The Kayhi Kings wrestling team took first for the 11th straight regional tournament. Kayhi had 10 region champions. Senior Matthew Rodriguez was selected as the most outstanding wrestler, and took first in his weight class.
“I feel that I did very well,” Rodriguez said. “I had a super close match in the finals, but it feels great to come out on top. I think I had a great weekend.”
Senior Patrick Rauwolf, defeated Kayhi’s own Kollin Houthoofd by dec. 5-2, and felt great after finally winning a region tournament.
“It feels great to take first in my weight class,” Rauwolf said. “After three years of losing in the finals, I finally pulled off a win.”
Brayden Linne was relieved that his ankle injury didn’t affect his performance.
“I was a little bit worried about how my ankle would affect my matches, but I was just fine,” Linne said. “I am really looking forward to the state tournament. I think I have a good chance of being a state champion this year.”
Senior Brandon Weiber went in to the Region V tournament with a winning mindset.
“I went into regions being very confident,” Weiber said. “Mindset is huge when you are going into a big tournament. I told myself I was going to win, and thats what happened.”
Next weekend, 17 wrestlers will travel to Anchorage to compete in the state tournament.
Patrick Rauwolf (119)
Kai Biagi (112)
Brayden Linne (145)
Carson Cowan (160)
Richard Stuart (152)
Matthew Rodriguez (125)
Degan Linne (103)
Ada Odden (125)
Brandon Wieber (189)
Charlie Blair (130)
Louisse Bueno (103)
Andy Collins (140)
Hayley Gilson (135)
Kollin Houthoofd (119)
Conor Ray (160)
Benjamin Tabb (135)
Brock Thomas (130)