The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the Region V Tournament in Craig this weekend. The girls tournament will begin Friday and the boys will begin Saturday.
The Kayhi boys have won 11 straight region tournamentsand hope to keep the streak alive.
“We’re hoping to win again and get out twelfth consecutive title,”said Collins.
Every team in Southeast will be competing in the girls tournament. For the boys they will be divided into their divisions. Kayhi boys are Division 1 and will compete against the new combined Juneau team.
Five of Kayhi’s 11 Region Champs graduated and Coach Collins said that Regions will be a tough tournament for the boys and that Juneau has a club team and gets way more matches than Kayhi does.
“That makes it an uphill battle and makes this tournament really close,”said Collins.
Senior Sully Schulz will compete in his last ever regional tournament this weekend but is ready to compete and is confident going into this tournament.
“I’m sad it’s all coming to an end, but I need to stay focused and ready to wrestle,” said Schulz. “I already have a bye to the finals, since I am the first seed. I’m confident I’ll do well and come home with the bracket.”
Schulz said he believes Kayhi will win their twelfth Region title but it will be a tight tournament since 5 of Kayhi’s 11 Regions champs graduated last year.
“I feel confident that we will win but it will be a close one, closer than usual,” said Schulz.“The team really has to show up this weekend if we really want to win. We have to want it.”
Defending state champ Ruby Massin and Kayhi sophomore Hayley Gilson were both in the 135 weight class at the start of the season. Gilson best Massin every match this season. Two weeks ago Massin dropped down a weight class.
Gilson said she is excited for Regions but is keeping her emotions under control and staying focused.
“I’m ready for regions but I have had a couple set backs these last couple weeks,” said Gilson.
Girls will begin wrestling tonight at 5 p.m. and boys will begin Saturday at 9 a.m.