Although Bluejay Pride Wrestling started this season almost four months late, the team combined Novice (beginner) wrestlers and Open (advanced) wrestlers only competed at a total of seven tournaments compared to the norm of 18.
First year wrestler, 8-year-old Dredyn Eaton, managed to place in three tournaments, a combination of both Novice and Open. Dredyn placed first at Choctaw Novice, eighth at the Novice State Championships, fourth at Open Central Regionals (qualifying for State).
First year wrestler, 10-year-old Klaribel Kirk, won awards in four tournaments this season, also a combination of Novice and Open. Klaribel placed first in Choctaw Novice, second in the YMCA Novice State Championships, second in open Central Regionals (qualifying for State), and third in the Girls’ State Championships.
Open Wrestler, 12-year-old Eli Kirk, who was out for the season until mid-January, was able to place in every tournament he attended after his return. Eli placed first in Choctaw Open, first in the YMCA Open State Championships, first in Open Central Regionals (qualifying for State), and fourth in the OKWA Open State Championships.
Open Wrestler 13-year-old Allyn Orndorff, placed in every tournament he attended this season. Allyn placed second in Moore Open, third in Choctaw Open, third in the YMCA Open State Championships, fourth in Open Central Regionals (qualifying for State), and despite an extreme illness, managed to place sixth in the OKWA Open State Championships. In addition, Orndorff was undefeated this season as a sixth grader wrestling exhibition matches in the Junior High’s empty 80 pound spot.
First year wrestler, 13-year-old Tyrin Eaton, enjoyed an extraordinary and successful season as a beginner. Tyrin placed second in Moore Novice, second in Choctaw Novice, fourth in Choctaw Open, second in the YMCA Novice State Championships, fourth in the YMCA Open State Championships, seventh in the Novice State Championships, and fourth at the United States Junior Novice Championships. In addition, as a sixth grader, Eaton was able to wrestle a few 100 pound exhibition matches for the Junior High as well, winning all but one.
According to head coach Brian Orndorff, it was extremely odd for this program to start so late, however extenuating circumstances dictate that it would be so.
“All in all, I can’t complain. These young wrestlers worked hard to catch up to where everyone else was, and they earned everything they received. They have proven their commitment as a team to improve and move ahead of the crowd. I’m extremely proud of Allyn (Orndorff) for suffering through the State bracket the way he did. It was the hardest bracket he has ever faced, and he persevered despite being sick. A year ago, this is the kid that would have wrestled and lost two matches the first day and gone home, and used being sick as an excuse.”
Allyn Orndorff and Eli Kirk have been accepted to Team Oklahoma dual team, and will compete both as individuals and as a part of the dual team at Liberty Nationals in in St. Joseph, MO February 24-26, at MyHouse Nationals in Allen, TX from March 11-12, at Independence Nationals in Independence, MO April 7-9, at Western Grand Nationals in Draper, UT June 15-17 and at Eastern Grand Nationals in Kalamazoo, MI July 6-8.
In between those tournaments, the young men will be competing locally and regionally in Freestyle and Greco-Roman, each looking for additional State and Regional titles in both styles.
Eastern and Western Grand Nationals will be a competition in each of the 3 styles with each wrestler hoping to win awards in each individual style as well as all-around wrestler awards