Paced by a gold medal-winning performance by senior Levi Youngwolfe, the Pawhuska High School Huskies recorded their third straight top 10 finish in the final team standings at the Oklahoma Class 3A Wrestling Tournament.
Two victories in Saturday’s consolations earned Pawhuska sophomore Price Perrier third-place honors in the 120-pound division. Perrier won a 5-4 decision against Marlow’s Kobey Kizar, the No. 2-overall seed, and then pinned Pawnee’s Wesley Scott in the consolation finals.
On Friday, Perrier rocked and rolled to a 11-0 lead before pinning his first-round opponent — a junior from Heritage Hall. In the evening semifinals, the PHS sophomore lost a close decision — 3-2 — to top-seeded Kolton Smith of Bridge Creek.
Making his third state appearance, Pawhuska’s Brycen Swan was a first-round winner by decision, 8-4, over the 138-pound No. 3 seed, a senior from Geary-Watonga. Swan ran into an immoveable force, Heritage Hall’s undefeated (for three years) Kaden Gfeller, in the semifinals. The Huskie senior lasted longer than anyone else in the tourney against the Oklahoma State signee, who pinned his first-round opponent in 18 seconds and his finals’ foe in 16 ticks. Swan (who took a 31-5 record into the Gfeller match) was eliminated in the consolation semifinals by Walters’ Gus Wrape, the eventual third-place finisher.