Huskies win 2 of 3 in district action

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
A Pawhuska High School wrestler pins down an opponent during recent action at the Jerry Billings Invitational at Sapulpa High School. Provided

Pawhuska High School wrestlers defeated two of three teams they faced Jan. 8 at home in district duals. They defeated Inola, 45-24, and Berryhill, 58-18. The Huskies did, however, lose by a count of 60-18, to Sperry.

The Huskies have since picked up wins over Metro Christian and Sand Springs, and are scheduled to be at home Friday for the Pawhuska Carman Classic Tournament. Pawhuska enters the Carman Classic ranked No. 16 in 3A wrestling.

The Huskies have wrestling homecoming scheduled for Tuesday at home against Barnsdall, PHS Wrestling Coach Austin Legg said. There will be homecoming shirts available for $15, and if you buy a shirt and put it on, you get into the Homecoming match free, Legg said.

“We’re doing a white-out for homecoming,” Legg said, explaining the homecoming shirts will be white in color.

Legg said that both Price Perrier and Ryan Park pinned all three of their opponents during the district duals Jan. 8. The coach also had praise for R.J. McCann, who took an important step forward during the district duals.

“He turned his season around,” Legg said of McCann. “He saw the light. He’s a totally different wrestler in a good way.”

Legg said McCann won two of his three matches during the district duals and shows some of the greatest potential of the wrestlers on Pawhuska’s team this year.

Legg named senior Price Perrier his outstanding Pawhuska wrestler for the period since school resumed on Jan. 4. He noted that Perrier was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Cushing Tournament on Jan. 4. Perrier defeated a two-time undefeated state champ from Heritage Hall at the Cushing Tournament and also pinned a state runner-up from Collinsville in the finals, Legg said.

With the loss to Sperry on Jan. 8, winning a district title is pretty much out of consideration, Legg said, explaining that the Huskies will now be working to get as many wrestlers as possible qualified for state competition.