Huskies win Carman Classic

Mike Erwin |
“Outstanding Wrestler” of the 2017 Carman Classic tournament was the Pawhuska Huskies' 106-pound sophomore, Ryan Parks, shown here alongside his grandfather, retired local coach/administrator Martin Parks.

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After finishing second in the team standings at three previous tournaments, Pawhuska High School’s wrestlers climbed to the top of the local scoring board at the 21st Carman Classic.

Five Huskies won individual titles in the tournament, which was held for the 20th time at PHS’s Oren Terrill Field House.

Pawhuska wrestlers who won championships were: Dalton Lough at 170 pounds; Brycen Swan at 138; Levi Youngwolfe (126); Price Perrier at 120, and 106-pound Ryan Parks.

Two PHS wrestlers — Caleb Bruce at 152 and Corbin McCarty (113) — were runners-up in the tourney’s high school competition. Three Pawhuska entries — Gunnar Copinger at heavyweight, R.J. McCann (150 pounds) and Cade McNeil (120) — placed second in the Classic’s junior high division. Tristian McCartney oif Pawhuska was a third-place finisher at 200 pounds.

When all matches had been completed, the Huskies squad had compiled more than 200 points also received the local tournament’s team championship. There was more to come.

Pawhuska’s Ryan Parks was named “Outstanding Wrestler” of the high school tournament’s lower-weight divisions. The 106-pound sophomore won a 15-4 major decision in his opening match, then needed just 34 seconds to get a fall in the Friday night semifinals. Parks, a grandson of longtime local wrestling coach Martin Parks, won the championship via a second-period pin. PHS senior Daneal Parks, Ryan’s brother, finished third in the tournament’s 145-pound class.

Another sophomore champion for the Huskies was Price Perrier, who won the 120-pound title with a 5-2 decision. Perrier had reached the title bout with a pair of falls.

Youngwolfe claimed the fourth tournament championship of his senior campaign and raised his season record to 17-0 — but not without a monumental struggle in the finals. After missing nearly a week of school due to illness, Youngwolfe returned to the mat for the tourney and advanced to the 126-pound championship without complications, He built a 12-2 advantage midway through the bout and started the final period ahead, 13-7.

As the Pawhuskan struggled , his young Checotah opponent rallied and, with a half minute left in regulation, the lead had been cut to one — 14-13. Youngwolfe called upon his championship experience to hold on, 16-13.

Swan also won a second straight Classic championship. And, the senior did it in impressive style, winning his way to the finals with a fall (1:48) and back-to-back technical falls (by scores of 19-3 and 17-2. Swan blitzed his finals’ opponent, 9-0.

Lough continued to wrestle well for the Huskies, grinding out a 7-6 decision for the 170-pound championship.

PHS junior Bruce lost the 152-pound final to Tonkawa’s Rustin Martin, who was named “Outstanding Wrestler” of the upper weights classes.

Sophomore McCarty narrowly missed taking the 113-pound title as he carried a 2-0 advantage into the third period before losing a 6-3 decision to Logan Shropshire of Checotah.

Seventeen junior high teams and 15 high schools participated in this year’s Classic.