ACS wins 1A-2A-3A state title

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2003

Bobby Dunbar of Anchorage Christian Schools pinned Kotzebue's Almond Shield in the 215-pound championship match, giving the tournament host ACS Lions enough points to win the Class 1A-2A-3A state wrestling championship on Saturday night.

The victory, plus the pin points, helped ACS break a tie with Nikiski as the Lions won the team title 139-133. The Petersburg Vikings took third place with 120.5 points, followed by Dillingham with 112.5 and Kotzebue with 104.

Besides Petersburg, the other Southeast teams to score included the Wrangell Wolves in 10th place with 67 points, the Mount Edgecumbe Braves in 11th place with 66, the Craig Panthers in a tie for 15th place with 28.5 and the Hydaburg Warriors in a tie for 17th place with 26 points.

Bethel's Gilbert McIntyre won the meet's outstanding wrestler award after winning the 130-pound championship.

Southeast wrestlers winning state titles were Neil Jenny of Petersburg at 145 pounds, Jake Mork of Wrangell at 160, Petersburg's Victor Jenny at 171 and Curtis Demmert of Hydaburg at 189 pounds.

Neil Jenny needed overtime to claim a 4-3 decision over Sam Carney of Mount Edgecumbe in an all-Southeast final at 145 pounds. Demmert claimed a 4-1 decision over Cliff Shellabarger of Mount Edgecumbe in another all-Southeast final at 189 pounds.

Mork won the 160-pound title with a 7-5 decision over Bethel's Sterling Rearden, while Victor Jenny claimed a 14-8 decision over Logan Dodd of Valdez at 171 pounds.

Wrangell's Harry Churchill failed in his bid to repeat as champion at 140 pounds, losing a 3-2 decision to Alex McMahon of Glennallen in the only other championship match involving a Southeast wrestler.

Results and photos will run in the Empire sports section later this week.

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