Freshmen wrestlers head to Skagway

Juneau's varsity team still working its way into wrestling shape

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2001

Nine freshmen wrestlers from the Juneau-Douglas High School team will make a short trip to Skagway on Saturday for another informal tournament.

Wrestlers from Hoonah will join the Crimson Bears and Panthers in what Juneau head coach Bob Mahon likes to call a scrimmage. No scores will be kept at the meet.

Last week, several wrestlers did the same thing in Sitka, but according to Mahon, some of the younger wrestlers could use some more experience.

"Some kids did pretty good for us last week, but some kids need some more time on the mat," Mahon said. "These kids will most likely be the No. 2 wrestlers in their weight classes."

The Crimson Bears varsity squad will slowly get to full strength beginning next week in Petersburg at the season's first full-fledged meet. Teams from Ketchikan, Sitka and Wrangell are expected to make the trip, giving the wrestlers an early season meet to see where they match up with the larger schools of the region.

Juneau should be a full strength the following week in Sitka, giving the wrestlers who compete in football three weeks of practice.

"We'll have wrestle-offs next week to find out who will be where," Mahon said. "The varsity will get five more days of practice and the football players are back. I'm bringing them along a little slower this year than in the past. Hopefully they will peak at the right time. You figure two weeks just isn't long enough to get into wrestling shape."

In Sitka last week, 19 of the 20 Juneau wrestlers placed in the top four, including four first-place finishes and four second-place finishes.

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