The OSSAA state wrestling tournament begins this Friday in the Jim Norick Arena. If the last few weeks are any indication of what lies ahead, then we should expect nothing less than a two day long adrenaline rush, and by two days, I mean two full days! The action begins early on Friday, and ends late on Saturday. Here is a brief class by class breakdown of what to watch for during these two days:
6A- Last year, Broken Arrow had the team race wrapped up on Friday, as they had seven wrestlers punch their tickets into the finals. They could easily match that number this year; however, unlike last year, the team race should still be close late into Saturday night. This is because Mustang should be right there with them. My prediction is that Broken Arrow will have the lead late into Saturday night, but that Mustang will eventually overtake them. The race for third place should be exciting as well. My projections show this to be a three team race between Choctaw, Stillwater, and Edmond Memorial. Edmond North could sneak into this group, but it will take a couple of unexpected runs from wrestlers seeded third or fourth.
9-Cael Hughes- Stillwater 39-0 #16 nation
10-Christian Forbes-Broken Arrow
Hughes has looked unbeatable all year, but Chastain & Forbes are certainly capable.
12-Cruz Aguilar-Edmond Memorial 27-0 2019 State Champ-#17 nation
11-Tucker Owens-Mustang 2019 State Champ
12-Nate Becker-Edmond North
12-Jason Gilbert-Deer Creek
12-Garrett Johnson-Edmond Memorial (Lindenwood)
12-Bryce Cockrell-Broken Arrow
Owens is favored over one of the deepest weight classes in the state.
11-Cade Nicholas-Stillwater 2018 State Champ 3A
12-Jackson Cockrell-Broken Arrow (Maryland)
10-Matt Garcia-Edmond Memorial
12-Seth Jones-Charles Page
This should be a wild weight class. Would not surprise me if someone not on this list wins.
11-Carter Young-Stillwater 2018 State Champ
11-Blazik Perez-Broken Arrow
Young won the regional finals 8-6.
11-Jared Hill-Broken Arrow
11-Cade Manion-Deer Creek
10-Bam West-Edmond Memorial
11-Keegan Luton-Mustang (OCU)
This weight class could play a big role in the team race.
12-Jackson Oplotnik-Edmond Memorial
10-John Wiley-Mustang 2019 State Champ-#20 nation
12-Thatcher Hall-Jenks (OU)
12-Gabe Johnson-Choctaw (UCO) 2019 State Champ-#12 nation
12-Drake Vannoy-Jenks 2018 & 2019 State Champ
Vannoy and Davis have split matches this year, with Vannoy winning at regionals.
12-Bryce Mattioda-Broken Arrow
11-Tate Picklo-Mustang (OU) 44-0 2019 State Champ #10 nation
11-Emmanuel Skillings-Broken Arrow 2019 State Champ-#16 nation
12-Judson Rowland-Mustang (UCO) 2019 State Champ
12-Marquonn Journey-Choctaw 2019 State Champ
5A-The team race at state between Collinsville and Skiatook looked like it was going to be a good one back in January, but one defection, along with Skiatook not qualifying a couple of key weights at regionals, has changed this. Collinsville is now a heavy favorite, and Skiatook finds themselves in a dog fight for second with Piedmont. The race for fourth should be between Glenpool and MacArthur.
9-Conner Knapp-El Reno
Good chance that Gee & Gates will wrestle for the fourth time this year.
10-Cameron Steed-Collinsville 2019 State Champ
Steed has beaten Jernegan three times this year.
10-Troy Spratley-Collinsville 34-0 #11 nation
12-Many Rogers-Del City 2018 State Champ
10-Jordan Williams-Collinsville 2019 State Champ-#11 nation
12-Caleb Tanner-Collinsville (OU) 2017,2018, & 2019 State Champ-#8 nation
Tanner looks to become a four timer.
10-Josh Taylor-Skiatook 2018 & 2019 State Champ
Taylor won at dual state. Acklin won at regionals. Round three should be fun.
10-Cory Hicks-Durant 33-0
12-Traylon Jackson-Del City
Very few weight classes in 5A have this many contenders.
12-Landis Scoon-Piedmont (Ottawa)
12-Cody Hicks-Durant (Fort Hays) 2019 State Champ
Allphin should face the winner of the Scoon-Hicks semifinals match in the finals.
11-Cougar Anderson-Skiatook 30-0 (Ark-Little Rock) 2018 & 2019 State Champ
12-Jacob Law-El Reno
Lee enters as the favorite, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see any of the other three win it all.
12-Matt Santos-MacArthur 2019 State Champ
11-Brian Pollard-Colllinsville 12-0
12-Austin Cooley-Piedmont (Southern Illinois)
12-Cabe Dickerson-Altus (OU)
This weight class is wide open. I could see a bunch of upsets.
4A-Tuttle’s performance at regionals last week might go down as the greatest of all time, as they crowned twelve champions, and qualified all fourteen weights for state. Needless to say, they are a huge favorite headed into this weekend, and it will be interesting to see how many tournament records they set. Cushing should settle comfortably into the second spot, and Wagoner and Blanchard should be fighting for third and fourth.
Caviness hasn’t lost since cutting down from 113.
11-Eli Griffin-Cascia Hall (California Baptist) 2018 & 2019 State Champ-#13 nation
This should be the best three man race in 4A.
9-Boston Powell-Heritage Hall
Davis is favored here, but not by much.
11-Braden Drake-Wagoner 2019 State Champ
12-William Wright-Elk City
Repeating is never easy, especially with a weight class this deep.
12-Ryder Ramsey-Tuttle (UCO) 2018 & 2019 State Champ
9-KJ Evans-Heritage Hall
Ramsey is a big favorite, but don’t count out Evans. He is really talented.
Otero looks to get revenge from last year’s semis.
12-Brady DeArmond-Tuttle (UCO) 2018 & 2019 State Champ
10-Gannon Allen-Heritage Hall
12-Gage Hockett-Cushing (Wyoming) 2019 State Champ
Hockett beat Parrish 4-3 at dual state. Rematch should be fun.
12-Luke Surber-Tuttle (OSU) 2017 & 2019 State Champ-#11 nation
10-Harley Andrews-Tuttle #10 nation
12-Luke Fortney-Bristow 34-0 2019 State Champ
11-Ryder Wiese-Blanchard 2019 State Champ
3A-I have been ranking Perry really low all year, at least low by their standards. Well, this weekend they proved me wrong. They may not have won their regional, but they walked away with five champs. This is huge because it means they will have five one seeds at state. I don’t know if it will be enough to beat Comanche, but it definitely puts them in the mix. I have Sperry and Bridge Creek fighting it out for third and fourth, and Marlow finishing fifth. Marlow didn’t have a very good regional, but sometimes that can work to your advantage. It will be interesting to see if they bounce back.
10-Kaizyn Kraft-Bridge Creek
Perry needs to be perfect this weekend, so they really need Tiscareno in the finals here.
10-Kaden Smith-Bridge Creek
12-Tyler Lawson-Marlow 2019 State Champ
12-Alex Prince-Vinita 2019 State Champ
12-Ryan Smith-Perry 2018 & 2019
Epperson could put the race away early for Comanche if he does well here.
12-Anthony Orum-Marlow 2018 state Champ
This is the deepest weight class in 3A. All you have to do is look at the wrestle-in matches to see this.
12-Dylan Avery-Perry 2018 & 2019 State Champ
11-Kolby Depron-Bridge Creek 2019 State Champ
12-Bryce Carter-Sperry 2019 State Champ
12-Cade Cook-Comanche 2018 State Champ
Cook looks to avenge his loss to Carter in the finals last year.
12-Devon Baez-Bridge Creek
12-Konner Doucet-Comanche 44-0 (OSU) 2017, 2018, & 2019 State Champ #6 nation
Doucet looks to become a four timer
12-Cooper Webb-Davis 2018 & 2019 State Champ #16 nation
12-Alton Allen-Perkins Tyron
Girls-This year is the first year that girls will be competing at the state tournament. In all, 136 girls signed up for the exhibition tournament. The first official tournament will be in the 2021/2022 season. Here the #1 seeds for each weight:
100-Peyton Hand Choctaw 12-0
107-Jordan Blair Bethel 7-0
112-Chanelle Alburg Union 10-0
118-Allison Hynes Broken Arrow 21-1
127-Rain Van Tassel Hinton 7-2
136-Lilliam Gough-Jay 19-1
147-Brooklyn Harding Moore 7-0
161-Alia Karic-Page Putnam City West 13-2
185-Ryann Rumsey Moore 8-0
215-Olivia Brown Broken Arrow 19-0 Fargo Champ