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The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team fared well Thursday evening in its first meet against large Anchorage schools in nearly three years.
Despite forfeiting in two weight classes - which gave their opponents an extra 12 points from the start - the Crimson Bears defeated host Dimond 36-33 and lost to Service by just six points, 37-31.
"Man for man, we beat those guys," Juneau coach Bob Mahon said this morning.
Skyview - which did not face Juneau - finished first at the four-team tournament with wins over Service (40-34) and Dimond (36-35).
Skyview is ranked third in the state among Class 4A teams in the Dec. 3 state wrestling poll compiled by the Palmer-based Web site alaskawrestling.com. Service is ranked sixth and Dimond also received votes. Juneau-Douglas is not ranked and did not receive any votes in the poll.
A number of Crimson Bear wrestlers had success Thursday. Jake Ritter beat his Dimond opponent in the 189-pound weight class in Juneau's first dual meet, then jumped up into the 215-pound class against Service and won again later in the evening.
Isaac Cadiente, Sungie Musarra and David Liliedahl also went undefeated on Thursday. Mahon said Cody Wolf pinned his Dimond opponent just a few seconds into their match; Robert Vicario pinned his Service opponent at 189 pounds; and Gerry Carillo won twice, once against Service and also in an exhibition match against a Skyview wrestler.
The Crimson Bears will wrap up their Anchorage trip with the Jerry Palmer Team Tournament, held at Bartlett High School today and Saturday.