The Kayhi Kings won the Bill Weiss Tournament this weekend and had more bracket winners than any other schools who competed.
Junior Charles Blair took another win this weekend in the 140 pound weight class continuing his winning streak. Blair was happy to have won in front of his community.
“I feel really good about winning at home in front of all of the fans. It was cool to see a good turn out for the finals. My favorite part was getting to wrestle Glen Allen kids and winning in front of my friends and family.” said Charles Blair.
Sophomore Degan Linne who placed first in the 119 weight class this weekend is undefeated so far this season. Linne is proud of himself and looks forward to the rest of the season.
“I feel great about winning the Bill Weiss, only more good things to come. I feel relieved to remain undefeated and to wrestle and win in front of my town,” said Linne.
Junior Andrew Collins wrestled hard but came up short to last years state champion Hunter Wiederspohn.
“Getting second is going to make me look at my mistakes, change them, move on and just use that match as a learning experience,” said Collins.
Coach Collins said that the weekend was very tough for some kids but it was a good experience and a good eye opener to the more difficult tournament next weekend.
“Some guys had a tough weight class,” said Collins. “Overall I think we did great, we have a young team, there’s some match situations that we could have done better, but I was very happy with the weekend.”
119- Degan Linne placed 1st 140- Charles Blair placed 1st 135- Brock Thomas placed 1st 152- Andy Collins placed 2nd 171- Sully Shultz placed 2nd
Despite the crushing disqualification of the men’s relay, 7 members of the Kayhi Swim and Dive team qualified for the state tournament last weekend during the regional meet in Juneau. Amongst those who qualified were seniors: Laura Sherrill (200 IM and 100 fly), Bryce Mattson (100 fly and 100 backstroke), Emma Campbell (200 freestyle), and Caity Pearson (Diving), juniors: Emily Bolling (Diving) and Jenna Smith (Diving), and freshman: Larry Kuharich (500 Freestyle). Although he didn’t qualify for state, senior Tyler Merle said he is extremely proud of the team. “I went into the region meet thinking that our relay team would qualify and I’d be traveling to state for the first time.” Merle said. “Sadly that wasn’t the case, we were disqualified for a false start. On the other hand, I am extremely proud of my teammates that made it and I wish them the best luck without me at the state meet.” Along with the 7 state qualifiers, the team earned the sportsmanship award. On Wednesday the team will leave for the state meet at Bartlett Highschool.
The Lady Kings are heading to Metlakatla this weekend to play their last set of games before the Region Tournament in Juneau. Junior Zoe Rouleau is hoping to win these games before heading to regions next week.
“This weekend in Met of course the end goal is to get a win, we’re mainly focused on playing as a team and getting a feel of how we’re going to play at regions,” said Rouleau.
Kayhi will be hosting the Bill Weiss Tournament this weekend, their only home meet of the season. Bill Weiss is a three day tournament, starting with duals on Thursday, round robin on Friday, then brackets on Saturday.
The Bill Weiss is the biggest tournament in Southeast. Every team in Southeast will be here along with Glenallen traveling down from up north. Glenallen is ranked No. 1 in the state for division two.
“I’m excited, they’re really gonna test our team and help prepare us more for Lancer and state,” said junior Charlie Blair.
Kayhi will be honoring five seniors this weekend. Captain Sully Schulz is one of those seniors and hopes to have a good send off.
“I just really wanna make the finals,” said Schulz. “That’s like number one on my mind right now. It’s gonna be sad but I don’t think I’ll break down but I’m definitely not going to like leaving.”
Schedule Thursday- 4:30 p.m. – Final Match Friday- 4:30 p.m. – Final Match Saturday- 10:30 a.m. – Final Match Finals – 6 p.m.
Seniors Sully Schulz Chris Harris Caden Thomas Katlian Blankenship Vincent Trujillo
Hayley Gilson started her Kayhi wrestling career by winning a region championship and finishing 6th at state her freshman year. Year two started even better; she is 8-2 overall and 8-0 in her weight class. She beat last year’s state champ twice in Wrangell the first week of the season.
“Hayley has worked very hard,” coach Rick Collins said. “She went to some wrestling with Team Alaska. She just takes it very seriously.”
Gilson spent the whole month of June training this past summer with Team Alaska. The season started out in Chugiak right after school got out. She trained there with over 100 wrestlers with ages ranging from 8-18.
After training for a week and a half, Gilson along with 17 others from Alaska traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in a tournament that consisted of team duals.
“Hayley seems to really be on a mission,” said Collins. “I just expect great things from Hayley this year.”
Girls wrestling is a relatively new program to Kayhi these past four years. In the previous years they would have one or two girl wrestlers. For meets the girls would be intertwined together with the boys.
“We started about the same time as everyone else about 3 years ago,” said Coach Collins
In 2015 ASAA finally made an all girls state tournament 4 years ago. In years past girls would compete with the boys at regions to go to state; girls would rarely go to state due to the fact that the boys were just better usually, but not always. Now that we have an all girls team the girls do not have to wrestle the boys anymore and they have had more girls try out for the team.
“Our program has built that way up with better numbers than in the past. We have 10 girls now, very significant because we used to have only one,” said Coach Collins.
Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves have clenched the region title for the past 3 years. Edgecumbe has about 20 more wrestlers than us. They fill the weight classes, unlike us. Captain Sully Shulz said our team would definitely have a shot at regions if we had more girls.
The Kayhi wrestling team won at the Haines Invitational Tournament this weekend. Coach Rick Collins said the team did good overall especially with the conditions and is happy with getting a big win before going into the Bill Weiss Tournament.
“We continue to improve and overcome adversity, but saw great improvement in more areas that we need to improve on,” said Coach Rick Collins.
While suffering a big loss to Nick Tipton last year at the Region V Tournament, senior captain Sully Shultz was looking to redeem himself but fell short of three matches to Tipton this weekend.
“Base line is that I need to work harder on bottom, I got in on so many shots on Nick and didn’t finish and rode bottom the entire match. I am dropping a weight class down for Bill Weiss and I’ll see how I do down there,” said Sully Shultz.
Junior Charles Blair has started his wrestling season with a record of 10-0 and is very happy with his wrestling so far.
“It really feels good representing Kayhi by winning matches and improving my wrestling skills,” said Blair.
Coach Collins is ready for this upcoming weekend of wrestling and is trying to overcome the lack of practices that the team has gotten due to traveling.
“This is a tough week for us, but we will be ready to roll and have a great home event,” said Collins.
The Lady Kings lost both Friday and Saturday night to the Lady Wolves. The Lady Kings fell 0-3 on both nights, on Friday night (28-26, 25-16, 25-7) and on Saturday night (25-12, 25-16, 25-16). It was the Kings last home games of the season. Although the Kings lost senior Erika Rauwolf is thankful for the experience she has had and for the support she received.
“It was a great weekend, I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to play for my school and to have the support that I had on senior night by my friends and family was truly a blessing,” said Rauwolf. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
The Lady Kings are two weeks away from heading into the Region tournament in Juneau.