Kayhi tops home wrestling tourney

Wrangell's Alisa Heller escapes from Thunder Mountain's Juan Fisher in a 106-pound match earlier this season.

The Ketchikan High School wrestling team continues to be the frontrunner on the mats across Southeast. The Kings scored 231.5 team points to win their home Bill Weiss Invitational over the weekend, with the second-place Craig Panthers and third-place Wrangell Wolves trailing by over 100 points apiece.


The Thunder Mountain Falcons finished fifth with 85 points and Juneau-Douglas was eighth with 39 points.

Wrangell freshman Orion Heller pinned Ketchikan freshman Payton Stewart at 3:06 to win the 98-pound weight bracket, and Kings freshman Paul Amendinger and sophomore Connor McCormick battled for third and fourth with Amendinger winning 12-2.

Ketchikan’s Troy Harris won a 3-0 decision over Thunder Mountain’s Juan Fisher in the 106-pound championship, and Wrangell sophomore Alisa Heller pinned Kayhi freshman Luke Reynolds at 2:09 for third place.

Wrangell freshman Ian Jenson pinned Kayhi freshman Vince Tenebro at 3:07 for the 113-pound title, and Petersburg freshman Teagen Schwartz pinned Hoonah freshman Zachary Wiliams at 2:21 for third place.

Kings freshman Max Collins pinned his way into the 120-pound finals and put a 14-3 major decision win on Petersburg sophomore Buddy Stelmech. Craig freshman Bryan Castle won a 10-2 major decision over Kayhi freshman Kadin Hodges for third place.

Ketchikan junior Trevor Wutzke was undefeated in the 126-pound four-man round robin, with Craig freshman Drew Marker placing second.

Ketchikan senior Keenan Spencer won by 18-9 major decision over Hoonah sophomore Manny Budke at 132 pounds. Kayhi sophomore Tim Rodriguez pinned Thorne Bay freshman Eric Ulery at 2:40 for third place.

Kings senior Marcus Martin won a 3-1 decision over Thorne Bay junior Tell Tripple in the 138-pound final, and Craig junior Mitchell Reeves won a 10-7 decision over Wrangell junior Roger Miller for third place. Thunder Mountain sophomore Deven Mason won two and lost two at this weight.

Thunder Mountain junior Hunter Boyer slipped past Petersburg senior John Brooks 15-13 in the 145-pound championship, and Craig senior Hunter Fitch pinned Thorne Bay freshman Titus Tripple at 2:51 for third place. Juneau-Douglas freshman Tucker Joeright won one and lost two at this weight.

Petersburg senior William Ware won a 2-1 decision over Craig junior Wyatt Patten for the 152-pound title, and Vikings freshman Nick Hofsted won a 7-4 decision over Wrangell sophomore Darren Shilts for third place.

Kings senior T. McBurnette won a 12-5 decision over Hydaburg junior William Peele for the 160-pound championship, and Wrangell junior Chet Armstrong pinned Hydaburg junior Sidney Warren-Edenshaw at 1:25 for third place. Juneau-Douglas sophomore Ethan Goebel lost two at this weight.

Thorne Bay senior Luther Jenson won a 16-5 major decision over Craig senior Tucker Thain in the 170-pound final. Hoonah senior Torston Skaflestad won by technical fall at 3:16 (15-0) over Thunder Mountain junior Tyler Cole for third place. Juneau-Douglas senior Drecar Delcastillo won one and lost two at this weight.

Juneau-Douglas sophomore Cody Weldon won a 5-0 decision over Metlakatla junior Alonzo Leisholmn for the 182-pound title. Ketchikan sophomore George Bolton defeated freshman teammate Colby houthoofd by fall at 0:46 for third place. Thunder Mountain junior Q’on Bear Clark won one and lost two at this weight.

Ketchikan junior Nate Fousel defeated Wrangell senior Justus Mikkelsen 6-1 for the 195-pound championship, and Kings senior Daniel Eichner pinned Petersburg’s Brandon Ware at 1:46 for third place. Juneau-Douglas freshman Derrick Roberts lost two at this weight.

Ketchikan senior Robert Williams was undefeated in the four-man round robin 220-pound bracket, Ketchikan sophomore Michael Greer won two and lost one, Juneau-Douglas junior Taylor Sutak won one and lost two, and Ketchikan sophomore Lawrence Carson lost three.

Thunder Mountain senior Rick Johnson went undefeated in the four-man round robin 285-pound bracket with three wins by pins, Metlakatla junior Brayden Blandov won two and lost one, Craig junior Liam Price won one and lost two, and Metlakatla sophomore August Leask lost three. The Falcons’ Johnson defeated the Chiefs’ Blandov by fall at 3:13 in the third round of grappling.



1. Ketchikan Kings 231.5; 2. Craig Panthers 116.5; 3. Wrangell Wolves 115.5; 4. Petersburg Vikings 93.0; 5. Thunder Mountain Falcons 85.0; 6. Thorne Bay Wolverines 71.5; 7. Hoonah Braves 46.0; 8. Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears 39.0; 9. Metlakatla Chiefs 33.0; 10. Hydaburg Warriors 23.5; 11. Kake Thunderbirds 12.0; 12. Mt Edgecumbe Braves 10.0; 13. Klawock Chieftains 6.0.


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