The Kayhi Kings Wrestling team came out on top for the 4th straight tournament in the Metlakatla invitational over the weekend. This tournament was not set up with a traditional bracket with weight class winners, but rather a round robin to get everyone more matches. There were no finals, but they did have spotlight matches for the home crowd to enjoy. Each match had one Metlakatla wrestler.
Patrick Rauwolf (11-3), the outstanding wrestler in the Bill Weiss, was defeated in an exhibition match against a competitor above his weight class.
Brayden Linne (13-0) was sick with the flu forcing him to sit out the tournament, but traveled to cheer on his teammates.
Freshman Brock Thomas (14-6) defeated Kolin Houthoofd (18-3) 4-3 on Saturday in a freshman teammate rivalry, after losing to Houthoofd in the Bill Weiss finals. Thomas’s win in Metlakatla gives him 2 wins to Houthoofd’s 4.
“It felt good, but it is always hard when your hardest match is against your teammate and friend,” Thomas said.
Coach Rick Collins was very impressed with Thomas’s performance, as well as the rest of the team.
“He continues to improve and impress me, they are a very good matchup,” said Collins.
“We won by far the majority of our matches, and a number of kids went undefeated over the weekend. Most of the guys stood out to me. We really have a really solid team.”
The Kings will compete in the Lancer Invitational (Anchorage) in two weeks.
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