The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team lost a numbers game during the Region V-Class 4A wrestling tournament Saturday at the JDHS main gym.
With grades and injuries forcing several wrestlers to the sidelines, the Crimson Bears only had 12 wrestlers eligible for the region tournament. Juneau advanced 10 of the 12 into the championship finals and had four win region titles. But it wasn't enough to overcome the depth of the larger Ketchikan and Sitka squads, which had 17 and 20 wrestlers, respectively.
The Ketchikan Kings claimed their fifth region title in six years, scoring 180.5 points as they had 10 wrestlers reach the finals and seven win individual championships. Sitka, which had eight finalists and three champions, took second place with 159 points. Juneau was third with 141 points. Ketchikan also won the team sportsmanship award.
"We have to feel good about tonight's performance," said Ketchikan coach Rick Collins, whose team hosts the Class 4A state tournament Feb. 7-8 at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gym. "We've never hosted a state tournament before, so hopefully this will give us a boost."
"It was just a numbers game," Juneau coach Bob Mahon said of his team's performance. "We didn't have the guys who could take third and fourth to score us some points. But man-for-man, I think we did fine. Basically this group that's going to state is the same group that's had us ranked fifth in the state. We'll do well at state."
Juneau's Isaac Cadiente claimed the tournament's outstanding wrestler award after he posted a 17-4 major decision over Ketchikan's Matt Haseltine in the 145-pound championship, a match between the top two wrestlers in the current state rankings for that weight class.
Earlier this season, Haseltine beat Cadiente the first two times they faced each other. But Cadiente won a close decision during the Brandon Pilot Invitational in November and since then he holds a five-match winning streak over Haseltine. Cadiente took second place to Haseltine's older brother, Steve, at last year's fall season state tournament, so the rivalry between Cadiente and Matt Haseltine has been intense this year.
"After I beat him in the Pilot, my confidence went way up," said Cadiente, who dominated Saturday's match and has claimed major decisions in his last two matches with Haseltine. "After I got that throw, I got really confident. We didn't win the team (title) because we didn't have the numbers, but we can't be disappointed with how we did. Schools like Lathrop and Skyview have big numbers, but man-for-man I feel we're among the best teams in the state."
Besides Cadiente, the other Crimson Bears to win region titles were Sungie Musarra (112 pounds), David Liliedahl (135) and Robert Vicario (189).
Musarra beat teammate Gerry Carrillo in an all-Juneau 112-pound final, pinning Carrillo with three minutes left in their match, while Vicario claimed a 6-3 decision over Jake Ritter in another all-Juneau final at 189. Liliedahl, who took third place in his previous three region tournaments, claimed an 18-4 major decision over Sitka's Justin Carlson in the 135 final.
"I was hoping to pin him," said Liliedahl, who had Carlson in near-fall situations for most of the match but couldn't get Carlson's second shoulder to stick to the mat. "I was pulling harder (on Carlson's arm) than I usually do. I wanted to pin him pretty bad."
Liliedahl has bounced around in weight classes a couple of times this year and he actually had state rankings at both 140 pounds (fifth) and 130 (10th). Even though he was unranked at 135, he feels more comfortable and his victory over Carlson (ranked third at 135) left Liliedahl pleased with his choice of weight classes.
"This is definitely my weight class," Liliedahl said. "At 130 I was cutting too much weight, and at 140 everyone was bigger than me. Carlson was second at West Valley (the West Valley Invitational on Jan. 10-11, which featured most the state's top wrestlers), so I'm doing really well."
At 112 pounds, Musarra scored a first-period takedown and had a 2-0 lead entering the second period. Musarra, who was coming off a dislocated left shoulder from the West Valley Invitational, got his pin and said he didn't feel any pain with his shoulder.
"I felt good going into the match," said Musarra, a sophomore who was the only non-senior to win for Juneau. "This was my second match back. It didn't hurt at all and I got my confidence back. Now I've got a week to prepare for state."
"I bumped up a weight," Carrillo said before his final. "I thought I wasn't going to state when Bob (Mahon) suggested it, but it was an easy change. We had to do it so we (Musarra, Carrillo and 103-pounder Cody Wolf) could all qualify for state."
At 189 pounds, Vicario and Ritter were scoreless through the first two periods as neither wrestler got an advantage. Vicario gave Ritter an escape to open the third period, but came back and took Ritter down and went on to win by a decision as they scored a flurry of points at the end of the match. Vicario is another Juneau wrestler who's shifted weights, competing at 215 pounds most of the season but dropping down to his more comfortable 189 for the region meet.
"I was scared," Vicario said of his match with Ritter. "I thought he was beating me by two points because of a takedown. He's been doing good the last week, so I was worried. We wrestled as hard as we could. We should be up there at state."
"I just have to wrestle as hard as I can," Ritter said of reaching the finals against his teammate. "We all did excellent in that last round."
The other Juneau wrestlers to reach the finals and qualify for state were Wolf at 103, Dennis Hall at 119, Logan Harvey at 125 and Buckley Svinicki at 140 pounds. John Kuterbach took third place at 152 pounds after he narrowly missed qualifying for state with a 13-12 loss to Ketchikan's Jarred Fudge in the semifinals. Juneau's other wrestler was Jordan Saceda, who took fourth place at 130 pounds.
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Juneau's state qualifiers
103 pounds - Cody Wolf
112 pounds - Sungie Musarra; Gerry Carillo
119 pounds - Dennis Hall
125 pounds - Logan Harvey
135 pounds - David Liliedahl
140 pounds - Buckley Svinicki
145 pounds - Isaac Cadiente
189 pounds - Robert Vicario;
REGION V-CLASS 4A
Results from the Region V-Class 4A wrestling tournament held Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School. The two wrestlers to reach the championship finals both qualify for the Class 4A state tournament on Feb. 7-8 in Ketchikan. The top three wrestlers in each weight class earned medals. Only one wrestler per school scored team points.
Team scores - 1. Ketchikan, 180.5 points; 2. Sitka, 159; 3. Juneau-Douglas, 141.
Outstanding wrestler - Isaac Cadiente, Juneau-Douglas, 145 pounds.
Team sportsmanship award - Ketchikan Kings.
Academic awards (for seniors with 3.0 GPAs or better) - Isaac Cadiente, Juneau-Douglas; David Liliedahl, Juneau-Douglas; Adam Minshall, Ketchikan; Dalton Bergman, Sitka; Justin Carlson, Sitka; Mike Loucks, Sitka.
Great Sport Team (two wrestlers selected from each team) - Isaac Cadiente, Juneau-Douglas; David Liliedahl, Juneau-Douglas; Adam Minshall, Ketchikan; Matt Haseltine, Ketchikan; Justin Albee, Sitka; George Howard, Sitka.
(both wrestlers qualify for state)
103 pounds - David Mann (Ketchikan) maj. dec. Cody Wolf (Juneau), 17-3. 112 - Sungie Musarra (Juneau) pin. Gerry Carrillo (Juneau), 3:00. 119 - George Howard (Sitka) dec. Dennis Hall (Juneau), 10-3. 125 - Jes Boyd (Ketchikan) tech. fall Logan Harvey (Juneau), 16-1, 5:10. 130 - Dan Cook (Ketchikan) pin. Matt Way (Sitka), 0:21. 135 - David Liliedahl (Juneau) maj. dec. Justin Carlson (Sitka), 18-4. 140 - Houston Laws (Ketchikan) pin. Buckley Svinicki (Juneau), 2:45. 145 - Isaac Cadiente (Juneau) maj. dec. Matt Haseltine (Ketchikan), 17-4. 152 - Dalton Bergman (Sitka) pin. Jarred Fudge (Ketchikan), 0:59. 160 - Anthony Haskins (Sitka) maj. dec. Dylan Swanberg (Sitka), 17-6. 171 - Zach Thompson (Ketchikan) pin. Justin Albee (Sitka), 1:10. 189 - Robert Vicario (Juneau) dec. Jake Ritter (Juneau), 6-3. 215 - Adam Minshall (Ketchikan) pin. Tim Eide (Ketchikan), 0:35. 275 - Jon Hamilton (Ketchikan) over Mike Loucks (Sitka), by forfeit.
103 pounds - Kevin Conway (Sitka) takes third, no match. 112 - Jim Jurczak (Sitka) dec. Lucas Chambers (Sitka), 12-5. 119 - August Mayo (Sitka) takes third, no match. 125 - Kyle Johnson (Sitka) takes third, no match. 130 - Ty Wagner (Sitka) dec. Jordan Saceda (Juneau), 6-4. 135 - Adam Gregg (Ketchikan) pin. Eric Morisky (Sitka), 5:26. 140 - Dylan Bergman (Sitka) pin. Marcus Robecker (Ketchikan), 5:37. 145 - Thomas Hovden (Sitka) takes third, no match. 152 - John Kuterbach (Juneau) dec. Jason Koelling (Sitka), 9-4. 160 - Sean Maynard (Ketchikan) takes third, no match. 171 - No match. 189 - Zac Clarke (Sitka) takes third, no match. 215 - Jake LaDuke (Sitka) takes third, no match. 275 - Sven Westergard (Ketchikan) takes third, no match.
103 pounds - No match. 112 - Jim Jurczak (Sitka) maj. dec. Jeremy Minshall (Ketchikan), 18-5. 119 - No match. 125 - No match. 130 - Ty Wagner (Sitka) pin. Iain Brown (Ketchikan), 1:58. 135 - No match. 140 - No match. 145 - No match. 152 - Jason Koelling (Sitka) dec. Brian Brown (Ketchikan), 7-1. 160 - No match. 171 - No match. 189 - No match. 215 - No match. 275 - No match.
103 pounds - David Mann (Ketchikan) pin. Kevin Conway (Sitka), 2:43; Cody Wolf (Juneau), bye. 112 - Sungie Musarra (Juneau) pin. Jim Jurczak (Sitka), 4:54; Gerry Carrillo (Juneau) pin. Lucas Chambers (Sitka), 4:20. 119 - Dennis Hall (Juneau) pin. August Mayo (Sitka), 3:42; George Howard (Sitka), bye. 125 - Logan Harvey (Juneau) pin. Kyle Johnson (Sitka), 4:54; Jes Boyd (Ketchikan), bye. 130 - Dan Cook (Ketchikan) pin. Jordan Saceda (Juneau), 2:42; Matt Way (Sitka) dec. Iain Brown (Ketchikan), 14-10. 135 - David Liliedahl (Juneau) pin. Eric Morisky (Sitka), 0:39; Justin Carlson (Sitka) dec. Adam Gregg (Ketchikan), 5-4. 140 - Houston Laws (Ketchikan) dec. Marcus Robecker (Ketchikan), 8-5; Buckley Svinicki (Juneau) dec. Dylan Bergman, 5-4. 145 - Isaac Cadiente (Juneau) pin. Thomas Hovden (Sitka), 1:12; Matt Haseltine (Ketchikan), bye. 152 - Dalton Bergman (Sitka) pin. Brian Brown (Ketchikan), 1:02; Jarred Fudge (Ketchikan) dec. John Kuterbach (Juneau), 13-12. 160 - Anthony Haskins (Sitka) pin. Sean Maynard (Ketchikan), 1:44; Dylan Swanberg (Sitka), bye. 171 - Zach Thompson (Ketchikan), bye; Justin Albee (Sitka), bye. 189 - Robert Vicario (Juneau) pin. Zac Clarke (Sitka), 3:11; Jake Ritter (Juneau), bye. 215 - Tim Eide (Ketchikan) pin. Jake LaDuke (Sitka), 5:38; Adam Minshall (Ketchikan), bye. 275 - Mike Loucks (Sitka) dec. Sven Westergard (Ketchikan), 7-2; Jon Hamilton (Ketchikan), bye.
103 pounds - No matches. 112 - Gerry Carrillo (Juneau) pin. Jeremy Minshall (Ketchikan), 4:16; other wrestlers had byes. 119 - No matches. 125 - No matches. 130 - No matches. 135 - No matches. 140 - No matches. 145 - No matches. 152 - John Kuterbach (Juneau) dec. Jason Koelling (Sitka), 12-9; other wrestlers had byes. 160 - No matches. 171 - No matches. 189 - No matches. 215 - No matches. 275 - No matches.