PHS grappler qualifies for nationals

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
PHS grappler qualifies for nationals

Levi Youngwolfe may weigh about the same, but he has grown a lot since last year’s Junior Nationals Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D.

Following a standout freshman season as a Pawhuska High School wrestler, Youngwolfe recently earned a return trip to the Fargo Nationals last month with second-place finishes in both the Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling competitions at a qualifying tournament at Tulsa Union.

Youngwolfe was defeated in each of the finals by state champion Daton Fix of Sand Springs, who made a big splash last year at Fargo when he swept the national junior titles in both wrestling styles. Later this summer, the two sophomores-to-be will compete on the same team during another wrestling event in Louisiana.

Two weeks ago, Youngwolfe added to his success by winning the Greco-Roman classification and taking second in his Freestyle weight group at the Oklahoma’s State Juniors Tournament at Cushing.

This year’s Cadet and Junior championships in Fargo are to be held July 18-26 at the Fargodome. Considered one of the country’s premiere youth wrestling competitions, the event is usually referred to as the “Fargo Nationals.”

Wrestling at 113 pounds, Youngwolfe won five matches at the Fargo event last year after an eighth-grade season in which he placed third at the state junior high tournament. His freshman campaign included a championship at the Cushing Junior High Tournament followed by a fourth-place finish in Cushing’s High School Tourney.

Youngwolfe placed second at the Pryor Tournament and then captured the 113-pound runner-up spot in the Class 3A East Regional — which was the top finish by a PHS wrestler. He advanced to the Oklahoma Championships as one of four state qualifiers for the Huskies.

“Levi had an excellent year as a freshman and has been getting quality experience that should benefit him in the future,” PHS wrestling coach Wade Rogers said. “In the state tournament, he got matched up against the eventual champion in the first round — but I’m sure he learned from it.”