Anthony Manacio IV and Robert Vicario posted undefeated records as the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team opened its season Friday and Saturday at Hoonah High School.
No team scores were kept during the weekend's action, which featured wrestlers from Juneau, Sitka, Mount Edgecumbe, Hoonah, Kake and Skagway. Instead, the weekend featured four sessions of matches pitting the wrestlers against as many others as possible. Several wrestlers had matches where they competed up or down a weight class or two.
"We just mixed and matched people to get everybody as many matches as possible," Hoonah coach Eric Williams said.
Anthony Manacio IV, who is frequently called 'Four' because of his brothers with the same name, posted a 4-0 record competing about the 112-pound weight class. Four won two of his matches with pins and his other two with technical falls (ending the match early because he was leading by at least 15 points).
Vicario also posted a 4-0 record competing about 189 or 215 pounds, with one match ending in a pin. Vicario said his toughest match came against Sitka's Vince Agne, a 215-pounder who Vicario said was tough and fast.
"I'll wrestle about 189, 215 or heavyweight, wherever Coach (Bob Mahon) puts me," said Vicario, whose dark hair was died with bleached tiger stripes for the match. "It feels good. It kind of gets you ready for the rest of the season."
Anthony Manacio III, or 'Three,' posted a 1-1 record about 125 pounds with his loss coming on an injury default to Hoonah 135-pounder Brian Botts when Three caught a stray elbow above the right eye. Three ended up sitting out the rest of the weekend after taking seven stitches above the eye.
Jonathan Moore went 2-1 with a pin at 189 pounds, while Alwin Alcancia had a 3-2 record for the Crimson Bears. Peter Muse and Stephen Perry both posted 2-2 records with a pin each, while David Lilliedahl was 3-3 with two pins.
Justin Rasmussen went 1-2 with a pin, while Jestin Hulegaard was 0-2 in two close decisions wrestling up weight classes against Hoonah brothers Ben and Brian Botts. Other wrestlers for Juneau were Mike Wright (0-3), Dennis Hall (0-4) and Wrenna Klose (0-5).
"We wrestled better than I thought we would with the amount of time we've put in," Mahon said. "Vicario did really well, while Rasmussen and Jonathan Moore both went up weight and wrestled some close matches against (Sitka heavyweight Darrin) LaDuke. They both had him on his back."
This weekend, Juneau will head to Sitka for a series of dual meets against Sitka High School, Mount Edgecumbe and Ketchikan this Friday and Saturday. Mahon said the wrestlers he takes to the meets should get about six matches each as Juneau sees defending Region V champion Ketchikan for the first time this season.