Pawhuska tames Tigers, wallops Wildcats on mat

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

A high school wrestling dual between the Pawhuska Huskies and the Barnsdall Panthers was postponed one day due to injury.

Cancellation of the highly-anticipated clash between the Osage County rival squads came just minutes before it was scheduled to begin Monday as referee J.R. Blose suffered a torn calf muscle while officiating the final bout of Huskies’ 49-9 home victory over the Morrison Wildcats.

The showdown with Panthers was re-set for Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 prior to the Huskies’ dual with the Pawnee Black Bears — part of the 2015 PHS Wrestling Homecoming celebration. Pawhuska match against Pawnee and the homecoming events were to proceed as scheduled, school officials said.

Earlier Monday at Oren Terrill Field House, the Barnsdall squad had posted a 48-18 victory over the eight-member Morrison team. Pawhuska then doled out a 49-9 defeat to the Wildcats.

Winning matches for the Huskies by fall were Daniel Nightengale at 120 pounds, Taylor Walker in the 132-pound classification, Brycen Swan at 138 and Caleb Bruce in the 152-pound bout. Forfeit victories were recorded by Pawhuska’s Levi Youngwolfe, Jayden Higgins, Jonathan Moody, Warren Graves and Dakota Jester.

The Huskie team’s only loss on the mat came in a thrilling 220-pound bout between PHS freshman Kienan Cheves and Trevor Vernon of the Wildcats. An escape by Cheves tied the match at 15-all with 13 seconds remaining, but a last-second takedown gave the Morrison wrestler the seventh lead change of the match and a 17-15 decision.

Unfortunately, a misstep by the match official disabled him and forced postponement of the Pawhuska-Barnsdall dual.

In last weekend’s Cushing High School Wrestling Tournament, Levi Youngwolfe placed fourth at 120 pounds. He lost a decision in the consolation finals to defending 3A state champion Zach Atencio of Plainview. As a freshman 113-pounder, Youngwolfe also finished fourth at last year’s Cushing tourney.

PHS senior Brittany Wilson was to be crowned Wrestling Homecoming Queen on Tuesday, with a court to include senior Kortney Barnhart, junior Kailee Hambright, sophomore Jenna Shulanberger and freshmab Aubrie Walker. Wrestling team members of the court were to include seniors Dakota Jester, Nick Releford and Trey Powell, junior T.J. Finn, sophomore Brycen Swan and freshman Gaige Reynolds. Also, Byleigh Wilson was to be flower girl and Levi Hendren was to serve as crown bearer.

PHS 49, MORRISON 9

106: Double Forfeit

113: Double Forfeit

120: Daniel Nightengale (P) def Will Lauman (M), Fall 1:00 … P 6-0

126: Levi Youngwolfe (P) by Forfeit … P 12 -0

132: Taylor Walker (P) def Isaac Bailey (M), Fall 1:51 … P 18-0

138: Brycen Swan def. Bear Veit (M), Fall :35 … P 24-0

145: Jayden Higgins (P) by Forfeit … P 30-0

152: Caleb Bruce (P) def Zac Boles (M), Fall 2:21 … P 36-0

160: Double Forfeit

170: Warren Graves (P) by Forfeit … P 42-0

182: Justin Gum (M) by Forfeit … M 6 -42

195: Trevor Vernon (M) def Kienan Cheeves (P), 17-15 … M 9-42

220: Double Forfeit

285: Dakota Jester (P) by Forfeit … P 49-9