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Jones, Vawter make history for Little Axe; Sessions gets redemption in championship match

Feb. 24—Little Axe hasn't had an individual state champion — boys or girls — in wrestling in over a decade. On Saturday, it got two more.

The final day of the girls state wrestling tournament concluded on Saturday at Jim Norrick Arena in Oklahoma City and three Little Axe wrestlers competed in placement matches. In the 145 division, Amelia Earheart beat Harrah's Natasha Orozco by fall in the second round to finish in third place.

Alexus Jones had already won each of her three matches at state to face Tecumseh's Trinity Rakeshaw in the championship bout. Rakeshaw got a takedown with 38 seconds left in the first round to take an early lead.

Jones took the lead in the second with a three-point nearfall and held a narrow advantage heading into the final round. With time running down in the match, Jones solidfied her spot atop the podium with a takedown in the final minute.

In just her first season competing in high school wrestling, the freshman became the first girls state champion in program history. Jones closed out the season with a 29-5 overall record.

It didn't take long for teammate Chloe Vawter to join her.

Wrestling in the championship match of the 235 division, Vawter pinned Mcloud's Stacey Nash midway through the second round to etch her name into program history. Vawter won all three matches by fall before the third round.

In addition to three podium finishes, the Indians had a pair of wrestlers finish in fourth place in Emily McDaniel (190 division) and Angjelica Morales (110 division).

Norman North's Sessions gets redemption in return to championship match — A year ago, Norman North's Coty Sessions had to settle for second place after dropping the championship bout of the 110 division.

On Saturday she got another opportunity, this time against Westmoore's Mariah Robbins, and didn't let it go to waste. Less than a minute remained in the second period when Sessions pinned Robbins to secure her first state title.

Sessions only lost one match all season and it came at an out-of-state tournament against a wrestler from Texas. The junior went 32-1 on the year and only had one match at the state tournament go the distance.

Norman North's only other state qualifer also made it to the final day of the state tournament, falling in the third-place match on Saturday to McAlester's Emery Turner in the 190 division.

Noble's Jordan caps perfect season with state title — On the boys side, Beric Jordan was undefeated in 36 matches heading into the weekend and won all three by technical fall to win a 5A state title in the 120 division.

Jordan faced Claremore's Mason Gillipsie in the final match and dominated in a 25-10 win.

He wasn't the only Noble wreslter competing against Claremore in a placement match. Teammate Daniel Prior faced Claremore's Gunner Murray in the third-place match and lost by fall in the second round.

Norman North's Johnson, Richard place 4th — Two Norman North boys wrestlers had a chance to earn a spot on the podium on the final day of the tournament, but lost in third-place matches on Saturday.

Evan Johnson lost his opening match in the 165 division to Brayden Lucas of Edmond North. He had to win his next two to have a shot at finishing in the top three.

Johnson matched up with Lucas again in the third-place match and lost by fall in the second round.

Logan Richard went 2-1 through the first two days of the tournament to set up a third-place match with Piedmont's Jesse Knapp. Richard settled for fourth place after falling by sudden victory.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com