Varsity Wrestling · Lions Jump to No. 2 Ranking for Tournaments, Take 4th at Cushing Tournament

The Lions traveled to Cushing to compete in the Cushing High School Tournament on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th.  The tournament is perennially a tough contest and this year was no different.  The Lions finished in 4th place behind Allen, the No. 1 ranked 6A team in Texas, #1(3A) Perry, and #2(5A) Collinsville.

Blanchard placed four individual wrestlers in the tournament, including two Champions.  120 pound senior Zach Williams (21-3) won his first three matches by fall including in the quarter finals over 2016 state placer Fabian Huerta of Catoosa.  In the semi-finals Williams recorded a 16-3 major decision over state placer Jaxon Miller of Comanche to earn a spot in the finals Saturday against Texas state runner up Noah Yeamans.  Williams controlled the finals match and claimed gold with a 5-1 win.  In the heavyweight class senior Ryan Bracken (22-2) scored bonus points in his first two matches including a 14-5 major decision over Chandlar Perzanowski-Taylor of Weatherford in the quarter-finals.  In the semi-finals Bracken bested Perry’s Teaguen Wilson 5-2.  Bracken faced off against state qualifier Cassidy Pritchard of Bristow in the finals where he secured a 6-1 victory to claim the championship.

Blanchard also had a finalist in the 152 pound weight class in senior Jaxon Stratton (17-4) who clawed his way into the finals with three hard fought matches.  In the semi-finals Stratton outlasted Sperry state qualifier Bailey Clampitt 8-6 in sudden victory overtime.  Stratton battled two-time state champion RJ Mosley of Heritage Hall in the championship match where he put up a good fight but lost the match 5-0.  Stratton claimed the runner-up honors in a tough 152 pound bracket.  The Lions had one other wrestler place in sophomore Braeden Williams (12-3) at 106 pounds.  Williams wrestled Vinita’s state qualifier Alex Prince in the 5th place match where he picked up a 3-1 win.

Blanchard travels to Catoosa for a three day road trip starting with a triangular against Catoosa and Cascia Hall Thursday, January 11th.  The Lions will remain in Catoosa Friday and Saturday as they compete in the Catoosa Port City Classic pool style tournament.