OKMULGEE – Bethel High School sophomore T.J. Ramsey went a perfect 3-0 while recording three pins, captured the title at 152 pounds and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Okmulgee Tournament on Saturday.
That effort helped fuel Bethel to a third-place finish in the team standings with a score of 144, behind first-place McAlester (181) and second-place Morris (160). There were 16 teams as Prague settled for 14th place.
Ramsey was one of two champions for the Wildcats as teammate and fellow sophomore Rowdy Story drew a first-round bye and recorded two straight pins in capturing the championship at 120 pounds.
Ramsey pinned Hilldale's Tyler McCoy in just 30 seconds in his first match. Ramsey then pinned McAlester's Trey Howard in 2:26 and then capped off the tournament with a fall over Tulsa Will Rogers' Josiah Roads in only 31 seconds.
“T.J. is such a hard-working and great kid,” said Bethel head coach Jason McPhail. “T.J. won it over kids who placed at state in upper divisions as well. It was like he came out of nowhere on them and they were all shocked by how well an unknown kid wrestled.”
Ramsey, who was voted as the Most Outstanding Wrestler by the all the coaches at the tournament, went to 5-0 on the season.
Story's two victories by pin came over McAlester's Jevon Jessen in 2:38 and Morris' Ryan Toothman in 1:39.
Bethel's female All-American Jordan Blair took second place as she defeated a female competitor in the first round and a male in the second at 106 pounds in going 2-1. Both of her victories were by pin in advancing to the finals.
Two other Wildcats – sophomores Dominick Contreras (heavyweight) and Fischer Gambill (195 pounds) – each took third place while posting 4-1 records. Junior Aaron Brodine went 2-2 and took fourth place at 138 pounds.
Note: Report compiled by Sports Editor Brian Johnson.