Huskie wrestlers notch wins for state team at New Orleans

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Huskie wrestlers notch wins for state team at New Orleans

Levi Youngwolfe wasted very little time stacking up mat victories in The Big Easy last weekend.

Competing at the Jazz Town Duals in New Orleans, the 113-pound wrestler of the Pawhuska High School Huskies won seven of eight matches — with six of his victories coming via pin.

Youngwolfe and 126-pound PHS teammate Brycen Swan joined the Oklahoma Rampage squad for the competition, which involved 28 teams from 10 different states.

As the Sooner State’s only representative, the Rampage racked up several impressive victories. In Saturday’s pool rounds, the Chandler-based squad posted four straight dual triumphs — which included a 36-30 defeat of the Archer, Ga., team that wound up taking the 2014 Jazz Town championship.

“We’ve got some young guys who work very hard and I’m proud of the improvement they’ve made,” said Pawhuska coach Wade Rogers, who assisted the state team at the Louisiana meet.

Swan and Youngwolfe were part of an outstanding freshman class that provided a big boost last year for the Pawhuska wrestling varsity.

Youngwolfe emerged as the Huskies’ top state qualifier by finishing runner-up at the 3A Regional. After participating in the state tournament, he has stayed active on the mat and recorded stellar results in tourneys at Tulsa and Stillwater.

The Huskie mighty mite has also qualified for the prestigious junior nationals event coming up July 18-26 in Fargo, N.D.

“Levi has gotten quite a bit better since the end of last season,” Rogers said.

Practice on the mat has been limited for Swan, who has been playing baseball with the Pawhuska Roadrunners, a new local American Legion AAA team. In spite his reduced workout schedule, Swan managed to record five key Rampage victories at New Orleans.

“Brycen wrestled well and nearly won a couple of his other matches,” said Rogers.

Youngwolfe’s lone loss at the Jazz Town event came in a close decision to an opponent from Pittsburg, Kan. His Oklahoma team still managed to emerge victorious in that match, winning by a score of 41-29 with Swan as one of the victors. (Pittsburg was the competition’s only Kansas team.)

In the Rampage’s first-day showdown with the eventual champions, the match score was dead even when Youngwolfe took the mat for the final bout.

“He went out there and pinned the Georgia guy within the first 30 seconds,” Rogers said.