Four Bears win titles in Sitka tourney

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team fared well at the Mount Edgecumbe Invitational held Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

Nineteen of the 20 Crimson Bear wrestlers who made the trip placed fourth or higher in their respective weight classes.

Although no team scores were kept at the informal meet, Crimson Bears head coach Bob Mahon said that if scores were kept, Juneau would have easily won. Full results were not available.

"They had to combine the 103-pounders and the 112-pounders because there was only two entrants in the 103 pounds," Mahon said. "We would have won the tourney if they would have kept score. We had 19 of 20 wrestlers in the top four. We did real well."

The Crimson Bears traveled with a young team, bringing along just a handful of returning varsity wrestlers, to give more experience to future varsity wrestlers.

Four Juneau wrestlers came out on top of their weight classes. Senior Vernon Perry won the 119-pound class; senior Reid Dihle won the 152-pound class; senior Jerrod Harvey won the 215-pound class, which was combined with the 275-pound class; and junior Isaac Cadiente, back this season from a shoulder injury, claimed first at 145 pounds.

Juneau senior Robert Vicario placed second at 189 pounds, losing in the finals to Sitka's Darren LaDuke, who place second at last year's fall-season state meet. Junior Kyle Monti was the lone underclassmen to place in the top two positiions for the Crimson Bears with a second-place finish at 160 pounds.

"The varsity guys did what I expected," Mahon said. "But the young ones did a really good job. The club kids I have been coaching really stepped up."

The Crimson Bears will continue with meet in Skagway on Friday and Saturday. Coach Mahon expects the Skagway meet to be conducted much like the Mount Edgecumbe meet, and will once again send a younger contingency of Juneau wrestlers.

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