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6A state tournament: Wrestlers to watch

A breakdown of the Class 6A field and who to keep an eye on

The state tournament is this weekend in Oklahoma City. Find the Class 6A brackets here, and keep an eye on these wrestlers throughout the tournament…

Carter Young (106, Sand Springs): A heralded freshman who has steam-rolled to a 37-1 record this season. His lone loss this year was to Ryan Miller of Blair Academy (N.J.) in the Geary tournament finals.

Jackson Oplotnik (113, Edmond Memorial): Beat Edmond North’s Nate Becker with an 11-3 major decision for a regional championship.

Riley Weir (113, Sand Springs): As a sophomore, Weir won the 106 title in 6A last season. Now he bumps up a weight class in an attempt to win a title in a bracket that looks wide open.

Laif Jones (120, Bartlesville): Finished fourth at 120 pounds last season. He’s 34-3 this season after beating Mustang’s Joseph Lupton, 1-0, for a regional title last weekend.

Gabe Johnson (132, Choctaw): An abbreviated season to this point has Johnson at 19-2 after a 16-2 major decision win over Edmond North’s Trent Higginbotham in the regional finals.

Dylan Schickram (132, Ponca City): Everyone was competing for second place at 6A’s 132 pounds last year, thanks to Sand Springs’ Daton Fix. But Schickram is 38-1 this season and fresh off a dominating run to grab a regional crown last weekend.

Baylor Smith (138, Owasso): After a disappointing showing in last year’s state tournament, Smith has gone 39-2 as a senior this year, including a 3-1 decision victory over Ponca City’s Spencer Schickram in the regional finals.

Jaxen Gilmore (145, Yukon): He entered last year’s state tournament as a No. 1 seed was upset by Sand Springs’ Beau Bratcher in the semifinals. As a senior this year, he enters the state tournament at 36-3.

Tate Picklo (145, Mustang): Has compiled a 31-2 record as a freshman this season. Finished off Sand Springs’ Chris Kirby with a 20-5 tech fall in last week’s east regional finals.

Jaryn Curry (160, Choctaw): Won a state title as a sophomore (145 pounds) and as a junior (160). This year the University of Oklahoma commit is 37-2 after posting a 21-6 tech fall against Edmond North’s Charles Floyd in the regional finals.

Caleb Wise (160, Broken Arrow): Finished third at 160 last year after getting knocked off by Yukon’s Chase Vincent in the semifinals. Pinning Owasso’s Nolan Miller in 13 seconds landed Wise a regional title and improved his record to 32-5 as he heads to Oklahoma City.

Zane Coleman (170, Choctaw): A two-time state champion, Coleman, a junior, enters this year’s state tournament at 35-1.

Noah Hooks (182, Edmond North): A 7-2 win over PC North’s Jaylon Chiles in the regional finals improved Hooks to 40-6 on the eve of the state tournament for his senior year.

JD Johnson (182, Owasso): A 1-0 loss to Broken Arrow’s Gavin Potter in last year’s state semifinals resulted in Johnson leaving State Fair Arena with a third-place finish at 182. Now he heads to the state tournament as a No. 1 seed, thanks to a 3-2 tiebreaker win over Ponca City’s Lane Newlin in the regional finals.

Easton Rendleman (195, Choctaw): Finished second at 6A state tournament during both his sophomore and junior seasons. He’s now 32-3 after a 4-2 victory over Edmond North’s Jake McCoy in the regional finals.

Gavin Potter (195, Broken Arrow): Last year’s state champion at 182 pounds, Potter is 31-4 after a 4-3 win over Union’s Elijah Tomlin in the regional finals.

Mason Lancaster (220, Putnam City): Still unbeaten at 14-0 heading into the state tournament after recording a 1-0 win over Edmond North’s Blake Minnick in the regional finals.

Zach Marcheselli (220, Broken Arrow): He entered last year’s state tournament at 32-3 and dominated en route to the 195 crown. This year he’s 31-3, thanks to a 1-0 win over Union’s Micah Walker in the regional finals.

Caulin Poole (285, Choctaw): Competed at 220 in last year’s state tournament and finished fourth. Now he’s 36-4 as a No. 1 seed in the 285 field.

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