Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
The Kayhi varsity wrestling team placed ninth with 82 points at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Nineteen returning state champions were at the tournament, and over 1,000 wrestlers participated.
Kayhi junior Matthew Rodriguez said that even though he didn’t place in the tournament, it was a good learning experience and opportunity to scope out his competition for the year.
“I lost to the second and third best wrestlers in the state at 120, and won my first match to someone from South Anchorage,” said Rodriguez. “I can definitely feel myself getting better each match and am quickly re-leaning the muscle-memory I had last year.”
Kayhi senior Max Collins said he was proud of how well the team did in the duals.
“Everybody really stepped up during the duals in Wasilla. They did an excellent job, it was pretty great,” said Collins. “We won against a highly ranked wrestling team 34-33, and a lot of people had some great matches.”
The Kayhi JV wrestlers took second at the Klawock Round Robin tournament with 91 points total. First year wrestler, junior Jaret Warstler, said this was a great first trip for him.
“It was a real struggle for me because I didn’t have as much technique as all the other wrestlers, and I couldn’t figure out when to do a move on them,” said Warstler. “But considering that I’ve only had three weeks of practice, it went really well. It was definitely a good learning experience for me and gave me a good idea of the things I need to work on.”
Klawock 2nd place wrestlers:
Devin Dalin – 160
Chris Smith – 160B