Carman Classic mat tourney to be held here this weekend

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Wrestlers representing more than two dozen area schools are expected to compete Friday and Saturday in the Carman Classic wrestling tournament at Pawhuska High School’s Oren Terrill Field House.

For more than two decades, the annual tourney has been a January tradition for the PHS Huskies’ mat program, which was started a half century ago. Members of the Carman family played an important role in the early development of local wrestling. The late Les Carman captured Pawhuska’s first two individual state championships in 1970 and 1971.

In all, 17 different Huskie wrestlers have won 26 individual state titles. PHS has had eight two-time state champions and one three-time champ (Pat Pace). Pawhuska also earned a state title as a team in 1990, the same year the Huskie team claimed its only dual state crown.

Current PHS sophomores Levi Youngwolfe and Brycen Swan were both runners-up in last year’s Carman Classic and will be among the top Huskie contenders for this event. Youngwolfe placed second at the 113-pound weight limit while Swan lost a decision in his 120-pound finals match against Owen Simpson.

Simpson, a two-time state champion from Tonkawa, was named as the 2014 tournament’s “Outstanding Wrestler” for the lower-weight classes. A 160-pound entry from Keys, Seth Fritts, received standout honors in the upper weights. Those two wrestlers should both be back to defend their Carman titles this year.

Jonathan Moody, another sophomore on this year’s Huskie varsity, earned first place for the 160 weight in the 2014 Classic’s Junior High Division — where PHS took fourth in the team scoring. This year’s tournament will again sponsor junior high and senior high school competitions.

The Pawhuska team also returns Daniel Nightengale, who took third in the 106-pound high school classification as a freshman. Nightengale should contend at the 113-pound level this season. At last year’s tourney, the only PHS wrestler to claim a title was 170-pounder Zalin Edwards, son of Pawhuska wrestling coach Brian Edwards. The now-graduated younger Edwards also earned a Carman crown in 2013.

Tournament action will begin around noon Friday and continue through the finals on Saturday night.

Before the weekend tourney gets under way, Pawhuska’s mat squads were to travel to Sperry for a Tuesday dual with the Pirates, who currently are the No. 9-ranked in Oklahoma Class 3A.

A week ago, the PHS Wrestling Homecoming turned into “Too-Tough Tuesday” for the Huskies, who were dealt back-to-back mat defeats by their district rivals from Barnsdall and Pawnee. The Barnsdall dual was supposed to have taken place the previous night as part of a three-team dual rotation involving the Huskies, the Panthers and the Morrison Wildcats.

Morrison had been defeated by Barnsdall, 48-19, in Monday’s opening dual match. But, as the Wildcats were finishing the last bout of a 49-9 loss to Pawhuska in the evening’s second dual, referee J.R. Blose was incapacitated due to a torn calf muscle — causing the Huskie-Panther showdown had to be postponed until the next day.

On Tuesday, PHS took a 6-3 lead over the No. 11-ranked Barnsdall squad on a forfeit victory by the 113-pound Youngwolfe. The Huskies later went up, 12-7, in the team scoring when Swan won by a fall in the third period. Barnsdall subsequently claimed six of the last eight bouts to get a 43-24 victory.

An impressive win via pin from 170-pound sophomore Warren Graves had moved the Huskies to within 15 points — at 28-13. Graves, who’s in his first mat season, scored a quick takedown before recording fall in less than 50 seconds. The only other Pawhuskan to triumph was senior 285-pounder Dakota Jester, who notched a first-period fall in one minute and six seconds in the last Barnsdall bout.

The second dual of the homecoming evening saw Pawnee win nine of the 10 middle weights and captured a 52-19 victory. Nightengale put the Huskies on the scoreboard by grinding out a 7-0 decision at 113 pounds and PHS took its only lead of the match at 7-6 following Youngwolfe’s major decision (by a 17-5 margin) in the 120-pound bout.

A first-period fall by 145-pound Moody gave the home team its only other victories on the mat against Pawnee — although Pawhuska 126-pound junior T.J. Finn dropped a close 4-2 decision and Graves gave way stubbornly in an 8-5 loss to the Black Bear 160-pounder. Jester received a forfeit in the heavyweight slot to conclude the match.

Pawnee 52, Pawhuska 19

106: Matt McDaniel (Pn) by Forfeit … Bears 6-0

113: Daniel Nightengale (Ph) def Austin Mitchell (Pn), Dec 7-0 … Huskies 3-6

120: Levi Youngwolfe (Ph) def Sheng Haley (Pn), Maj Dec 17-5 … Huskies 7-6

126: Shadin Anson (Pn) def T.J. Finn (Ph), Dec 4-2 … Bears 9-7

132: Adam West (Pn) def Brycen Swan (Ph), Dec 11-1 … Bears 13-7

138: Zach McDaniel (Pn) def Taylor Walker (Ph), Fall 5:26 … Bears 19-7

145: Jonathan Moody (Ph) def Tucker Wilson, Fall 1:36 … Huskies 13-19

152: Jarred Mitchell (Pn) def Caleb Bruce (Ph), Fall :53 … Bears 25-13

160: Tyler Wilson (Pn) def Warren Graves (Ph), Dec 8-5 … Bears 28-13

170: Tyler Leach (Pn) def Mathew Taft (Ph), Fall 3:46 … Bears 34-13

182: Kaleb Pershall (Pn) def Jayden Higgins (Ph), Fall 4:26 … Bears 40-13

195: Pawnee by Forfeit … Bears 46-13

220: Mykalob Stephens (Pn) def Kienan Cheves (Ph), Fall 2:19 … Bears 52-13

285: Dakota Jester (Ph) win by Forfeit … Huskies 19-52

Barnsdall 43, Pawhuska 24

106: Double Forfeit

113: Logan Bryant (B) dec Daniel Nightengale (P), 5-0 … B 3-0

120: Levi Youngwolfe (P) win by Forfeit … P 6-3

126: Colton Auschwitz (B) dec T.J. Finn (P), 11-3 … B 7-6

132: Brycen Swan (P) def Chandler Bryant (B), Fall 5:24 … P 12-7

138: Colton Allen (B) def Taylor Walker (P), Fall 1:21 … B 13-12

145: Cameron Turley (B) by forfeit … B 19-12

152: Lane White (B) def Jonathan Moody (P), Fall :51 … B 25-12

160: James Cole (B) def Caleb Bruce (P), Fall 5:43 … B 31-12

170: Warren Graves (P) def Kyler Bloomfield, Fall :49 … P 18-31

182: Ethan McGill (B) def Mathew Taft (P), Fall 4:53 … B 37-18

195: Double Forfeit

220: Baylee Perigo (B) def Kienan Cheves (P), Fall 2:14 … B 43-18

285: Dakota Jester (P) def Lucas Scharnhorst (B), Fall 1:06 … P 24-43