It’s still early but here’s what we’ve learned in the first month of the Oklahoma high school wrestling season…
Choctaw is still good
The 2016 dual and state champion still has plenty of weapons. The Yellowjackets went to the Reno Tournament of Champions and finished third overall, thanks to Jaryn Curry’s domination at 160 pounds.
Curry was lethal near in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and he registered a 10-4 victory over Buchanan’s Joel Romero in the finals.
The Yellowjackets also had Zane Coleman (170) finished third in Reno.
Before they ventured west, the Yellowjackets also cruised to the Perry Tournament of Champions title. Caleb Williams (106), Colt Newton (126), Connor Holman (138), Jefferson Speer (160), Curry (170), Coleman (182), Easton Rendleman (195) and Caulin Poole (285) all finished in the top three with Newton, Curry, Coleman and Rendleman all winning individual titles.
Awaiting Choctaw in January will be challenges at the Geary Invitational and the Yukon tournament, and the Yellowjackets will almost certainly be in the running at dual state and the state tournament two weeks later.
Hello, Carter Young
Sand Springs may not have Daton Fix anymore, but the Sandites have Carter Young. And he’s really good.
All the freshman standout has done to this point is crush the 106-pound field at the Perry Tournament of Champions. En route to the finals, he won by technical fall, fall and major decision, and then he posted a 15-7 major decision win over Perry’s Ryan Smith in the finals.
Then Young ventured to the Kansas City Stampede, where he won the individual title there, too. He claimed the gold after beating Goddard’s Jason Henschel 7-0 in the finals.
No elbow room in 5A
Classes 6A, 4A and 3A figure to be two-team races or Tuttle’s march to another championship in 4A. But 5A could have some drama this year.
Lawton MacArthur is ranked No. 1 now with Nick Mahan and Hunter Jump leading the way. They both won individual titles at the Perry tournament in December.
No. 2 Collinsville features Rocky Stephens (113), Caleb Tanner (126) and Connor Henson (132) — all of whom finished in the top three in their weight classes at the Mid America Nationals in Enid.
Coweta has Bennett Moudy (132) and Talon Borror (182), which make the Tigers dangerous.
And even Altus, Piedmont and Claremore has some contenders that could make things interesting.
Tuttle still is Tuttle
The Jenks-Union tyrannical reign is over in Class 6AI football in Oklahoma. So that leaves Tuttle wrestling as perhaps the most dominant program out there among high school sports.
Since 2009, Tuttle has won every state tournament and eight of the past nine dual state tournaments.
Now Tuttle is rampaging over everyone again this year. Led by Rhett Golowenski (120), Luke Surber (138), Dustin Plott (160) and Carson Berryhill (170), the Tigers will have everyone else in 4A competing for second place in 2018.
Comanche with a chance?
Perry ended its two-year title drought with a state title last year, and the Maroons have Ryan Smith (106), Alex Valencia (126), Dylan Avery (132) and Jace Burdick (170) leading the way this year.
But Comanche could have a shot at disrupting Perry’s dominance in 3A. With Jaxon Miller (120), Gage Miller (132), Cade Cook (170), Dailen Presgrove (182) and Konner Doucet (195), Comanche will make it a little harder for Perry in its pursuit of another championship.
… Now comes a wild two months of wrestling in Oklahoma.
— By BEN JOHNSON, Owrestle contributor