The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team advanced eight wrestlers into the quarterfinals at the fall state wrestling tournament Thursday at Kenai Central High School.
The Crimson Bears' efforts were also good for a fourth-place tie after the first of three days of wrestling action. Skyview, the defending state champion, leads the field with 94.5 team points, while Nikiski is in second with 84.5. Ketchikan is third, with 55 while Juneau and Sitka sit in fourth with 54.5 points. Dillingham was sixth with 50.5 and Petersburg was seventh with 48.5 points.
The eight Crimson Bears who made their way into today's quarterfinal round include Sungie Musarra at 103 pounds, Anthony Manacio IV and Amanda Krafft at 112 pounds, David Liliedahl at 135 pounds, Isaac Cadiente at 140 pounds, Robert Vicario at 189 pounds, Justin Rasmussen at 215 pounds and Jerrod Harvey at 275 pounds.
Manacio and Krafft will wrestle each other today at 112 pounds, guaranteeing Juneau at least one spot in the semifinals. Manacio advanced by claiming major decision victories over Alaska Christian Schools' Judah Allen, 13-2, and Aniak's Brandon Sanbei, 14-1. Krafft, the first female wrestler from Southeast to qualify for state, advanced with a first-round bye and a second-round 12-4 major decision win over Ryan Buen of Valdez.
At 103 pounds, Musarra advanced with bye in the first round, then won by technical fall over Luke Fennell from Homer in the second round. Liliedahl advanced with a pin over Robert Terzijoski of Barrow and a 14-4 major decision over Dan Pete from Stebbins.
Cadiente received a first-round bye then pinned Ryan Nicholson of Dillingham in the second period. Vicario won his first-round match with an 11-0 major decision over Elmer Nolton of Kotzebue, then edged Tino Fosi of Barrow 9-7 to advance into the quarters.
Justin Rasmussen pinned his first two opponents. In the first round, he stuck Ryan Savage of Craig and in the second round he did the same to Delbert Egoak of Bethel. Heavyweight Jerrod Harvey received a first-round bye before pinning Maike Agloinga of Nome in the second round.
Several other Juneau wrestlers came close to advancing and the Bears had only one wrestler eliminated on the first day.
Jake Ritter was Juneau's first-day hard-luck case. He lost his initial match 7-2 to Cody Hultquist of Grace Christian then lost 4-1 to Klawock's Curtis Demmert in the first-round of wrestlebacks.
Juneau wrestlers still alive in wrestlebacks include Logan Harvey at 103 pounds, Willy Dodd at 125 pounds, Buckley Svinicki at 130 pounds, Reid Dihle at 145 pounds, Stephan Perry at 152 pounds, Jonathan Moore at 189 pounds and John Zuniga at 215 pounds.
Fall state wrestling action continues today with Sessions Three and Four, with Session Five and the championship and third-place rounds to be wrestled on Saturday.