PHS gets first win for new coach

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

NEWKIRK — A pin by heavyweight Dakota Jester capped Pawhuska High School’s 56-6 wrestling triumph over the Newkirk Tigers in a Jan. 6 dual match that marked the debut of Brian Edwards as the Huskies’ new head coach.

PHS’s 132-pound junior T.J. Finn also won via fall for the Huskies, who claimed six forfeited bouts and got two more victories from sophomores Levi Youngwolfe and Brycen Swan. Youngwolfe, a returning state qualifier, earned five team points when he registered a 10-0 technical fall in the 120-pound match. At 126 pounds, Swan recorded a 7-5 decision over Newkirk senior (2014 state qualifier) Brian Brown.

Winners via forfeit for the Huskies were sophomore Daniel Nightengale at 113 pounds, freshman 138-pounder Dalton Lowe, sophomore Logan Trammel at 145, sophomore Jonathan Moody in the 152-pound slot, sophomore 160-pounder Caleb Bruce and freshman Kienan Cheves at 220 pounds. Double forfeits were registered for the 106-, 182- and 195-pound weight classifications.

Husky Huskie senior Jester established a 3-0 lead in his 285-pound bout before finally earning the fall in the third period. In the 170-pound match, Mathew Taft made his initial appearance of the mat season after playing November and December on the PHS basketball team. The versatile junior was given a rough mat re-introduction, however, when he faced another of the Tigers’ returning state returnees, senior Pake Shinn. Warren Graves, a sophomore addition to the local squad, wrestled an exhibition versus the fourth of Newkirk’s returning state qualifiers, senior Bleau Stopp.

Pawhuska’s road victory came against a district foe that finished fourth in the last 3A tournament. The Huskies — who graduated third-place finisher Taylor Priest and fourth-placers Zalin Edwards and Grant Moore — were 19th in the 2014 tourney.

The postponed Monday dual with Barnsdall was to be made up before the PHS Wrestling Homecoming activities set Tuesday. when the Pawnee Black Bears are slated as the opponent. In addition to being district foes, Barnsdall and Pawnee are both Huskie rivals who have several state qualifiers back from a year ago, when the two squads tied for 13th in the 3A state tournament standings.

Edwards was elevated into Pawhuska’s adjunct head coaching position following two-plus years as the Huskie assistant coach. He replaces Wade Rogers, who was in his fourth season as Huskie head coach. Rogers will continue teaching social studies at PHS and is still an assistant with the school’s track-and-field program, where he has been highly successful coaching Huskie jumpers and vaulters.

PAWHUSKA 56, NEWKIRK 6

106: Double Forfeit

113: Daniel Nightengale (P) win by Forfeit … P 6-0

120: Levi Youngwolfe (P) win by T-Fall … P 11-0

126: Brycen Swan (P) win by decision … P 14-0

132: T.J. Finn (P) win by Fall … P 20-0

138: Dalton Lowe (P) win by Forfeit … P 26-0

145: Logan Trammel (P) win by Forfeit … P 32-0

152: Jonathan Moody (P) win by forfeit … P 38-0

160: Caleb Bruce (P) win by Forfeit … P 44-0

170: Mathew Taft (P) lose by Fall … N 6-44

182: Double Forfeit

195: Double Forfeit

220: Kienan Cheves (P) win by Forfeit … P 50-6

285: Dakota Jester (P) win by Fall … P 56-6