The Kayhi Lady Kings wrestling team had their first ever first place winner in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament. Hayley Gilson (25-3, undefeated in her weight class) took first beating Jaron Mute of Bethel 5-3. Fellow sophomore Ada Odden finished second losing 4-3 to Sadie Blake of Homer. Together Gilson and Odden went 8-1 with seven pins .
Head Coach Rick Collins said he is proud of the lady’s performance this weekend.
“The ladies had a great weekend.” Collins said. “They all worked real hard, and we came out with our first ever Lancer Smith champion. Ada had a rough match in the finals, but I think she’s more than capable of beating her in the state tournament come December.”
The boys varsity team did not perform as well. Amongst all 15 weight classes the boys had only one place taker, junior captain Andy Collins (19-6) who took 5th in the 152 pound weight class. Collins said he wishes he went into this tournament with a different mindset.
“If I could go back and change something about this weekend it would be my mindset,” said Collins. “I underestimated the 3rd and 4th seed and I suffered for it, definitely wish I could have a do over on those 2 matches.”
Captain Charlie Blair (18-2) said that everyone didn’t have the right mindset this weekend.
“Everybody just looked shocked this weekend,” said Blair. “I don’t know if it’s because of the mere size of the tournament or lack of rest, but on Friday our team did not look ready to wrestle. I’m hoping by the state tournament we’ve all got our heads in the right place.”
Both teams will travel to Sitka this Thursday and will wrestle Friday and Saturday.