Newcastle's Steven Fernandez wasn't sure Newcastle was the right place for him when he transferred there at the end of last year from Southmoore, where he'd just come from Westmoore.
"I didn't like it there much," Fernandez said. "It was tough and I'm just now starting to make friends there. But it's getting better."
But after Fernandez beat Pawhuska's Cameron Kirk 7-0 for the Class 3A 130-pound championship Saturday at State Fair Arena, the decision to move was fully justified.
"I was getting into trouble over there," Fernandez said. "Being at my dad's house now, it's a lot safer and he's a lot more involved in my school and wrestling.
"It's been a great thing for me.�
The match remained scoreless late in the first before Fernandez took Kirk down in the closing seconds and dominated the rest of the way.
�He gets so focused,� Newcastle coach Jim Smith said. �He's so locked in and so intense. I can't say enough about the kid.�
TUTTLE FRESHMAN BEGINS QUEST FOR FOUR
When Levi Berry moved from Southwest Christian Academy to Tuttle, Saturday's state championship wasn't the culmination of what he hoped to accomplish but the beginning.
�I wanted to become a four-time champion,� Berry said. �I knew I couldn't do that where I was, that I needed to go a school where I could wrestle for this.�
Berry, a freshman, took the first step toward accomplishing that goal with a 4-2 win over Cushing's Gage Stallworth.
�Pretty much all my life I've been working toward this,� Berry said. �I didn't get nervous even as a freshman. This isn't anything new for me.
�I plan on definitely becoming a four-time champion and definitely wrestling Division I.�
Berry started wrestling at 4 at the urging of his father, Tim Berry.
�I just wanted to play football,� Levi Berry said. �But the second year, it started becoming more and more me and since then, this is all I've ever wanted to do.�
DAVENPORT MAKES IT FOUR
Like he had most of his career, Sallisaw's Jeromy Davenport breezed through the field for the Class 4A 152-pound title, capping off his career by becoming the school's first-ever four-time state champion.
�It was just a hope and dream for me to do this, something that no one has ever done at Sallisaw,� Davenport said after he beat Tuttle's Austin Elam.
Davenport is the 26th four-time champion in state history and was named the Class 4A outstanding wrestler.
He said he started thinking about the possibility as an eighth grader when he improved greatly, becoming more precise and aggressive.
Now that his high school career is finished, Davenport turns his attention to college, where he'll choose between OU and OSU.
He said he grew up wanting to wrestle for OSU and loved his visit there but will soon take a visit to OU and the decision will come down to one based on business.
�It's all about the scholarship money,� Davenport said. �Whichever school can give me more is where I'll go.�
TUTTLE, PERRY TAKE TEAM TITLES
Tuttle's championship day didn't go as well as it would've hoped.
Tigers wrestlers lost their first four championship matches of the night but still, Tuttle rolled to its third consecutive Class 4A team title.
Tuttle beat second-place Sallisaw, 165-115 all but sealing the title Friday when it placed nine wrestlers in the championship round.
After struggling early, Tuttle won four of its last five matches.
In Class 3A, Perry continued its dominance, holding off Berryhill 112.5-99.
The title was Perry's eighth in a row and 12th in 14 seasons.
Tonkawa's Jake Love won his second consecutive state title, beating Vian's Cale Mays to win the 3A title at 189. � Love finished undefeated at 27-0, one of four Class 3A wrestlers to complete undefeated seasons. The others were Marlow's Ryan Brooks (119), Berryhill's Davey Dolan (135) and Cascia Hall's Jacob Haydock (152). � In Class 4A, Oologah's Garrett Martin was the lone undefeated champion. � Geary's Matt Kennedy was named 3A's outstanding wrestler.