Kayhi Kings returned home from regions with its twelfth consecutive region title. Senior Sully Schulz and Sophomore Kollin Houthoofd came in clutch and saved the title for the boys. However the Lady Kings came up short to Edgecumbe.
“I’m really proud of the boys, but at the same time I feel like we could have gotten a few more matches,” said Coach Rick Collins. “The the girls had an epic run, in the finals they had a couple bad matches that were hard to digest, but we will just get to work this week and that will fuel us for the state tournament.”
Kings scored a total of 201 points, only 18 points more Juneau. This years regions tournament was a lot closer than previous years, in 2018 the Kings beat Juneau by 80 points. The boys had a total of 6 region champions, and will have 17 wrestlers compete in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage.
Kayhi Lady Kings had 6 of their 8 wrestlers compete in the finals but however none of them ended up winning but they did qualify for state. The girls fell short to Edgecumbe by 49 points.
Collins said that the girls team had a good run this year and has been growing the past couple years and he believes they will win next year.
“I believe we were the better team but Edgecumbe just had more people there, they had about 13 girls entered and they just filled all the weight classes and some we did not have girls in so they automatically won those.”
Senior Sully Schulz had only one match in the tournament since he was seeded first and had an automatic bye to the finals. Schulz had three people in his weight class and one of them being one of his own teammates.
Schulz was not expecting to wrestle a kid from Juneau and when he found out it threw him off. He had never beaten a wrestler from Juneau before in his high school career.
“I was nervous,” said Sully. “I didn’t want to lose, I always choke against Juneau.”
Sophomore Hayley Gilson had a perfect record in her weight class until the finals match at regions. Gilson was expected to win but came up short.
“I didn’t wrestle to my potential at all,” said Gilson. “That was probably my worst match I’ve ever wrestled but that just pushes me more to win the state title.”
Kayhi 1st place wrestlers:
Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
103-Louissee Bueno (Girls)
112-Autumn Elsner (Girls)
119-Ruby McCue (Girls)
125-Ada Odden (Girls)
130-Hayley Gilson (Girls)
160-Makena Johansen (Girls)
Mt. Edgecumbe 130