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6A Girls State Recap

The Girls State Tournament did it again! In a thrilling back and forth finals between four teams battling for the state championship, Bixby crowned three champions to claim the Class 6A Girls state title by the narrowest of margins, beating runner-up Edmond North by ½ point, with 2X state champion Union just two points back and regional champion Broken Arrow finishing eight points back in 4th place.

For the second straight year, the Girls state championship was decided by ½ point. Last year, Union won an incredible State Tournament by ½ point over Bixby and Edmond North. It was Bixby turn this year as they turned last year’s heartbreak into a miracle state championship finish this year.

Saturday’s consolation action started with Bixby in the lead with 76 points, followed by Union with 63, Edmond North – 59.5, Westmoore – 54 and Broken Arrow – 51. Broken Arrow made a big push in the consolations, putting four in the consolation finals, with Alina Peralta, Emily Beckley, and Jordyn Todhunter earning 3rd place finishes and Addison Farquhar adding a 4th place finish. In an important heads up match at 130 lbs., Edmond North’s Clover Williams won by fall over Union’s Brianna Harris. Union’s Azreal Smith had two falls on Saturday to place 3rd at 235 lbs.

Heading into the finals, Union and Broken Arrow were tied for 1st with 82 points, Bixby was still at 76 and Edmond North at 71.5. All four teams had a chance to claim the title, but Bixby’s Jadyn Roller and Brissa Bernal won incredible last-second heart-stoppers and Millie Azlin sealed the win with her third fall of the tournament to give Bixby the coveted team championship.

Edge of your seat thriller doesn’t do justice to what Jadyn Roller and Brissa Bernal did to keep Bixby’s hope alive in the race for the title. Roller avenged a regional finals loss to Westmoore’s Krystan Perez in the last seconds of “you had to see it to believe it” finish. Perez had taken a 3-0 lead when she nearly pinned Roller midway through the final period, but Roller didn’t quit and fought out of the extremely tight half-nelson. Perez looked to be in control with just seconds left on the clock. Roller had other plans as she stood up and turned into Perez, hitting a gator roll, getting the reversal and winning near fall points at the buzzer to keep Bixby’s hope alive. Roller, a junior and now a 3X state champion, finished the year with a 43-5 record.  

Brissa Bernal made it two fantastic finishes in a row for Bixby, winning a heads up match with Union that was critical in the team race. Bernal used every second of the clock, not once, but twice in winning the 120 lb. state title with a thrilling 6-5 ultimate tie-breaker win over Union’s Aiyana Perkins. A Perkins escape with 30 seconds left in the match, gave her a two-point lead, but a desperation takedown by Bernal with just one second left, sent it into overtime. Neither wrestler was able to score, sending the match into the ultimate tie-breaker with Perkins on top. Things looked bleak for Bernal as the clock ticked down to the final seconds and Perkins in control, but Bernal was able to find a burst of energy to earn the winning escape as time expired. A conference between the officials confirmed the point, giving Bixby their second champion and their championship hopes still alive.  

Bixby third finalist, junior Jay’la Ford fell in the finals to El Reno’s 3X state champion Kaylee Davis, but had advanced to the finals with two very important falls to score 18 points for Bixby.  

Bixby’s last finalist was state champion and nationally ranked Millie Azlin. Azlin faced Broken Arrow sophomore Sophie Donaho, who advanced to the finals with a fall over West Regional champion, Makaylee Cannon (Piedmont). A fall by Azlin would lock up the tournament title for Bixby and that is exactly what the sophomore did. Azlin didn’t waste any time, scoring a takedown 15 seconds into the match and getting the fall in 1:22 to put the tournament out of reach and give Bixby the state championship. Azlin finished the year with a perfect 37-0 record and now owns a 70-2 career record.

Edmond North matched Bixby’s three individual champions, but finished the agonizing ½ point short of the team title. Junior Taylor Ellis Hishaw had three falls in the…

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