Several dozen young wrestlers from Juneau and Sitka faced off last Saturday in a tournament hosted by the Juneau Tornadoes wrestling club.
"The tournament ran well," said Tornadoes coach Bob Mahon. "We had a lot of people watching. ... And the big thing is that the kids had a lot of fun."
Wrestlers at the meet included boys and girls, ages 5 through high school, competing in various divisions based on age and weight.
One of those who had success was Tessa Otness, 10. Otness wrestled seven times on Saturday and took first place in her weight class in the Novice age division. She faced some much-larger opponents during the day's matches.
"It was fun," she said. "I enjoy getting the medals."
The meet was a tune-up for the state club wrestling tournament, to be held May 2-3 in Eagle River; Juneau will be well-represented at that event.
Twenty-five Juneau wrestlers are going to be participating in the state meet, Mahon said. In the past, Juneau's state contingent has not exceeded 15 wrestlers.
JUNEAU TORNADOES INVITATIONAL
Results from the Juneau Tornadoes wrestling club's tournament held April 12 at Riverbend Elementary School. Wrestlers from Juneau unless otherwise noted.
40 pounds - 1. Kelly Olson.
45 pounds - 1. Stetson Ercanbrack.
50 pounds - 1. Tyler Cole.
55 pounds - 1. Randy Nicholson; 2. Riley Moser.
60 pounds - 1. Kathryn Davidson; 2. Brady Mallinger.
60 pounds - 1. Fred Elliot.
65 pounds - 1. Skyler High.
75+ pounds - 1. Donovan Culp; 2. Dugan Paddock.
55 pounds - 1. Erik Otness.
65 pounds - 1. Chatham Lee (Sitka); 2. Nick Gough; 3. Gabe Regis.
75 pounds - 1. Billy Holbrook; 2. Peyton Millay.
87 pounds - 1. Laib Allensworth; 2. Annie Martin.
120 pounds - 1. Kayla Brown.
70 pounds - 1. Tessa Otness.
90 pounds - 1. Jacob Huston (Sitka); 2. Max Reifenstuhl (Sitka); 3. Alex Fisher.
95 pounds - 1. Austin Kesterson.
130 pounds - 1. Stafford Dragt; 2. Tavyn Gentry.
140 pounds - 1. Michael Brizgaloff (Sitka).
140+ pounds - 1. Alex Martin.
140++ pounds - 1. Taylor Kesterson.
70 pounds - 1. Ian Otness.
90 pounds - 1. Ciera Kendrick.
110 pounds - 1. Toria Lehman (Sitka).
125 pounds - 1. Logan Harvey.
171 pounds - 1. John Kuterbach.
171 pounds - 1. Matt Majoras.