Ketchikan wrestlers topple Crimson Bears, Falcons

160-pound showdown provides excitement Friday night Ketchikan's Spear outlasts TMHS' Pavitt in 3 OTs

On a mostly lackluster Friday for the capital city’s high school wrestling squads, Thunder Mountain’s Jackson Pavitt and Ketchikan High School’s Dalton Spear put on a show at 160 pounds, with Spear eventually coming away with a 12-8 decision in three overtimes.


“Jackson Pavitt was probably one of our best perfomers this weekend,” Thunder Mountain head coach Chad Requa said. “

Pavitt on two occasions seemed to have the match won; once in regulation and another in overtime. Down 4-3, he worked from underneath Spear to reverse the Ketchikan wrestler’s control to take a 5-4 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the third period. However, Pavitt couldn’t ride Spear for the rest of regulation, with spear escaping his control just before time expired to tie the match at 5.

After a scoreless first overtime, Pavitt chose the down position in the first of two 30-second extra periods. He managed a quick escape and takedown to go ahead 8-5, a pair of scoring maneuvers that would have been difficult for Spear to match in 30 seconds working from the down position. Spear, however, managed to reverse Pavitt’s control just before time in the second OT lapsed, trimming the thunder Mountain grappler’s lead to 8-7.

Spear used that momentum to dominate the final 30 seconds. He escaped Pavitt’s control and then quickly took the Falcon down to his back, earning 2 points for the takedown and 2 near-fall points. Pavitt managed to keep his second shoulder off the mat, but could muster no more offense as Spear claimed the 12-8 win.

“Despite the results you may see on paper, we are finally starting to see what we have been working on in practice starting to come out on the mat,” Requa said. “If that continues good things are going to happen.”

Both of the 182-pound wrestlers for the Juneau high school made the most of their matches against Ketchikan’s Kohl Hallmann. Hallmann returned to the mat Friday after an injury, the Ketchikan Daily News reported, but was rudely welcomed back by Juneau-Douglas’ Jerry Hudson and TMHS’ Stephen Patz. Hudson stuck Hallmann’s shoulders to the mat in 5:45, while Patz followed with a pin of his own in 3:48.

As far as the dual meets went, depth-depleted JDHS and Thunder Mountain couldn’t keep up with Ketchikan. The Kings routed the Crimson Bears 58-6 and the Falcons 57-6. Kayhi claimed 36 points on forfeits against JDHS and also secured pins at 133, 138 and 152 pounds for 54 of its points.

“The depth definitely was a challenge,” Requa said. “We just focused on the mathes that we could win. You go into something like that being down with forfeits even before you get started and it can take its toll. They have some tough kids and you have to beat some tough kids to even be in the match.”

Thunder Mountain started off in a 24-0 hole to the Kings because of forfeits, then the Kings rolled up pins at 120, 138, 145 and 152 pounds to start the dual meet. Kayhi’s win by fall at 170 pounds concluded it’s scoring.

A four-match mini-dual between the two Juneau teams concluded the action Friday night. Falcon Shawn Taylor outpointed Demetrius Campos 7-4 at 138 pounds before Juneau-Douglas’ Dartanan Campos put the Bears on the board by pinning Falcon Zack McCracken at 145. A pair of Thunder Mountain pins by Bryloe Yadka at 152 pounds and Patz at 182 along with some forfeits on both sides, allowed the Falcons to post a 33-12 dual win.

Requa aknowledged the quality effort from Stephen Patz and Brylie Yadao as well, but also noted the improvement of all the wrestlers at the meet.

Saturday featured a takedown tournament in which matches consisted of 3 one-minute periods. Wrestlers began on their feet and were returned to the standing start even after a pin. Points were awarded for takedowns.

“A takedown is a big chance,” Requa said. “Some of the wrestlers are willing to take it, others like to be defensive and try to score. I told our kids that we work these shots everyday in practice, they use them and are typically successful with them, so why not go for it. It is a nice follow up to the duel meets.”


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