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.