Juneau Youth Wrestling Club heading to nationals

Team finishes strong at state wrestling championships
Juneau Youth Wrestling Club's Cody Morehouse, Dominic McDonald-Cox and Nate Van Sickle pause for a photo at the state wrestling championships.

The Juneau Youth Wrestling Club will be sending six grapplers to the regional and national tournaments held in mid-June in Idaho and Utah, thanks to the impressive performances of the team at the recent Alaska USA Wrestling (AUSAW) 2013 Folkstyle, Freestyle & Greco-Roman State Championships held in Wasilla. Wrestlers Dominic McDonald-Cox, Jahrease Mays, Ben Ng, Camden Erickson, Malakai Nichols, Nate Houston, and coaches Josh Houston and Warren Mays will be attending.


JYWC’s Jahrease Mays earned the status of winning a Triple Crown in Wasilla by taking first place in his bracket in each of the tournaments at the State Wrestling Championships.

To earn the Triple Crown award, a wrestler has to place first in all three state tournaments. There must be three or more wrestlers in each weight bracket and least two teams must be represented.

“In the folk style tournament, Jahrease pinned his way through the tournament,” JYWC coach Paul Davis said. “In Greco, he had three pins and one decision. In free style he had three pins and a tech and won the medal with a pin in 22 seconds. We had another of our novice wrestlers come close as well, Dominic McDonald-Cox (75 pounds) who took first place in both folk style and Greco, and second in freestyle. We had a great showing at state this year. The kids improved throughout the tournaments and came away with a lot more experience.”

The team placed 9th out of 24 teams, and 392 participants, in the folk style tournament with 84 points. Besides Mays and McDonald-Cox first place showing, coach Chad Requa also earned a 1st place in the open 163 bracket.

The JYWC 3rd place finishes were: Ben Ng (novice 120), Daniel Phillips (schoolboy 112), Josh Quinto (schoolboy 175), David Dumesnil (Cadet 120), Blake Phillips (Cadet 160), and Brylie Yadao (Junior 145). Other JYWC athletes in this tournament were Connor Norman, Henry Davis, Cody Morehouse, Cody Requa, Matthew Quinto, Tosh Robinson, Samuel Smith, Kailer Lindley, JT Nell, Royce Whitehead, Spencer Stratton, Nate Van Sickle, Deven Mason, Sam Nolan, Hunter Boyer, Tyler Cole, Lianno Vejar, and Rick Johnson.

“Most of our older kids were in tough brackets, some having up to 18 kids,” JYWC coach Josh Houston said. “As a new wrestler, it’s pretty hard to advance in big brackets like that.”

In the Greco tournament, 19 of the JYWC’s 32 wrestlers placed, 10 in the top three of their bracket. The team had 116 points putting them in 8th place out of 24 teams and 381 wrestlers. JYWC had six first place finishes: Malakai Nichols (Intermediate 103), Camden Erickson (intermediate 120), Jahrease Mays, Dominic McDonald-Cox, Benjamin Ng, and Coach Chad Requa. Blake Phillips placed 2nd in his weight class. There were three 3rd place finishes: Connor Norman (novice 70), Terrance Hawkins (novice 140), and Josh Quinto. Matthew Quinto (novice 105) had a 4th place finish. The club had five, 5th place finishes: Daniel Phillips, Deven Mason (schoolboy 136), Hunter Boyer (schoolboy 136), Lianno Vejar (cadet 182), and Rick Johnson (junior 285). Sixth-place finishes were Keenan Howard (intermediate 75), Henry Davis (novice 80), and Cody Requa (novice 85). Other participants in Greco were Nate Houston, Cody Morehouse, Tosh Robinson, Sam Smith, Kailer Lindley, JT Nell, Royce Whitehead, Spencer Stratton, Nate Van Sickle, David Dumesnil, Sam Nolan, Tyler Cole, and Brylie Yadao.

Over 840 wrestlers participated in the free style tournament.

“There were some exciting matches during the free style tournament,” Davis said. “We saw some ‘heart’ come out in a few kids. The coaches were really impressed with Malakai Nichols’ performance, taking first in both Greco and free style.”

Other first in freestyle included John Hawkins (Bantam 75++), Terrance Hawkins and Chad Requa. Ben Ng lost in the championship with the match ending in a tie but his opponent having a higher amplitude throw. First time wrestler Kayden Hawkins (Bantam 65) placed second also. Third place finishers were Josh Quinto, Hunter Boyer and Blake Phillips. Fourth place finishers were Daniel Phillips, Nate Van Sickle (schoolboy 136), Lianno Vejar and Rick Johnson. Fifth place finishers were Connor Norman, Camden Erickson and Deven Mason. Other participants in the free style tournament were Jace Emerson, Tatyana Mays, Lincoln Johnson, Caleb Emerson, Micah Hay, Jamal Johnson, Nate Houston, Keenan Howard, Henry Davis, Cody Morehouse, Cody Requa, Tosh Robinson, Matthew Quinto, Sam Smith, Kailer Lindley, JT Nell, Royce Whitehead, Spencer Stratton, David Dumesnil, Sam Nolan, Tyler Cole, and Brylie Yadao.

“We showed a lot of growth during the three days of tournaments,” Houston said. “The kids were feeling more confident in their abilities. I would guarantee that all of our kids were noticed at this tournament. It is kind of cool being thought of as ‘that tough Juneau wrestler.”


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