Carman Classic goes to the mats

Mike Erwin |

The 21st-annual Carman Classic wrestling tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Pawhuska High School’s Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

Hundreds of entries from around the state are expected to compete in the event’s high school and junior high divisions.

Following the morning weigh-ins, matches are scheduled to begin at noon Friday and will continue throughout the afternoon. The tournament semifinals start around 6 p.m Friday.

On Saturday, consolation rounds run from 11 a.m. until the late afternoon. Championship matches, as well as the consolation finals, will begin around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Carman Classic returning champions will include Pawhuska High School senior Levi Youngwolfe. A three-time state qualifier, Youngwolfe won the 126-pound title at last year’s local tourney. He also was the 2016 Oklahoma Class 3A state runnerup in that weight classification. Youngwolfe finished second in the Classic as a freshman and was unable to compete in the 2015 event due to injury.

Also winning a Classic title last year was 2016 PHS graduate, Matthew Taft. Pawhuska freshman Cade McNeil claimed a junior high championship a year ago and will be in this year’s high school competition.

Another PHS graduate and former Classic champion, Zalin Edwards, is expected to be a referee for this year’s event.