Even without numbers on their side, the Crimson Bears grapplers showed they are still a force to be reckoned with.
Friday and Saturday in Skagway, JDHS went 20-6 in a tournament with 15 matchups decided by pinfall.
Heavyweight Cole Bassio went 5-1 on the weekend, with all five wins coming by pinfall, and Jufer Librando pinned his opponent in all four of his wins on the way to a 4-1 record. Randy Segelhorst went 7-1, three of which came by pinfall, and Henry Dalton went 4-3 with three pins.
Coach Ronald Horton said the informal tournament was a success.
"My boys performed above average," he said. "They had some tough matches and they lost a few, and that's always humbling. It gives us something to work for.
"Let's face it; if you're not losing and you're winning every single one, you're not learning anything."
JDHS was short-handed for the second meet in a row, but Horton said the outlook is still good.
"Based on the talent we have out there waiting to be qualified, I'd say we're a force in Southeast Alaska," he said. "We have not had a chance to see what's going on in Anchorage, although, I hope that we get the opportunity coming up."
With several athletes still involved in other sports, and with others dealing with eligibility issues, Horton said he expects to have a full squad by mid-November. In the mean time, he said he is anticipating bringing seven wrestlers to Sitka this weekend. It would be the first time this season the Bears will have more than four grapplers at a tournament.
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