Check out the 3A brackets. And here’s a quick look at each weight class…
106: Watlers’ Remington White made easy work of his opponents in the 106 field at last year’s state tournament, but he’s moved up a weight class so 106 is wide open this year. Newkirk’s Dayton Cary (25-4) carries the best record among any of the qualifiers in the field, and he’s the top seed from the east. Perry’s Ryan Smith is 43-6 and fresh off a regional title. Vinita sophomore Alex Prince (31-7) is back in the state tournament after qualifying as a freshman last season.
113: Plainview’s Jaxon Roney was oh so close to a championship last season, but he lost in the 113 finals to Heritage Hall’s Val Park in a 3-3 ultimate tiebreaker. He carries a 35-1 mark heading into the state tournament. Then there’s White who put Walters on the map last season with a championship, and he’s 15-4 this season. Hinton’s Brian Pastrana is 28-5 and Vinita’s Keeton Ornder is 30-5. Newkirk’s Jeffri Juanes is the top seed from the east, and he is 27-8.
120: As a freshman, Perry’s Cade Nicholas (44-7) won a regional title last weekend and is the top seed out of the west. Berryhill’s Saige Martin (35-7) is the top seed from the east after posting a 6-2 win over Pawhuska’s Ryan Parks in the regional finals. Parks (21-5), Bridge Creek’s Kolton Smith (25-5) and Salina’s Tyler Small (37-5) all have only five losses to their credit this season.
126: Perry’s Alex Valencia, who finished third at 106 last season, would have been the favorite in the state tournament field, but a season-ending injury during the regional round ended his chances at a title. Mangum’s Jose Centeno (22-3) won the west regional crown, and Salina’s Austin Wilkins (39-11) is the top seed from the east.
132: All six of the top six seeds boast impressive records, led by Bridge Creek’s Kolby DePron (33-3) and Pawnee’s Wesley Scott (36-4), both of whom are the respective No. 2 seeds out of their regionals. Perry’s Dylan Avery (42-7) is the top seed from the west, and he finished third at last year’s state tournament as a freshman. Pawhuska’s Price Perrier (10-3) won the east regional with a 7-6 win over Scott.
138: This field didn’t stand a chance last season with Heritage Hall’s Kaden Gfeller steam-rolling everyone he faced en route to a fourth straight state championship. This year, Perry’s Hadyn Redus (45-7) is up a weight class from where he finished third last season. The bottom half of the bracket features Pawnee’s Austin Mitchell (40-5) and Little Axe’s Alec McDoulett (34-4), who finished fourth at 126 last season.
145: Riley Cinnamon is hoping this is the year. The Perry senior finished fourth during his freshman and sophomore years, and he was last season’s runner-up to Gfeller at 138. Cinnamon is 32-3 is in the top seed from the west. The bottom half of the bracket features Tonkawa’s Camrin Pfluger (28-4), Locust Grove’s Travis Brown (19-7) and Salina’s Payton McCarty (29-10), the top seed from the east.
152: A bit of an oddity here. Both top seeds — Tonkawa’s Rustin Martin (29-0) and Checotah’s Cade Shropshire (31-0) — are unbeaten headed into the state tournament. And Hulbert’s Jonathan McGowan (7-1) and Vian’s Whitt Fletcher (15-2) have only three combined losses.
160: Geary’s Kendell Johnson (33-4) was a point away from a state championship last season, but Heritage Hall’s Rodrick Mosley prevailed by one point, 4-3. Now Johnson is back as the top seed from the west. Barnsdall’s James Cole (26-4) is the top seed from the east after a 10-7 win over Blackwell’s Mikey Riley in the regional finals.
170: If he goes on to win a state championship, Jay sophomore Zach Coy (47-3) will hit the 50-win mark for the season. Perry’s Jace Burdick (39-9) is the top seed from the west after finishing fourth at 152 last year.
182: Comanche’s Dailen Presgrove finished third at 182 last season, and he’s back in the field at 40-3 with a regional championship to his credit this season. In Presgrove’s half of the bracket is Vinita’s Aidan Hicks, who sports a 35-4 mark after finishing second at the east regionals. Locust Grove sophomore Taylor Fleming (25-3) is the top seed from the east, and Vian’s Kade Cato (23-8) shares space with Flemming in the bottom half of the bracket.
195: Comanche sophomore Konner Doucet (40-2) will attempt to make it two years in a row with a championship after winning the 195 crown last season. Sperry’s A.J. McEntire (33-7) finished fourth at 182 last year. Okmulgee is back in the state tournament this year with Chris Wallace (29-3), who finished second to McEntire during last week’s regional round.
220: Sulphur’s Dan Baker coasted to the finals last year against Doucet, but he was disqualified in the finals and watched as Doucet won the 195 championship as a freshman. Now Baker is back at 38-0 and as the top seed from the west. The bottom half of the bracket features Sperry’s Tyler Thompson (34-4), Tahlequah Sequoyah’s Sage Locust (26-8) and Plainview’s (28-4).
285: Davis’ Cooper Webb enters at 30-2 and as the top seed from the west, and Blackwell’s Jesse Quilamoco (40-8) sits in the top spot from the east.