Dual State, Regionals and State Championships await Tigers over next three weekends
Reece Witcraft named USA All-Star; will compete in Pennsylvania 'Classic' in March
As Broken Arrow Tiger wrestlers prepare for a three-week stretch that includes opportunities to win two state championships, one wrestler learned his competitive high school career will extend into mid-March.
This week, senior Reece Witcraft was named to the USA All-Star team that will wrestle in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on March 15 at the University of Pittsburgh. Witcraft will wrestle at 132 as the USA All-Stars face a team of Pennsylvania All-Stars.
This is the 44th Wrestling Classic and only the fourth time an Oklahoma high school wrestler has been selected to participate. Witcraft is the second from Broken Arrow. In 2015, the Tigers’ Davion Jefferies – now at the University of Oklahoma – defeated Sam Krivus of Hempfield High School in Greensburg, Pa., 3-0.
“This is one of the most prestigious events a high school wrestler can be invited to,” said Tiger wrestling coach Shawn Jones. “This is considered the ‘Rose Bowl’ of high school wrestling.”
Before that, however, Jones, Witcraft and the rest of the Tiger wrestlers and coaches will be focused on this weekend’s Dual State Tournament at Shawnee’s FireLake Arena. Broken Arrow, the state’s top-ranked dual and tournament team will wrestle Edmond Deer Creek at noon on Friday. The winner of that match will take on the Jenks-Mustang winner at noon on Saturday. On the other side of the bracket, first-round matches feature Choctaw vs. Owasso and Sand Springs vs. Edmond North. The Class 6A Dual State finals are set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The following weekend the Tigers will wrestle in the Class 6A East Regional at Jenks. Along with BA, other teams competing in the East Regional are Bartlesville, Bixby, Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe, Enid, Jenks, Muskogee, Norman, Owasso, Ponca City, Putnam City North, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Shawnee and Union. The top five wrestlers from each regional will qualify for the state tournament. The fifth-place finisher from each weight class of each regional will wrestle the fourth place finisher of the opposite regional in a “wrestle-in match” at the state tournament. No team points will be issued for the winner of this match and the loser of the match will be eliminated from the state tournament.
The Oklahoma Class 6A State Wrestling Championships is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City.