Staff Writer/Olivia Berg
The Kayhi wrestling team hosted the Bill Weiss tournament this weekend. Sitka, Petersburg, Craig, Wrangell, and Edgecumb wrestling teams all attended.
Andy Collins took first place in his weight class of 160lbs this weekend, making it his second Bill Weiss win of his career.
Collin’s Wrestled Ryan Rooney of Wrangell in the Finals. Collin’s had lost to Rooney this whole season but came out on top with the win on his seinor night.
“I had a tough semi finals match against Timber Patten (Craig),” said Collins. “I made it to the finals and had another tough match against Ryan Rooney but managed to hold on and win 9-4 with no pin.”
Collins has been watching this tournament since 2008, and this was his fourth year participating as a wrestler.
“I would walk down the hill from swimming lessons and watch the older kids wrestle,” said Collins. “In elementary and middle school I was a towel boy for the tournament and my job was to hit the ref to make sure they knew when the time was up.”
Charlie Blair said he prefers to wrestle at home rather than traveling to other schools for tournaments.
“We run a good tournament. We have three mats and good refs,” said Blair. “I like it because we have our home crowd and I get to sleep in my own bed.”
Collins said it’s a lot more comforting wrestling here because his family can come and support him.
“My dad is with me on every wrestling trip because he is my coach,” said Collins. “But when we wrestle at home, my grandparents, mom and brother get to come watch.”
The Kayhi Kings took first this weekend at the tournament and are looking forward to wrestling at home again for their region tournament in May.