Four of the eight Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers survived to see Saturday action at the 2008 4A State Championships in Chugiak this weekend, but early exits put all eight in the stands for Saturday's finals.
"It's hard to tell against this level of competition, but they wrestled hard and did the best they could," head coach Bob Cox said. "We had a pretty good season."
Senior Bryce Saviers, seeded sixth at 125 pounds, was the final Crimson Bear to be eliminated when he fell to North Pole's Jacob Rahlfs by an 11-6 decision in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday.
"Bryce had some really good matches," Cox said. "He was able to get people on their backs and perform pretty well."
Saviers began his weekend by winning a rematch of the Region V Championships title tilt against Ketchikan's Josh Hahn in the first round, gaining a 13-0 decision. He then surrendered a close match to Service's third-seeded Nick Cropper with an 8-4 decision in the second round to fall to the consolation bracket.
Saviers remained alive in that bracket by pinning Lathrop's unseeded Dominic Kelly during an early match Saturday. The matchup with Rahlfs came next.
Another senior, Kurt Barry, may have had Juneau-Douglas' most exciting match of the weekend on Saturday fighting in the 171-pound weight class. Barry pushed fellow unseeded wrestler Steven Lawson from Skyview into overtime before surrendering the 8-6 decision to be eliminated.
"It was a very, very close match that could have gone either way," Cox said. "Unfortunately, it didn't go Kurt's way and it knocked him out."
Barry won his first match Friday by pinning unseeded Keegan Severns from Lathrop. He then fell to Wassilla's top-seeded Casey Katchinska by pin in the second round to fall into Saturday's consolation bracket and his matchup with Lawson.
Freshman Thomas Riley, seeded sixth at 112 pounds, also a had a heart-breaking finish to his season when a cut on his scalp forced him to surrender his first Saturday match by default to Skyview's fourth-seeded Bryce Wilson.
"They were both going at it really hard early. They shot for each other's legs at the same time, and I guess Wilson's head was just tougher," Cox said. "Cuts on the head always bleed out pretty heavy and he just couldn't finish. It ended up being a one or two-inch cut and he got three staples put in."
Riley dropped his opening match Friday by a 4-2 decision to Kodiak's unseeded Chloe Ivanoff. He stayed alive in the consolation bracket, however, by topping Dimond's unseeded Masa Hu with a 4-1 decision that night. Wilson, and the cut, followed.
Unseeded sophomore Randy Segelhorst lost his first match at 145 pounds to Service's unseeded Forest Martens after a 13-7 decision Friday. Segelhorst received a bye in the first round of consolation matches, but fell in his first match Saturday to Dimond's unseeded Drake McGraw by pin.
Unseeded freshman Wilson Suzuki lost his first match at 103 pounds to Kodiak's unseeded Francis Liorente via an 8-5 decision. Suzuki was then eliminated from the tournament after being pinned by North Pole's unseeded Adam Wood.
Unseeded senior Ben Roemling dropped his first match at 140 to East Anchorage's unseeded Brandon Bahnke after a 14-9 decision. Roemling was then eliminated from the tournament by Colony's unseeded Jess McKee in a 13-0 decision.
Unseeded senior Tony Berril lost his first match at 189 pounds to Colony's fourth-seeded Angelo Bellotte by pin. Berrill was then eliminated after being pinned by Kenai's fifth-seeded Donny Dormady in the consolation bracket.
Unseeded sophomore Heavyweight Cole Bossio lost his opening match to Kodiak's sixth-seeded Anthony Atonio by pin. Bossio was then eliminated by a pin from Bartlett's unseeded Terrell Burke.
Cox and company made the trip to Bartlett High School to check in on the smaller Southeast schools after they were eliminated, and found that the region was also well represented there.
The team will have an awards banquet to officially wrap up their season, but the time and place for the celebration has yet to be determined.
"It would've been nice to have a few more weeks of practice," Cox said. "It didn't work so well for us this year with the (Thanksgiving) break just before the tournaments. There's some talk up here about moving the season so the regional and state tournament's can come after the holiday season."
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