Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas were among 16 teams that competed in the weekend's Bill Weiss Invitational wrestling tournament, won by the homestanding Kings, with the Falcons finishing sixth and the Crimson Bears eighth in Ketchikan.
Thunder Mountain junior Melissa Fisher was the big winner for the Falcons, finishing first in the 112-pound class.
Junior 135-pounder Thomas Riley finished second after a high-scoring finals match which went to sudden death overtime to break an 18-18 tie after regulation. Craig's Chad Anderson won the match with a takedown after a tough scramble, TMHS coach Chad Requa said in an e-mail.
Senior Cole Bossio went 3-1 to finish third, with his only loss coming to Petersburg's Jacob Craig, who defeated the reigning 3A heavyweight state champion in the final. Craig beat Bossio 2-0 in a close match won with a single takedown.
Andrew Hotch was the top grappler for Juneau-Douglas by winning the 140-pound weight class.
Kyle Barry took third in the 145-pound class, Ben Hotch was fourth at 135, Arturo Gonzalez fifth at 125 and David Dumesnil fifth at 103.
"The meet went really well, especially since we only had nine wrestlers," JDHS coach John Smith said.
Full results were not available but for TMHS, Ray Jones (152) finished 3-2, David Steininger (160) was 2-2, Jackson Pavitt (160) 2-2, Devin Womak (160) 2-2, and Stephen Patz (189) 2-2.
"Many other TMHS wrestlers put on singlets for the first time and got mat time for their first high school wrestling tournament, and even though they did not win should be commended for putting it on the line for their first time," Requa said in an e-mail.
Both schools are in action Thursday at a previously unscheduled meet featuring schools on their way to Haines, where another invitational takes place this weekend.
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