Three Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers finished undefeated at the team's first meet of the season, held last weekend at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
"We did really well for the first time out," Juneau coach Bob Mahon said of the team's effort at the Mount Edgecumbe Invitational. "Our timing was off a little bit, but we were really aggressive and pushed hard and went after it."
The meet included wrestlers from Juneau, Sitka, Mount Edgecumbe and Hoonah. Mahon said he was especially pleased with the Crimson Bears' performance because the smaller schools' season started in September.
Juneau sophomore Sungie Musarra and seniors Isaac Cadiente and David Liliedahl posted undefeated records at the meet. Musarra finished 5-0 and Cadiente compiled an 8-0 record. Liliedahl finished 6-0 in his matches.
"David wrestled like I haven't seen him wrestle before," Mahon said.
Also earning winning records for Juneau were junior Dennis Hall (5-2), sophomore Buckley Svinicki (4-2), senior Austen Clair (4-3), sophomore Jake Ritter (5-2), senior Robert Vicario (5-1) and freshman Gerry Carrillo (5-2).
Sophomore Aaron Katzeek, new to the team this season, finished with a 3-2 record at the meet and drew praise from Mahon. Katzeek won the team's MVP of the week award last week for his effort.
"He wrestles with everything he has," Mahon said.
The Crimson Bears will travel to Wrangell this Friday and Saturday for a meet featuring nearly every team in Southeast Alaska. In addition to the Crimson Bears and the host Wrangell Wolves, the invite will include wrestlers from Ketchikan, Hydaburg, Craig, Klawock, Hoonah, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Mount Edgecumbe, Thorne Bay, Kake and Skagway.
After the Wrangell meet, Juneau will participate in a meet in Ketchikan on Nov. 15-16. The Crimson Bears return home to host the Brandon Pilot Invitational on Nov. 22-23.