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3A returning State Tournament Points

Taking a look at the returning state tournament points in Class 3A shows a very interesting and exciting race in 2022.  Last year, it came down to the very end with Marlow holding off Jay to win the state championship. Those two teams return the most state tournament points, but Salina is right on their heels with teams like Comanche, Cascia Hall, Vinita Blackwell, Bridge Creek and others also looking to take home the state championship trophy this year.

Returning state tournament points guarantees nothing, but it is a good starting point for comparing teams at the start of the year.  With last year being such a tough year on everyone, we are hopefully looking forward to a normal schedule with lots of outstanding wrestling to watch.  The numbers below, of course don’t consider incoming freshmen, improved upper classmen, weight changes, injuries and all of the other factors that will have a definite impact on what happens at the 2022 State Tournament.  

Jay, led by their outstanding sophomore class, lead the way with 70.5 returning state tournament points.  Sophomores Gage Walker (19-1 record) and Devin Duran (34-4) are returning state champions while Maverick Williamson (35-3) was a state runner-up.  Those three finished with a combined record of 88-8 in their freshman year, while fellow sophomore Connor Gough won 25 matches last year.  The Bulldogs also return state placer Dustin Duran (31-7) and state qualifiers Jeron Newcomb and Kaden Murray.  Jay will prepare for the State Tournament with a loaded schedule that includes participating in the Flo Kickoff Classic, Mid-American Nationals, Kansas City Stampede along with several other top tournaments in the state.

Marlow returns the largest number of wrestlers as ten wrestlers gained valuable experience at last year’s State Tournament.  Marlow returns 60.5 points from their State championship team including state medalists Cody Huber, Zach Dawson, Kyle Wilson and Case Rich. The Outlaws are a senior dominated team with seven seniors that have State Tournament experience.  Kyle Wilson already has made three trips to the State Tournament with finishes of SQ-4-3 and has compiled an impressive 102-20 career record.  Cody Huber went 28-8 last year and was a state runner-up at 285.  Case Rich, with a 69-19 record over the past two years was a State qualifier in 2020 and added a 4th place finish last year.  Andrew Johnston is a two-time State qualifier with a 51-23 career record.  Other seniors that competed at State were State qualifiers Cody Davis and Dason Davis and wrestle-in participant Trey Southerland.  Zach Dawson earned a 2nd place finish at 126 (falling to 4X state champion Eli Griffin and was 29-4 in his freshman year.  Lawson Knox was a State qualifier at 106 and Brayden Bowman competed in the wrestle-in match at 120.  

Salina, led by state champions Hunter Fitzpatrick and Gavin Montgomery and two-time State runner-up Jack Wilkins, is just ½ point behind Marlow as they return 60 State Tournament points.  Fitzpatrick has State Tournament finishes of SQ-2-1 while compiling a career record of 87-22.  Montgomery finished 4th as a freshman before winning it all last year and has a career record of 60-15.  Wilkins has compiled a strong 72-7 career record while finishing with the silver medal in his freshman and sophomore years.  Wilkins fell to 3X champ and 4X finalist Kolby DePron (Bridge Creek) in the 2020 state finals and suffered a tough 6-5 tiebreaker loss to 2X state champion Jose Flores of Inola in 2021.  Salina also returns 2X State qualifier Gaige Stock (49-20 career record) and wrestle-in participant Colby McIelland.  

A team to keep an eye on is Berryhill.  The Chiefs only return two state tournament points, but they may have been a school most affected by the shortened season last year as most of their wrestlers came into the 2021 State Tournament with only 10-15 matches under their belt.  Ready to make some noise again are 2020 state runner-up Owen Martin, 3rd place medalist Wyatt Meredith, two-time state qualifier Hunter Waits, state qualifier Kyler Tabor and wrestle-in participants Chanc Bruner and Dalton Deathrage.

Listed below are the returning State Tournament participants for each team.  SQ means State Qualifier and WI means lost wrestle-in match.

Wt. NameSchoolGrade2021 State2021 Record State Points
106Gage WalkerJay10119-121.5
113Devin DuranJay10134-422
120Dustin DuranJay12431-78
132Jeron NewcombJay11SQ23-150
160Kaden MurrayJay11SQ28-103
220Maverick WilliamsonJay10235-316
170Connor GoughJay10WI25-110
 JAY – RETURNING   STATE POINTS   70.5
       
106Lawson KnoxMarlow10SQ28-83
126Zach DawsonMarlow10229-415
132Case RichMarlow12430-69
152Cody DavisMarlow12SQ30-111
160Dason Davis Marlow12SQ16-112
170Andrew JohnstonMarlow12SQ20-84
182Kyle WilsonMarlow12331-212.5
285Cody HuberMarlow12228-814
120Brayden BowmanMarlow11WI20-100
138Trey SoutherlandMarlow12WI10-90
 MARLOW – RETURNING STATE POINTS   60.5
       
106Gaige StockSalina12SQ21-103
120Hunter FitzpatrickSalina12124-719
132Gavin MontgomerySalina11122-521
152Jack WilkinsSalina11228-517
113Colby McIellandSalina10WI3-30
 SALINA – RETURNINGSTATE POINTS   60
       
132Tucker OliverComanche 11SQ15-81
160Bryson EvansComanche12SQ19-90
170Kasen VanBuskirkComanche11423-128
182Kooper DoucetComanche11225-216
285Cade White Comanche11416-911
126Gunnor YatesComanche12WI12-160
195Owen BigfordComanche12WI16-30
 COMANCHE – RETURNING STATE POINTS   36
       
106Tre TecsonCascia Hall10334-711
145EJ TecsonCascia Hall12128-220
152Luke EschenheimerCascia Hall11SQ29-63
 CASCIA HALL – RETURNING  STATE POINTS   34
       
106Zane DonleyVinita10431-711
113Tanner WinesburgVinita11SQ24-80
120Hunter TadychVinita11SQ24-141
126Rashaud MorganVinita12SQ25-62
132Dylan HensonVinita12228-416
138Josh RexwinkleVinita12SQ27-133
 VINITA – RETURNING STATE POINTS   33
       
106Aidan O’DellBlackwell 12227-314
126Kaiden AileyBlackwell11SQ34-112
170Christian MoraBlackwell12229-714
285J.D. McClearyBlackwell11SQ20-160
182Kolby LooperBlackwell11WI18-180
 BLACKWELL – RETURING STATE POINTS   30
       
       
113Kaizyn KraftBridge Creek12SQ20-90
120Kaden SmithBridge Creek12231-417
152Skyler BeanBridge Creek12334-610
220Randy NixBridge Creek11SQ28-153
 BRIDGE CREEK – RETURNING STATE POINTS   30
120Grant FloydInola11SQ25-62
152Jose FloresInola12121-218
182Jedd BarrettInola12SQ17-80
 INOLA – RETURING STATE POINTS   20
138Brady BenhamSperry10134-518
106Liam BurkeSperry10WI18-130
152Walker McCauseSperry11WI16-100
 SPERRY – RETURING STATE POINTS   18
       
138Chace MassieChandler11SQ16-71
160Kobe SmithChandler11217-416
 CHANDLER – RETURING STATE POINTS   17
106Carson OrrPlainview11SQ25-120
126Reece BennettPlainview12SQ28-90
195Jeston GilliamPlainview12316-516
220Lane JohnsonPlainview12SQ27-100
 PLAINVIEW – RETURING STATE POINTS   16
113Owen MartinBerryhill11SQ12-62
120Wyatt MeredithBerryhill11SQ8-40
126Hunter WaitsBerryhill11SQ9-50
138Kyler TaborBerryhill10SQ10-60
106Chanc BrunerBerryhill10WI7-50
160Dalton DeathrageBerryhill12WI9-80
 BERRYHILL – RETURNING STATE POINTS   2
195Ryan LytalHinton11224-316
145Jaxen WrightMorris11328-713
138Cameron JacksonTonkawa 11SQ4-43
285Miccael BrownTonkawa12318-413
170TJ RamseyBethel12324-511
113Gage GrahamSulphur12421-610
160Malique BarberPawnee12430-106
285Chuck LongPawnee12SQ23-52
195Lesharo WildcatPawhuska12SQ21-53
120Traven RichardsonPawhuska10WI16-90
145Deacon HendrenPawhuska10WI13-90
145Brody ThomasLocust Grove10SQ21-103
160Dakota MonkLocust Grove12SQ12-80
138Jesse RemingtonLocust Grove12WI13-70
152Kaleb OwenPerry11SQ23-130
170Chance DavisPerry12SQ30-53
170Ethan HughesPerry11SQ14-140
145Spencer DavidsonGeary10SQ11-130
285Chris WardGeary12SQ22-83
182Johnathon RobertsOCS11SQ29-63
113AB StokesLincoln Christian10SQ24-22
170Layton CyrusAnadarko12SQ21-132
220Carson DildineBarnsdall12SQ31-101
106Keith McGuireChecotah10SQ16-70
170Cord MontgomeryChecotah11SQ16-70
182Joe JacksonWatonga12SQ24-130
195Ernesto DuenezWatonga11SQ16-160
120Kaiden CueMcLoud10SQ21-40
145Hunter LoweMcLoud12WI16-70
113Kolby BrasherPerkins Tryon10WI9-90
152Rich HartPerkins-Tryon11SQ26-90
220Chadd KrizLittle Axe11SQ22-110
182Shane PerkinsCordell12WI16-100
152Rocky WoodsMorrison12WI19-90
132Xander TorixWarner11SQ17-80

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