JDHS takes the Pilot Tournament

Crimson Bears grab five individual titles en route to team championship

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2005

Juneau-Douglas High School captured the Brandon Pilot Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

The Crimson Bears captured five individual titles to earn the team championship at their host tourney. They also had two second-place finishes and four grapplers take third place. JDHS in all had 13 wrestlers finish in the top four.

Juneau-Douglas also received boisterous support in its lone regular-season tournament at home. Juneau also hosts the Region V tournament on Jan. 28.

"The best part about this is that the stands are filled," JDHS coach Kris Mercer said. "For us, that's huge. We need that. We've got to keep getting people in here and get people interested. I think I picked up two or three kids out of the audience who will be in practice on Monday."

Juneau-Douglas' Dante Santos captured the 119-pound title by beating teammate Bryce Saviers 9-1 for the title.

Santos held a slim 4-1 advantage after two periods before scoring a reversal and an additional three points for a near fall to earn the title.

At 125-pounds, Juneau's Cody Wolf toppled Wrangell's Jon Garrison 10-4 in the title match.

Clinton Clark won the 140-pound weight class for Juneau-Douglas by defeating Petersburg's Josh Dunham 9-5. Clark also topped Dunham two weeks ago to win the Ketchikan Tournament.

Juneau's Matt Barry continued his undefeated season by defeating Sitka's Ty Wagner 9-5. The Pilot title was Barry's third consecutive individual championship.

The Crimson Bears' Garret Cox wriggled out of a late cradle by South Anchorage's Nick Bollerud to win the 152-pound weight class by an 8-3 margin.

At 130-pounds, Juneau's Gerry Carrillo had a successful season-debut by taking second-place.

Kyle Foote defeated JDHS teammate Ian Otness in the third-place match at 103-pounds while Crimson Bears' Buddy Howard (112), Jordan Savland (145) and Tyler Zimmerman (171) each claimed third-place honors.

Juneau-Douglas' Jake Mason took fourth-place at 189 pounds.

Look in Monday's edition for more from the Pilot and complete individual results.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com

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