Three Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers claimed individual titles Friday and Saturday at the Sitka Wrestling Invitational.
Seniors Anthony Manacio IV won the 112-pound weight class, Justin Rasmussen won the 215-pound class and Jerrod Harvey took first at 275 pounds.
Harvey, who typically wrestles at 215 pounds, went up a weight class and defeated Ketchikan's Matt Hamilton, the state's top-ranked heavyweight who weighs in around 260 pounds.
"Jerrod has been wrestling really smart," head wrestling coach Bob Mahon said. "He went out and got a takedown, reverse and escape and just rode him (Hamilton) and broke him down every time he tried to do something."
Manacio had his way with Klawock's Chris Schnur in the championship finals to score a technical fall.
"Manacio did real well," Mahon said. "Chris Schnur is a tough wrestler. Anthony made a few mistakes but did real well."
Rasmussen, in his second appearance since joining the team after football season, easily defeated Ryan Savage of Craig by nine points.
"Rasmussen's still doing good from football," Mahon said. "He's almost in wrestling shape. Justin just got tired at the end and made Savage look a little better than he should have."
No team scores were kept at the invitational and individual match scores were not made available.
"Sitka didn't want to do team scores because they didn't do very well," Mahon said. "This is how things are done in Southeast wrestling."
Nine other Crimson Bears placed in the top four to give Juneau 12 wrestlers who wrestled in the championship and consolation rounds.
Senior Vernon Perry (119 pounds), junior Isaac Cadiente (140) and senior John Moore (189) took second place in their respective weight classes.
Freshman Sungi Musarra (103), junior David Liledahl (130) and sophomore Reid Dihle (145) won their consolation matches for third place. Senior Kyle Monte (152) and junior Robert Vicario (189) took fourth place for the Crimson Bears.
"We did real good," Mahon said. "We had some kids come up and do some good things. I think were going to be O.K. this seaon."
Senior Amanda Krafft, in an attempt to become the first female wrestler from Southeast to qualify for state in wrestling, placed fourth at 112 pounds. The top six wrestlers in the region qualify for state.
"Amanda took fourth, but was real close to third," Mahon said. "She went out and wrestled hard. She lost, but was happy because she wrestled tough. The only thing that can stop her from going to state is our own kids. We're only allowed two wrestlers per weight class at state and if one of our other guys beats her out, she'll be out of luck."
Most of the Crimson Bear varsity will have a week off from competition as Mahon will be traveling with primarily junior varsity wrestlers Friday and Saturday at Hoonah. The following week, the varsity will travel to Anchorage to take part in the Alaska Christian Schools Invitational.
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