PRYOR — Second-place finishes by the freshman trio of Daniel Nightengale, Levi Youngwolfe and Brycen Swan highlighted a strong showing by the Pawhuska Huskies last weekend at the Doug Rial Memorial High School Wrestling Tournament.
Despite being shut out in the championship round, the late-entry Huskie squad placed seventh in the overall tourney points — more than large schools Jenks, Broken Arrow, Bartlesville, Tulsa Edison and Bishop Kelley. PHS held fourth in the team standings following Friday’s championship semifinals, which opened with five Huskies still in contention for titles.
Pawhuska’s ninth-grade "light brigade" of Nightengale at 106, 113-pound Youngwolfe and Swan at 120 garnered maximum positive results for the Huskies by starting the pentultimate round with three consecutive victories by fall.
Nightengale pinned Jesse Grippando from Jenks with 1:10 left in the third period. Youngwolfe then stuck his foe, Freddie Burnett of Edison, in a lightening-quick 35 seconds. Swan needed only a minute and 23 seconds to record his fall against local favorite (and No. 2-seeded) Dylan Wright of Pryor. All three of the PHS mighty mites had also notched falls in their previous bouts.
Also gaining berths in semifinals for PHS were senior 160-pounder Zalin Edwards and junior heavyweight Dakota Jester. Both earned consolation third-place titles Saturday after losing tough battles in the semis.
In Saturday’s championships, Nightengale and Youngwolfe lost decisions (7-1 and 9-0, respectively) to top seeds Matt Schnorrenberg of Skiatook and Logan Litke of Pryor.
Swan lost by technical fall midway through the second period of his bout with rugged top-ranked senior Cullen Patterson, a three-time state tourney placer from Salina. (Huskie fans might remember Patterson as the football running back of the Wildcats who scored the initial touchdown against Pawhuska in November’s first-round state playoff loss at Salina.)
Edwards was well ahead on points when he got stuck with a pin move by eventual tourney champ Cory Wilson of Inola. In the consolation match, the all-sport standout of the Huskies dealt a 9-2 setback to Garrett Kitchel of Bartlesville, the same foe he had defeated a week earlier to claim his second straight title in PHS’s Carman Classic.
Jester narrowly missed advancing for the gold-medal round when he dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime Friday to the under-285 runnerup, Brandon Chambers of Edison. He showed his determination by winning third place with a 4-1 nod over Isaac Cota of Tulsa Hale.
The Huskie mat squad traveled out-of-state on Monday for a recently-scheduled dual against the Caney Valley, Kan., Bullpups. Last year, Caney Valley won a dual at Pawhuska with an overtime win in the final match of the night.
Wrestling Homecoming 2014, as well as PHS Senior Night, was to be observed Tuesday night at Oren Terrill Field House. (At press time, a forecast for winter weather had made the match uncertain.) Opponent for that dual was to be the Tulsa Hale Rangers.
The previous Tuesday, Jan. 28, Pawhuska made a trip westward to Perry for a meeting with the No. 1-ranked team in Oklahoma Class 3A. The Huskies scored nine points against the mighty Maroons, who registered a 64-9 triumph.
Youngwolfe was a victor by fall in the 113-pound bout at Perry and Edwards earned a decision in his matchup at 160. Three other Huskies lasted the distance, but came up short in hard-fought bouts: Nightengale (106), Swan (120) and Grant Moore (under-285).