Pawhuska eighth-grader Price Perrier earned outstanding wrestler honors Saturday as he helped the Huskies to a fourth-place finish in the Will Rogers Conference Junior High Tournament, which was held at Vinita.
Perrier was one of three individual champions for the Pawhuska Junior High School squad. He garnered the championship in the 98-pound weight class.
PJHS eighth-grader Payton McCarty won the 132-pound title and Huskie freshman Jonathan Moody took the crown in the 140-pound class. Also for Pawhuska, freshman Caleb Bruce placed second at 152 pounds and another ninth-grader, John Bighorse, finished third in the 200-pound division.
Pawhuska coach Patrick McCarty said he was pleased by the performances of each of the local team members.
"We started the season with a pretty green group of guys, but all of them gave their best efforts," McCarty said.
The coach pointed out that Perrier won his division without receiving the benefit of a tournament seeding.
"Because of the weather, we got there after they had already met to decide the seeds," said McCarty. "Price definitely should have been seeded, but he didn’t let that bother him."
McCarty said Perrier won a fall over the No. 4 seed in his opening match and then pinned the top seed to advance into the championship round. In the finals, the young Huskie grappler posted a 9-2 decision over a Pawnee foe he had split matches against earlier in the year.
Moody also was dominant in winning his second tourney title in as many weeks. On the previous Saturday, Moody claimed a Carman Classic crown at 162 pounds, but he dropped down to the 140-pound class for the Vinita event.
The fourth-place team finish put PJHS in the upper third of the 12-school conference. Miami won the event, with Pawnee taking second and Oologah third.
Pawhuska’s varsity mat squad is to take part Saturday in the Will Rogers Conference High School Tournament scheduled for Pawnee. Meanwhile, the junior-high Huskies will take a 10-to-12 contingent of student athletes to the Oklahoma Junior High State Tournament set Friday and Saturday at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
"Several of our boys will also be competing Sunday in a state regional tournament that’s being held at Stillwater," McCarty added. "It’s a busy time of the year for wrestlers."