PHS legends of the fall

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
PHS legends of the fall

BARNSDALL — Pawhuska wrestlers won six of nine contested matches to claim a 38-36 dual triumph that spoiled Tuesday’s homecoming celebration for the Panthers.

Five Huskies recorded falls — senior Mathew Taft, juniors Warren Graves and Levi Youngwolfe, and freshmen Price Perrier and Ryan Parks. Another PHS junior, Brycen Swan, earned a hard-fought decision. Pawhuska got its victory-clinching points off a forfeit to freshman Kienan Cheves in the next-to-the-last match.

Barnsdall had three wins by fall and three on forfeitures. One point was deducted from the Huskies’ team score due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the end of the third match. Neither squad had an entry at 170 pounds, which resulted in a double forfeit.

Pawhuska grabbed a six-point advantage when Parks got a pin in the final seconds of the dual’s 106-pound opener. The Panthers took a seven-point edge (12-5) following a forfeit and senior Logan Bryant’s fall at 120. Perrier pulled the Huskies back within a point by dominating his 126-pound foe. The PHS freshman built a 9-0 score before getting the fall early in the second period.

The Huskies regained the lead (at 17-12) on the quickest pin of the evening. Youngwolfe accomplished the deed after just 41 seconds of his 132-pound bout. Pawhuska’s Swan stayed unbeaten for the season by winning a 12-9 decision at 138. The junior trailed, 9-8, before scoring a takedown with eight seconds remaining. Swan squeezed out the victory by adding a near fall right before time expired.

A PHS forfeit to 145-pound senior Colten Allen brought the Panthers to within two, 20-18. Freshman 152-pounder Wesley Yarber moved Barnsdall in front (24-20) by getting a pin in just 44 seconds. Pawhuska’s Graves was down four points before he rallied to gain a fall midway through the second period. The 160-pound junior’s triumph pushed the Huskies ahead again, 26-24.

Barnsdall re-took the lead, 30-26, on Cole’s victory-by-forfeit at 182 pounds. Senior Taft put PHS in front to stay when he pinned his 195-pound foe in 2:56. Cheves was then awarded a forfeit at 220 pounds to give the Huskies and insurmountable eight-point advantage.

Panther junior Perigo won an explosive 285-pound bout to conclude the dual. After Pawhuska heavyweight John BigHorse took a 7-1 lead in the first period, Perigo battled back to get a fall late in the second. It was the eighth pin of the evening.

Under head coach Brian Edwards, Pawhuska’s dual record improved to 2-1. Barnsdall is coached by Shawn Wilson, who won state championships wrestling for the Huskies in 1974 and ‘75.


PHS was forced to cancel the dual tournament scheduled here Saturday. According to Edwards, several of the expected teams were were not going to be able to participate. Instead, the Huskies travelled to a multi-school dual event at Cleveland.

“Our high school team placed second, overall, to McAlester,” Edwards said. “We had first-place finishers at 113 (Daniel Nightengale) and 126 (Levi Youngwolfe).”

Pawhuska 220-pounder Kienan Cheves took second at Cleveland, the coach said. Other top-four local finishers included Mathew Taft at 170 pounds, sophomore Dalton Lough at 152, 145-pound senior Taylor Walker and Price Perrier at 120. R.J. McCann of the Huskies placed fourth at 140 pounds in Cleveland’s 140-pound division, said Edwards.

“We got some good work in but, unfortunately, had a couple of injuries,” Edwards added.

The first outing slated for the Huskies following the holiday break is the Cushing Tournament on Jan. 8-9, although Edwards said he will attempt to schedule a dual prior to the Cushing event. PHS has early-2016 duals set for: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Okmulgee;; Thursday, Jan. 14, at Bartlesville, and Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Sperry.

District Duals are to be held at Pawnee on Thursday, Jan. 21. The local Carmen Classic tournament will be held Jan. 22-23. PHS Wrestling Homecoming is to be held Thursday night, Jan. 28, when the Huskies meet the visiting Tonkawa Buccaneers for a dual.

Recently-released rankings on the Oklahoma Wrestling website have Youngwolfe listed at No.1 for the Class 3A 120-pound classification. Swan currently holds the No. 3 ranking in 3A’s 132-pound division.

Three Barnsdall wrestlers received 3A rankings from the website. Colten Allen and James Cole were No. 3 at 138 and 160, respectively, and Baylee Perigo was the top-ranked 220-pounder.


Weight Class — Match result Dual score

106 — Ryan Parks (P) by fall 1:58 over Will Price P 6-0

113 — Logan Lanphear (B) by forfeit B 6-6

120 — Logan Bryant (B) by fall 1:26 over Daniel Nightengale B 12-5*

126 — Price Perrier (P) by fall 2:17 over Rhett Gomez P 11-12

132 — Levi Youngwolfe (P) by fall :41 over Ky Allen P 17-12

138 — Brycen Swan (P) by dec. 12-9 over Hunter Perigo P 10-12

145 — Colten Allen (B) by forfeit B 18-20

152 — Wesley Yarber (B) by fall :44 over Dalton Lough B 24-20

160 — Warren Graves (P) by fall 3:00 over Joe Smith P 26-24

170 — double forfeit, neither team had entry (no points) (P 26-24)

182 — James Cole (B) by forfeit B 30-26

195 — Mathew Taft (P) by fall 2:56 over Ethan McGill P 32-36

220 — Kienan Cheves (P) by forfeit P 38-30

285 — Baylee Perigo (B) by fall 3:34 over John BigHorse B 36-38

* one-point penalty assessed Pawhuska for unsportsmanlike conduct