OKLAHOMA CITY —
And Rosemary Berry also had some praise to spread to North Principal Bryan Young for his efforts working with the OSSAA to clear up her son’s eligibility question.
“Mr. Young worked so hard. It’s really, really good to see a principal care about doing the right thing for the kid,” she said.
Berry was one of three finalists for North.
Sophomore Hayden Hansen wrestled one of the night’s most competitive matches at 126 and had all the late momentum going against Union’s Luke Wolfenbarger. Hansen scored two third-period takedowns and nearly had Wolfenbarger down a third time, but the Redskin junior hung on and claimed a 5-4 victory. Hansen finished with a team-high in wins with a 42-2 record.
North junior Blake Bassham had won two consecutive matches against higher-seeded wrestlers to reach the finals, but fell behind 9-2 before being pinned seconds before the end of the second period by Broken Arrow’s Tanner Bailey, who won all three of his matches by pinfall this weekend. Bassham finished the season 35-8.
The trio pushed North all the way to a fourth-place finish in the 6A team competition, which was won by Edmond North. And perhaps the best news of all for Henning is all three of his state placers, plus several other good hands, will be back next season.
“We want to start putting Norman North wrestling on the map,” Berry said. “This is the start of a new era here.”
NHS:NHS enjoyed its best season in many years in terms of qualifying wrestlers for the state tournament, with four Tigers making the field. Unfortunately, only senior Colin Pasque at 138 managed to win a match, reaching the consolation semifinals before bowing out.
Senior Derek Ross and juniors Nigel Jolliffie and Cael Stumpff reached the tournament but were ousted Friday.