The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team advanced to the championship pool of the South Anchorage Duals Tournament on Saturday and took fourth.
JDHS dropped three meets to a trio of Alaska's top wrestling schools in Wasilla, South and Lathrop.
"I thought we did good because even though we didn't place we were in the toughest pool," JDHS wrestler Clinton Clark said. "That's better for me than being in the worst pool and winning. We got the toughest matches we'll get until February.
Juneau-Douglas fell 59-5 to Wasilla, lost 37-9 to South and was defeated 35-27 to Lathrop on Saturday.
"Wasilla is kind of like an all-star team," Clark said. "I thought everyone had to get up a little more, but it wasn't in their home town. South was tough because it was their home crowd."
This weekend also represented the first major team competition for the Crimson Bears. Prior to this weekend, JDHS competed primarily in tournaments where individual wrestlers tried to fight through a bracket.
At South, however, the goal of the tourney was to amass team points through individual victories.
"Tournaments have team points as well, but it's all about the medals," JDHS wrestling Samson Keeney said. "As far as dual meets go, I think it brings us together."
Juneau-Douglas 103-pounder Kyle Foote, 145-pounder Matt Barry and 140-pounder Clinton Clark won two matches each on Saturday.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas won two of three dual meets to advance to Saturday's championship pool.
The Crimson Bears defeated Wasilla's junior varsity 34-33 and beat West Anchorage 33-31. JDHS fell to South Anchorage 54-11.
Juneau-Douglas' Jake Mason won two matches on Friday while Dante Santos and Matt Barry won all three of their Friday bouts.
The Crimson Bears opened their road trip on Thursday with a dual meet against Colony in the Mat-Su valleys.
The two teams engaged in a back and forth battle that resulted in the 30-30 final score. The Knights ended up beating JDHS by virtue of having more pinfall victories.
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