PHS squad will head on road for mat season’s home stretch

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Dakota Jester wrapped up “PHS Wrestling Senior Night” in winning fashion by registering a fall against his 285-pound opponent in the final match of a high school home dual against district foe Sperry.

Two other Pawhuska wrestlers — Daniel Nightengale at 113 pounds and 126-pound Brycen Swan — won decisions in their bouts. The visiting Pirates defeated the Huskies, 54­-12, in the Jan. 20 match at Oren Terrill Field House. Sperry — which is currently the No. 7-ranked team in Oklahoma Class 3A — improved its season dual record to 7­-2, while the loss dropped the unranked Huskies to 3-­6.

PHS faced another formidable challenge Tuesday night as the No. 2-ranked Perry Maroons were to visit the local field house for the Huskies’ final home dual of the 2014-15 mat season. The Pawhuska squad has a road dual set Thursday evening in Tonkawa and another on tap for next Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa.

A hip injury prevented highly-regarded PHS sophomore Levi Youngwolfe from competing against Sperry, as well as in last weekend’s annual Carman Classic tournament. Youngwolfe is expected to return to the mat prior to the 3A East Regional, which is scheduled Feb. 20-21 at Sperry High School.

Tonkawa holds the No. 6 spot in both polls and the Barnsdall Panthers are ranked No 14 as a team and 15th on the dual listings. Plainview is the top-rated 3A squad in both the 3A dual and team rankings.