken Arrow’s Skyler Haynes, 9-8 in an ultimate ride-out in the semifinals.

 

5A

2017 team champion: Lawton MacArthur

2017 dual state champion: Lawton MacArthur

2017 state champions that graduated: Wyatt Adams (106, Lawton MacArthur), Hunter Smith (120, McAlester), Magdaleno Gomez (126, Altus), Garrett Wild (132, Glenpool), Dylan Rowland (138, Lawton MacArthur), Nate Keim (145, Collinsville), Elijah Tanner (152, Collinsville), Austin Short (160, Claremore), Bear Hughes (195, Coweta), Matt Smith (220, Bishop Kelley).

2017 state champions returning: Caleb Tanner (113, Collinsville), Talon Borror (170, Coweta), Jerome Townsell (182, Edison), Montana Phillips (285, Lawton MacArthur).

Wrestlers to watch this season

– Rocky Stephens (Collinsville): Nearly took down eventual champion Wyatt Adams at 106 pounds in the state semifinals. Finished 22-4 as a freshman last season.

– Caleb Tanner (Collinsville): As a freshman, he went 39-1 and won all three matches at the state tournament by fall.

– Talon Borror (Coweta): Knocked off Lawton MacArthur’s Nick Mahan 3-1 in sudden victory in the state finals to finish the year 42-3.

– Jerome Townsell (Edison): Wrapped up a 34-1 season with a state championship.

– Montana Phillips (Lawton MacArthur): Atoned for a regional loss to Altus’ Keegan Pride by knocking him off in the state finals for the championship.

 

4A

2017 team champion: Tuttle

2017 dual state champion: Tuttle

2017 state champions that graduated (9): Cale Johnson (106, Tuttle), Jet Taylor (126, Sallisaw), Tanner Litterell (138, Tuttle), Brik Filippo (145, Tuttle), Tanner Skidgel (152, Cascia Hall), Tanner Johnson (170, Tuttle), Justin Cates (182, Fort Gibson), Malcolm Rodriguez (195, Wagoner), Brock Martin (220, Oologah).

 

2017 state champions returning (5): Luke Surber (113, Tuttle), Rhett Golowenski (120, Tuttle), Jacob Butler (132, Elgin), Carson Berryhill (160, Tuttle), Ryan Bracken (285, Blanchard).

 

Wrestlers to watch this season

– Garrett Steidley (Tuttle): In 6A last year only losing to Riley Weir (Dec 4-2) in the finals at the state tournament. Finishing his season with a 30-4 record.

– Luke Surber (Tuttle): The son of Tuttle coach Matt Surber cruised to a state championship as a freshman. He beat Chickasha’s Montana Moon 8-1 in the state finals.

– Billy Simpson (Cushing): Entered the state tournament at 132 pounds with only two losses. He had to settle for third after a semifinal loss to Tuttle’s Brady DeArmond.

– Dalton Abney (Cascia Hall): As a junior, Abney lost in the 170 state finals to Tuttle’s Tanner Johnson. Abney had entered the state tournament 39-2.

– Drake Barbee (Stilwell): Put together a strong sophomore season and went 44-5 after finishing second to Cates at 182 pounds.

– Zane Crisp (Madill): Not his fault he ran into a buzzsaw known as Oologah’s Brock Martin in the 220 state finals. Had only lost six times entering the state tournament.

 

 

3A

2017 team champion: Perry

2017 dual state champion: Perry

2017 state champions that graduated (8): Cale Betchan (120, Perry), Levi Youngwolfe (126, Pawhuska), Louden Akin (132, Sperry), Kaden Gfeller (138, Heritage Hall), Ty Lucas (152, Plainview), Alex Kauffman (182, Vinita), Connor Webb (220, Davis), Dayne Thomason (285, Blackwell).

 

2017 state champions returning (6): Remington White (106, Walters), Val Park (113, Heritage Hall), Rodrick Mosley (145, Heritage Hall), Colton Denney (160, Heritage Hall), River Simon (170, Vian), Konner Doucet (195, Comanche)

 

Wrestlers to watch this season

– Remington White (Walters): A regional loss to Heritage Hall’s Cruz Aguilar was made up for with a win by fall at 1:14 in a rematch in the 106 state finals.

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