Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers win two titles in Ketchikan

Steven Dyer, Ramiro Lamas emerge with first-place finishes

Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2007

Steven Dyer and Ramiro Lamas led the charge for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team Saturday at the Ketchikan Tournament.

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The duo were the Crimson Bears' lone finalists at the tournament.

"I like to think we're on the right track," JDHS coach Kris Mercer said. "We head north to the Alaska Rumble next week (in Anchorage). I'm hoping for a full squad."

Dyer won four matches to capture the 152-pound championship.

The senior pinned Petersburg's Bobby Egan in the second round for the title.

"It's nice to see him dominate in his own weight class," Mercer said of Dyer. "He's stronger and bigger than the other guys this time around. He's able to be a little freer with his moves."

At 215 pounds, Lamas emerged the king of a tournament that was full of fellow Crimson Bears. Teammates Cole Bossio and Ross Lietz also competed at 215 pounds.

Lamas won in the finals via decision against an opponent from Colony High School. Bossio took third at 215 pounds.

Bryce Saviers took third at 130 pounds after boasting an undefeated trip to Sitka last weekend.

"He had a tough match (in the finals) and lost 5-4," Mercer said. "Bryce had him almost turned in the last few minutes."

Jufer Librando took fourth at 112 pounds while Lester Hunt placed fourth at 125 pounds.

Ian Otness finished fifth at 125 pounds while senior Colton Baker made his debut at 160 pounds.

"He's a real strong kid," Mercer said of Baker, who did not place. "He had to take a lickin' his first time but he held his head high and was learning. He's got a ways to go but has a lot of raw talent."

Juneau-Douglas had to forfeit weight classes at 135, 145, 171, 189 and 285 pounds.

Colony won the tournament with 304.5 points while JDHS finished fifth with 133 points.

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