After two days at the OSSAA 6A East Regional, 7 members of the Ponca City wrestling team secured a spot in the state tournament. The top five wrestlers of each weight class would advance to the state wrestling tournament at the OKC State Fairgrounds arena February 23 & 24th. Three Wildcats had guarenteed their spots after going undefeated on Friday; including Dylan and Spencer Schickram at 132 & 138, and Lane Newlin at 182. Then Saturday morning, Grayson White 160, and Abram Arechiga 195, got the wins they needed to advance to the 3rd/4th place bracket and guarentee a spot at state. Two spots were still up for grabs for the Wildcats Saturday night at 106 & 113. It didn’t take long to decide those matches as Shayden Trant defeated Rashann Brownlee of Muskogee by fall in the 2nd period and Kris Humble did the same to William Carraway Jr. of Muskogee, winning by fall in the 2nd.
There was still plenty of exciting matches on Saturday night as Dylan Schickram won by fall over Blake Gonzalez of Broken Arrow to become the 132 lb regional champion. Dylan also set the Ponca City season record of wins by fall in the process.
At 138, Spencer Schickram was defeated by a 2-1 decision in the championship by Baylor Smith of Owasso.
At 160, Grayson White was defeated by Killian McGrew of Jenks 6-4. White finished 4th in the 160 lb weight class.
At 182, Lane Newlin was defeated by JD Johnson of Owasso in the championship match, but it came with some controversy. The match went into OT tied at 2 and right before the end of the second OT, the official awarded Newlin with a takedown and what would be a 4-2 victory. After some discussion with the second official for championship matches, they waived off the takedown points and had to go into another OT period. Coach Leavitt voiced his displeasure with the decision. Finally in the last OT, JD Johnson got an escape point and a 3-2 win.
Finally at 195, Abram Arechiga squared off with Judson Rowland of Mustang, who he already lost to on Friday 5-4, for the 3rd/4th place bracket. Arechiga was controlled throughout and lost by maj decision 14-1.