Two Crimson Bear wrestlers win titles at Sitka Invitational

Saceda is first at 119; Ritter leads way at 215

Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2003

Juniors Jordan Saceda and Jake Ritter led the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team with individual titles at last weekend's Sitka Invitational.

Sophomore Gerry Carrillo and senior Dennis Hall posted second-place finishes for the Crimson Bears, who were competing in their first large meet of the season - a meet that featured nearly every school in the region as well as visiting Kodiak.

"It opened the kids' eyes a little bit," Juneau coach Kris Mercer said Saturday night.

There were two days of competition in Sitka, but Friday's matches were in an informal round-robin format. Saturday's tournament had formal brackets.

Saceda (119 pounds) and Ritter (215 pounds) each finished 4-0 over the two days of wrestling. On Saturday, Saceda beat Sitka's Jim Jurczak by a 6-2 decision in the 119-pound championship match. In the 215 final, Ritter dominated Kodiak's Dennis Bryant, winning by technical fall 16-1.

Carrillo (112 pounds) finished the weekend 3-1, with the only loss coming in Saturday's final - a 7-0 decision to defending 103-pound state champion David Mann of Ketchikan. Hall, wrestling at 125 pounds, posted a 3-1 record for the weekend. He lost Saturday's final on a 16-4 major decision to Sean Costello of Kodiak.

Juneau's other top-four finishers from Saturday's brackets were freshman Dante Santos, third at 103 pounds, and senior Pat Lumba, fourth at 275 pounds.

Complete results from last Saturday's matches can be found on Page B2.

In addition to Juneau, Sitka, Kodiak and Ketchikan, 10 other schools sent competitors to Sitka - Skagway, Hoonah, Pelican, Kake, Mount Edgecumbe, Petersburg, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Craig and Hydaburg.

The Sitka meet was Juneau's second of the season, but the Crimson Bears' first meet - Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Hoonah - included only Juneau, Hoonah, Skagway and Mount Edgecumbe.

This weekend, the Crimson Bears head south for the Bill Weiss Tournament at Ketchikan High School on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature many of the same schools as the Sitka event, but in a series of dual meets.

The Ketchikan tourney will conclude on Saturday evening with an "All-Star" event - the top 20 matchups, determined by the coaches.

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