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Little Axe has most qualifiers at 5A state tournament; Timberwolves 'ready to go'

Feb. 21—No other team in Class 5A girls wrestling will have as many qualifiers at this weekend's state wrestling tournament as Little Axe.

The Indians had 12 wrestlers competing at the 5A East Regional in Okmulgee two weeks ago and nine finished in the top five to advance to state. Alexus Jones (135-division) and Chloe Vawter (235-division) each went undefeated at the tournament to win regional titles.

Jones is 26-5 overall and has only lost to one wrestler that will be competing against her this weekend. Vawter is 24-4 overall.

The 2024 State Wrestling Tournament will be at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday. There will be two sessions on each of the three days of the tournament, with the first matches starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Brackets and schedules for each of the three days are online at ossaa.com.

Little Axe also had three wrestlers finish runner-up at regionals. Anjelica Morales fell to Catoosa's Shaley Kelly in the championship match of the 110-division. In the 140-division, Ainsley Jennings placed second after going 2-0 before dropping the championship match to Poteau's Kailey Thornton.

Amelia Earheart won two matches by fall before dropping the final match in the 145-division.

Also representing Little Axe are Kyra Carr (5th at regionals in the 100-division), Aubrie Davis (4th at regionals in the 125-division), Lilah Blair (5th at regionals in the 170-division) and Emily McDaniel (4th at regionals in the 190-division).

Timberwolves 'ready to go' at state tournament

Norman North head coach Justin DeAngelis will be busier this weekend than he has at any of the past state tournaments.

"That's always a good thing," DeAngelis said.

The Timberwolves have eight total state qualifers — six on the boys side and two on the girls side. It's the most DeAngelis has ever had at the state tournament since taking over as the Timberwolves' head coach.

A year after finishing as the state runner-up, Coty Sessions has been dominant again this season. Wrestling at 110, Sessions is 32-1 with her lone loss coming to an out-of-state opponent.

Gabriella Nava placed third in regionals a year after just missing out on a chance to compete at state.

On the boys side, heavyweight Logan Richards finished second at regionals and has a 23-3 overall record. He's already faced the top heavyweight in the state, OU commit Ricky Thomas of Edmond North, and has a real chance to finish on the podium according to his head coach.

"A big key for him at the state tournament is going to be to get his escapes on bottom, becuase we're pretty good on our feet and we're really good on top, but we've got to be a little bit tougher when we're on the bottom and we could definitely get on that state podium," DeAngelis said.

Cash Sessions (144), Matthew Revas (150) and Evan Johnson (165) each finished third at regionals to qualify for state, while Dayton Clarke (175) placed fifth.

"I think we'll be ready to go," DeAngelis said.

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