Wrestlers 8th at Lancer Smith

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings Wrestling team placed 8th out of 39 teams in the Lancer Smith Invitational in Anchorage over the weekend. South Anchorage won the tournament with a score of 268, followed by Colony (219.5). Kayhi also lost the duel matches against Wasilla. Four wrestlers placed in the varsity bracket, and two placed in the JV tournament.
Senior Brayden Linne sprained his ankle during the duel matches on Thursday, and was not able to compete in the rest of the tournament.
“It was disappointing to not be able to wrestle in the tournament,” said Linne. “I should be able to wrestle in three weeks, hopefully in time for the region tournament.”
Senior Patrick Rauwolf (19-5) placed 4th in the 119 weight class, but feels he could have done better.
“Although I placed the highest on the team, I could have done better,” Rauwolf said. “It was pretty disappointing when I lost the 3rd and 4th match by two. I know when state rolls around I will perform much better.”
Senior Matthew Rodriguez (21-3), who placed 5th in the 125 weight class, feels he did a great job at the tournament.
“I think I performed very well in the Lancer,” said Rodriguez. “I think I have a really good shot at taking state this year, despite my struggles last year. The top 6 people in my weight class all have had 1-2 point matches, so it will be exciting to see who wins it all.”
Andy Collins (24-5) placed 5th place in the 140 pound weight class, defeating Wayne Newman (27-4) of Homer high school by a forfeit. Degan Linne (26-5) placed 5th in the 103 weight class, pinning Lathrop’s Andrew KIllian-Dalrymple in 3:54.
Two wrestlers placed in the JV tournament. Kollin Houthoofd placed second in the 119 weight class, getting pinned in 2:04 by Tyler Foss of Wasilla. Brock Thomas (4th place) knows what he needs to work on to be competitive at state.
“I feel that I did my best,” said Thomas. “But I know what I know what I need to work on before I go to state. The guys in my weight class are competitive, and it’s going to be a challenge for sure.”

Top Teams:
South Anchorage- 268
Colony- 219.5
Lathrop- 183
Wasilla- `139
Bethel- 97.5

Placing Kayhi Wrestlers:
Patrick Rouwolf (12) – 4th
Matthew Rodriguez (12) – 5th
Andy Collins (10) – 5th
Degan Linne (9) – 5th
Kollin Houthoofd (9) – 2nd (JV)
Brock Thomas (9) – 4th (JV)




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