The Ketchikan Kings retained the Region V high school wrestling crown for the fourth straight year with a 21-point victory over the favored Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears late Saturday night at Ketchikan High School.
Ketchikan scored 249 points to claim the team title, followed by Juneau in second place with 228 and Petersburg third with 208. Wrangell had 145 points, followed by Hoonah with 75 and Sitka with 67.5 points for sixth place. Klawock, Kake, Mount Edgecumbe and Hydaburg rounded out the top-10 teams in the 14-team tournament.
In past years, there were separate Region V tournaments for the Class 4A level (Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka) and the combined Class 2A-3A level (all the other Southeast teams).
But this year's unclassified split-season format brought the classifications back to the same meet for the first time since the 1984-85 school year. Ketchikan was the top Class 4A team this year, while Petersburg was the top Class 3A team and Hoonah was the top Class 2A squad in the field.
Since Ketchikan won the first region title of its current streak by 12 points over Juneau three years ago, Juneau had progressively closed the gap with a six-point loss two years ago and a three-point decision last year.
Juneau was favored to break Ketchikan's region-title winning streak because the Crimson Bears beat Ketchikan 197 points to 155.5 in Juneau's Thanksgiving Classic tournament three weeks ago. But Petersburg and Sitka didn't send teams to that tournament, which featured most of the other top Southeast wrestlers.
Juneau and Ketchikan both claimed four individual region titles, with Wrangell claiming three championships and the trio of Petersburg, Sitka and Klawock winning one title each. Petersburg's Mike Nilsen, who won the 140-pound championship, was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler. Wrangell won the team sportsmanship award.
The Crimson Bears sent the most wrestlers into the championship finals, with eight having a chance to earn a title. Ketchikan sent seven to the final round, followed by Petersburg with six, Wrangell with three, and Sitka and Klawock with two each. The top six finishers in each weight class qualify for the fall season state tournament Dec. 14-16 at Kenai Central High School.
Juneau won the championships of the first four weight classes -- with Vern Perry beating Ketchikan's Matt Jones at 103 pounds, Anthony Manacio IV beating Klawock's Chris Schnur at 112, Patrick Carrillo beating teammate Willy Dodd at 119 and Anthony Manacio III pinning Petersburg's Kevin Thynes at 125. (No championship match scores were available for the 103-, 112- and 119-pound finals.)
But Wrangell wrestlers kept the other three Juneau finalists from winning as all three of the Wolves' titles came over Crimson Bears. Juneau sophomore Jestin Hulegaard was upset by Wrangell freshman Harry Churchill 15-5 at 130 pounds, Brian Thatcher lost a 4-2 decision to Wrangell's Alec Pempek at 171 and Jerrod Harvey lost a 13-4 major decision to Wrangell's Matt Nore at 215 pounds.
Ketchikan picked up its four titles as Joey Fama won an 8-7 decision over Sitka's David Gauthier at 135 pounds, Stephen Haseltine won a 1-0 decision over Petersburg's Ian Williams at 145, Geoff Nordlund pinned Petersburg's Joey Boggs at 160 and heavyweight Matt Hamilton pinned Petersburg's Joel Greene at 275 pounds.
The meet's other titles were won by Petersburg's Mike Nilsen with an 11-4 decision over Ketchikan's Travis Johnson at 140 pounds, Klawock's Craig Wallace with an 11-2 major decision over Ketchikan's Tom Grass at 152 and by Sitka's Darren LaDuke with a 9-5 decision over Petersburg's Kory Reimer at 189 pounds.
REGION V WRESTLING
Results from the Region V wrestling championships Dec. 8-9 at Ketchikan High School. The top six finishers in each weight class qualify for the fall season state tournament Dec. 14-16 at Kenai Central High School.
Final team scores -- 1. Ketchikan, 249 points; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 228; 3. Petersburg, 208; 4. Wrangell, 145; 5. Hoonah, 75; 6. Sitka, 67.5; 7. Klawock, 44; 8. Kake, 28; 9. Mount Edgecumbe, 24.5; 10. Hydaburg, 19; 11. Craig, 12; 12. Angoon, 3; 13. tie, Skagway and Naukati, 0.
Outstanding wrestler -- Mike Nilsen, Petersburg, 140-pound champion.
Team sportsmanship award -- Wrangell Wolves.
Classification champions -- Class 4A: Ketchikan Kings. Class 3A: Petersburg Vikings. Class 2A: Hoonah Braves.
103 pounds -- Vernon Perry (Juneau) over Matt Jones (Ketchikan), score not available. 112 -- Anthony Manacio IV (Juneau) over Chris Schnur (Klawock), score not available. 119 -- Patrick Carrillo (Juneau) over Willy Dodd (Juneau), score not available. 125 -- Anthony Manacio III (Juneau) pin. Kevin Thynes (Petersburg), round not available. 130 -- Harry Churchill (Wrangell) maj. dec. Jestin Hulegaard (Juneau), 15-5. 135 -- Joey Fama (Ketchikan) dec. David Gauthier (Sitka), 8-7. 140 -- Mike Nilsen (Petersburg) dec. Travis Johnson (Ketchikan), 11-4. 145 -- Stephen Haseltine (Ketchikan) dec. Ian Williams (Petersburg), 1-0. 152 -- Craig Wallace (Klawock) maj. dec. Tom Grass (Ketchikan), 11-2. 160 -- Geoff Nordlund (Ketchikan) pin. Joey Boggs (Petersburg), first round. 171 -- Alec Pempek (Wrangell) dec. Brian Thatcher (Juneau), 4-2. 189 -- Darren LaDuke (Sitka) dec. Kory Reimer (Petersburg), 9-5. 215 -- Matt Nore (Wrangell) maj. dec. Jerrod Harvey (Juneau), 13-4. 275 -- Matt Hamilton (Ketchikan) pin. Joel Greene (Petersburg), round not available.
(third-fourth place matches)
103 pounds -- Brandon Wright (Hoonah) dec. Mark Peterman (Wrangell), 7-3. 112 -- Jes Boyd (Ketchikan) dec. Cameron Mitchell (Juneau), 8-5. 119 -- Richie Deaver (Petersburg) dec. Jake Oyler (Petersburg), 10-6. 125 -- Justin Carlson (Sitka) dec. Anthony Manacio V (Juneau), 3-2. 130 -- David Liliedahl (Juneau) pin. Kyle Anderson (Kake), round not available. 135 -- Dalton Bergman (Sitka) dec. Jack Carney (Mount Edgecumbe), 10-6. 140 -- Matt Haseltine (Ketchikan) dec. Isaac Cadiente (Juneau), 8-6. 145 -- Jim Smith (Petersburg) maj. dec. Dillon Callahan (Juneau), 10-0. 152 -- Jimmy Refuerzo (Hoonah) dec. Victor Jenny (Petersburg), 9-3. 160 -- Greg Brown (Juneau) dec. Kenny Bartlett (Hoonah), 4-2. 171 -- Jay Fulk (Ketchikan) dec. Drew Ware (Petersburg), 6-3. 189 -- Mike James (Kake) dec. Nick Conley (Ketchikan), 6-1. 215 -- Justin Rasmussen (Juneau) dec. Geoff Hall (Petersburg), 3-2. 275 -- Robert Vicario (Juneau) pin. Reme Privett (Wrangell), round not available.
Fifth-sixth place matches
103 pounds -- Dan McCay (Petersburg) dec. David Mann (Ketchikan), 9-2. 112 -- Josh Garrison (Wrangell) pin. Richie Whitson (Sitka), round not available. 119 -- Conner Mahoskey (Sitka) dec. Mark Anglin (Ketchikan), 12-8. 125 -- Dan Cook (Ketchikan) dec. Zane Johnson (Ketchikan), 10-8. 130 -- Zach Thompson (Ketchikan) dec. Ron Hall (Petersburg), 6-1. 135 -- Ivan Butron (Petersburg) over Randy Gloko (Mount Edgecumbe), default. 140 -- Jack Marsh (Petersburg) dec. Reid Dihle (Juneau), 4-1. 145 -- Jamal Travis (Hydaburg) over Loren Bettridge (Hoonah), forfeit. 152 -- Nyle Thomas (Petersburg) dec. Cody Roberts (Wrangell), 4-2. 160 -- Dave Evens (Petersburg) over Tim Demmert (Klawock), forfeit. 171 -- Kyle Hardin (Petersburg) maj. dec. Jarret Brown (Hoonah), 15-1. 189 -- Jonathan Moore (Juneau) over Brian McKloskey (Wrangell), forfeit. 215 -- Adam Minshall (Ketchikan) dec. Ryan Savage (Craig), 10-8. 275 -- Sven Westergard (Ketchikan) maj. dec. Garrett Gablehouse (Wrangell), 9-1.