Pawhuska sent 10 young wrestlers to last weekend’s OKWA State Championships in Oklahoma City.
The 38th-annual Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association championships were held in the Oklahoma State Fair Arena. The Friday-Saturday event included all five division tournaments. State champion rings will be awarded to each division’s top five placers.
Winning Division II state medals from Pawhuska were Corlin Cass, third place at 55 pounds and Logan Cass, fourth place at 52 pounds. Pawhuska’s Witt Edwards finished seventh in Division III’s 85-pound division at the state meet.
Peyton Buzbee, a Bixby Junior High student whose parents were both Pawhuska High graduates, won his second OKWA championship by going undefeated in the Division V 140-pound weight classification. Third place at 150 pounds in Division V went to Barnsdall’s Joseph Cole. Finishing second at 58 pounds in Division III was Cole Smith of Barnsdall. Division II placers from Barnsdall included Easton Malone, a fourth-place finisher at 70 pounds, and Brohk Townley, who placed sixth at 90 pounds.
Seven elementary-age Huskies and three junior high-level grapplers qualified for the state tournament by placing in the top six of their divisional weights at the OKWA Northwest Regional held Feb. 13 at the Skiatook High School Field House.
Division I qualifiers from the Pawhuska Takedown Club squad included Kaiden Hofer (who took third in the Regional) at 37 pounds, William Cass (the fifth-place finisher) in the 40-pound classification and 49-pound (fourth-place) entry Jimmy Wildcat. Five-year-olds Cass and Wildcat are the youngest of the local qualifiers.
For Division II, Pawhuska was represented by: Corlin Cass, who placed third in the NW Regional’s 55-pound division; Logan Cass, who placed fourth at 52 pounds, and Trenton Reese, the fourth-place finisher at 70 pounds. Witt Edwards qualified for the Huskies with a fourth-place finish at 85 pounds in Division III.
Qualifying fourth in the 92-pound classification at the Division IV level was intrepid Lady Huskie grappler Landon McCartney. Two of the local team’s top Division IV prospects — 105-pound Colton Brunger and 140-pounder Lesharo Wildcat — were over their required weights for the Regional event.
"Otherwise, they would definitely have qualified," said Bruce Cass, coach of the Pawhuska squad.
In the Division V competition, the Huskies will send junior high entries R.J. McCann at 140 pounds (fifth from the Regional) and Tristian McCartney (fifth) in the 162-pound class. Carson Dildine of Barnsdall was a Northwest Regional champion at 140 pounds in Division IV. First place at 55 pounds in the Regional’s Division I was Brody Smith Barnsdall and Brohk Townley was second in the Division II 90-pound class.
On Feb. 6, Pawhuska wrestler Vann Wildcat won the 66-pound title in Division I at the OKWA’s Novice State Championships held at Tulsa’s Expo Square Pavilion. Colton Brunger placed fourth the Novice event’s Division IV 105-pound class. Landon McCartney was the Division IV eighth-place finisher at 92 pounds and Mattix Casebolt was eighth in the 55-pound class of Division II. (Last year, Logan Cass was the 46-pound Novice state champ in Division I.)
Pawhuska Elks Lodge has been sponsoring the youth wrestling program of the Huskies for more than 30 years, Cass said.
In the Northeast Regional at Muskogee, the Division V champion at 140 pounds was the R.A.W. team’s Peyton Buzbee, whose parents are PHS graduates. Younger brother Mason Buzbee, also with Bixby’s R.A.W. squad, qualified by finishing sixth at 76 pounds in the Regional’s Division III. (Also, both sets of their grandparents — the Lynns and the Buzbees — reside in Pawhuska.)
Other high finishes for this year’s youth wrestlers include: Ayden Broughton (58 pounds) — seconds at Barnsdall and Newkirk: ; Mason Buzbee — seconds at Sperry and Tiger Open; Peyton Buzbee — first at Sperry, second at Bixby, third at Tulsa’s Battle of the Belt; Mattix Casebolt (55 pounds) — first at Coweta, seconds at Barnsdall and Ft. Gibson, third at Coweta; Corlin Cass — fourth at Tulsa Rogers; Logan Cass — firsts at Newkirk, seconds at Barnsdall, second at Tonkawa, a second and third at Blackwell, third at Tulsa Rogers and a fourth at Bixby, and William Cass — first at Newkirk, second at Blackwell and third at Tulsa Rogers.
Also: Witt Edwards — firsts at Barnsdall and Tonkawa; Kaiden Hofer — seconds at Superbird Cardinal and Tulsa Rogers, thirds at Barnsdall; R.J. McCann — third at Barnsdall; Landon McCartney — first at Perry and third at Barnsdall; Trenton Reese — first at Barnsdall, second at Tonkawa and third at Blackwell; Maddux Standingbear (67 pounds) — third at Barnsdall; Jimmy Wildcat — second at Barnsdall and fourth at Blackwell; Lesharo Wildcat — first at Blackwell and third at Barnsdall; Vann Wildcat — firsts at Barnsdall, Blackwell and Tulsa Rogers, and Isaac Williams (67 pounds) — fourth at Barnsdall.