The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the regional tournament in Juneau this weekend. The Kings have won 10 region V tournaments in a row, and hope to continue the streak. The Kings will compete against Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain for the title. Senior Patrick Rauwolf (ranked 3rd in state) believes that he will be able to take first in his weight class, despite his loss in the finals last year.
“I did lose last year, but I am much more confident,” Rauwolf said. “I really only have a few easy matches to win my weight class.”
Senior Brayden Linne (ranked 1st in state) was named the most outstanding wrestler last year for the second time in a row.
“I think Ketchikan is going to dominate,” Linne said. “I think I will win my weight class, and our team will win the tournament. The regions tournament is pretty easy for us to win, and you can see that in the last 10 years.”
Coach Rick Collins has high hopes for Brayden Linne.
“He is definitely outstanding. In my mind he should win the region tournament, and will be a state champ this year”
Coach Collins said that Brayden has been dealing with an injury since the Lancer Smith.
“He’s been going some light wrestling, but hasn’t been going 100% due to the injury. He is not getting full reps, so I am worried about that. I expect him to win a state title reasonably easy this year. The ankle injury will make it a little bit harder.”
Collins believes that the team will win the regional tournament.
“I certainly expect us to win regions,” Coach Collins said. “JD and Thunder Mountain are combined, and they definitely could be better. We’ve got 6 guys that are expected to be seeded and placers at the state tournament. I would expect all 6 of those guys to do extremely well in the region tournament.”
Senior Brandon Weiber (ranked 3rd at state), a 2x regional champ, believes he can win this tournament easily.
“I think I will win my 3rd straight regional title this weekend,” Wieber said. “Although the competition in my weight class is decent, I believe I can take it easily.”
Junior Sullivan Schultz, who took 2nd in regions last year, has a tough road to first place.
“I believe I will go to the finals. Taking first will be difficult, because of how hard my opponent is, but I believe if I work hard I can win”