Category Archives: Wrestling

Wrestling First in Wrangell

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team placed first in the Tom Sims Invitational in Wrangell last weekend.
“Overall it went really well,” said coach Rick Collins. “Especially for the beginning of the season.”
Five Kayhi wrestlers took first in their weight class, and four took second. The team won the tournament with 210 points, beating the closest team by almost 100 points.
Junior Patrick Rauwolf said the team’s first tournament was a success. “Wrestling up a weight class was nice because I didn’t have to cut weight,” said Rauwolf. “The weekend went well, I got first place, and overall the team did really good.”


1st Place
120 – Patrick Rauwolf
126 – Andy Collins
132 – Mark Jasper
138 – Brayden Linne
285 – Joey Rhoads

2nd Place
98/106 – Cassie Stout
126 – Charlie Blair
152 – Max Collins
170 – Brandon Weiber

Kayhi Wrestling Heads to Wrangell

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team will travel to Wrangell to compete in their first meet of the season on Friday. The Tom Sims Invitational Tournament will be double-elimination, and all of Southeast Alaska will participate.
Head coach Rick Collins said he’s excited for all of the potential the freshmen have shown. There will be nine freshmen competing in the first tournament of their high school career.
“There’s some good talent in that group,” said Collins. “Some of them haven’t been wrestling that long, but they’re working hard in practice and I’m really pleased with them.”
Senior Justin Albecker is looking forward to the team’s first tournament of the season.
“The first trip is always the most fun, you get a lot of matches,” said Albecker. “I’m going 145, I feel it’ll be a good weight. There’s a lot of kids in 145, there always is, but I don’t have to cut any weight so that’s good.”
Collins said that this tournament will be a good opportunity to see where the team is talent-wise, and will set a good tone for how the rest of the season should unfold.


Kayhi Wrestling Starts Today

Rose Kacenas and Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

Kayhi wrestling season starts today. Coach Rick Collins said that the team this year looks better than it ever has, holding the largest amount of seniors ever.
“We should have the best team we’ve had in school history, it’s a pretty amazing group.”
Drop-ins also gave the team a chance to practice working with each other before the season actually started, and let them figure out what they wanted to work on improving. Collins said that they get to focus on working on things they feel they need to, and getting their bodies ready for the season.
The team has about six wrestlers that, to Collins, will potentially do really well at the state tournament this year.
“There are six, maybe even seven guys, that if they ended up in the finals, I would not at all be surprised, and I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that before.”
Although the team is looking strong, there are a few wrestlers who are injured from previous sports. Senior Vince Tenebro who suffered from a leg injury last spring hopes to be healed by November. Tenebro could not participate in drop-ins and said that they are helpful in preparing the other wrestlers for the season.
“It helps quite a bit, just getting back in shape and working on form, because we don’t wrestle year-round like some other places.”
Senior Justin Albecker agreed that the team is as stacked as it’s ever been and is bound for state titles this year. Albecker said that other sports prepare him for the upcoming season, and that Coach Collins’ motivation drives him to work his hardest.
“During summer I grind to get in shape for wrestling, and it’s senior year- you always do your best your senior year,” said Albecker. “ I haven’t made it to state, yet, in my high school career, but I believe that this is the year I’m going to be able to do it.”

Kayhi Returns 18 of 20 State qualifiers, 9 of 11 Region Champs

“There is an expectation around here to win the region team title, advance as many wrestlers as we can to the state tournament,” Collins said.
Winning the 2017 Region V Title this year would be Kayhi’s 10th straight title. Collins also has bigger achievements in mind.
“We have an outside shot at winning the state title if we can hold our team together. Which would be pretty incredible considering that wrestling is a numbers game.” said Collins. “Coming from one of the smallest 4A schools it is really hard for us to qualify as many wrestlers to the state tournament as all of the up north teams are able to do. I am hoping for somewhere in the top 3 as a team.”
A lot of the wrestlers have been getting physically conditioned and mentally ready for the season whether it was working out, changing their eating habits, or participating in drop-ins. This year’s team has high expectations and it will be an exciting group to watch.
Kayhi is returning 9 of 11 Region V Champions and 18 of 20 State qualifiers. Among those is State Champion Matt Rodriguez, Region V Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Brayden Linne, and 3 time Region Champion Max Collins.
“I have never lost a match in any Region V event. I don’t really feel the pressure when it is a region event as much as up in state,” said Max. “I feel like people expect me to win because it is something I deserve from all of my hard work. Nothing is guaranteed in the sport of wrestling. I have to go all out because I have nothing to lose.”

2016 Region Champions:

Connor McCormick *  98,  Matthew Rodriguez  106  Vince Tenebrous 113, Brayden Linne 120, Sean Tavares 126, Troy Harris 132, Tim Rodriguez * 138, Max Collins 145, Grant Collins 152, Brandon Weiber 170, Cameron Harris 182
* = Graduates 

Dodgeball Weekend

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team had its first Dodgeball tournament last weekend and racked up a lot of success, raising over $1,500 total. Teams were charged with a $50 participation fee and spectators were charged a $2 entrance fee.
           There were over 10 teams that participated including three middle school teams and one all girl team.  Blizz Inc. was the team that made it in the record books with their team taking home the inaugural trophy. Assistant coach Greg Karlik is hoping to keep this fundraiser going for as long as possible.
           “Rick, Matt, and I saw a similar version occur over in Craig when the middle school team was wrestling there this year,” said Karlik. “We hope to keep this thing going for as long as possible. We may have to tweak some things like smaller things or fine tuning the rules but it turned out to be a great fundraiser that we don’t mind doing every year.”
           Blizz Inc.’s co-captains Kody Malouf and Justin Albecker loved the idea of a dodgeball league and would love to do it again next year.
           “We loved it all, the intensity, the spotlight introductions, our team name, just all of it,” said Albecker.  “We are hoping to do it again next year.”
            “I would love to have a bigger audience next time, because this thing, I feel like, should start growing over time and love to become repeat champions with more people this time.” said Malouf.

Kayhi wrestling sends 20 to State

Izaak Jensen

Staff Writer

Twenty Kayhi wrestlers will compete in the state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. Weigh-ins begin at 7 a.m. on Friday with matches beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing on Saturday with finals beginning at 6 p.m.
Head coach Rick Collins is confident in his team’s ability to succeed this year and next year.
“I think we have a great team,” Collins said. “The state tournament is a meat grinder, it’s a tough tournament with lots of emotional swings, and ups and downs, but I feel very confident we have a very good team. This team is one of the best ones in school history and it’s a young group. We only have two seniors traveling to state with us so that should make us that much better next year.”
This year is also the first time a girl will travel to the state tournament for wrestling in school history. Freshman Haylee Stewart is wrestling in the 113 weight class in the girls bracket.
“I’m excited to go to state, but I’m also nervous,” Stewart said. “I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard this season so I’m prepared.”
Sophomore Matthew Rodriguez is seeded 1st in state this season and is confident he can win.
“Yeah I’m nervous, but I’m ready. I’ve beat both people that are expected to go to finals with me and I’ve never lost a match at a state tournament in my wrestling career so I’m expecting a good outcome,” Rodriguez said.

Wrestling wins 9th straight Region V title

Izaak Jensen
Staff Writer

The wrestling team won its ninth consecutive region title along with the team sportsmanship award at Mt. Edgecumbe over the weekend. On top of an individual region title, sophomore Brayden Linne was named the Outstanding Wrestler for 4A Southeast Tournament. Haylee Stewart was the first Kayhi wrestler to compete in an All Girls Southeast Wrestling Tournament, she will compete in the All Girls State Tournament.
“Our overall performance was pretty impressive,” said junior Max Collins, who won his third-straight regional title. “We have worked hard all season, so it was nice being able to showcase our abilities at the Region tournament. I’m ready to go to state and compete hard along with my teammates.”
Kayhi had 20 state qualifiers that will compete at the state tournament. Of the 20 state qualifiers, 11 won individual region titles.

Region champions:
Connor McCormick 98
Matthew Rodriguez 106
Vince Tenebro 113
Brayden Linne 120
Sean Tavares 126
Troy Harris 132
Tim Rodriguez 138
Max Collins 145
Grant Collins 152
Brandon Wieber 170
Cameron Harris 182

Kayhi wrestling heads to regions


Izaak Jensen
Staff Writer

Kayhi Wrestlers will compete in the Region V tournament in Sitka on Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. With no tournament last weekend, the team has been practicing for two weeks with no competition.
“I think it’s going to be a close match-up, Juneau has some really talented wrestlers and I think we are in pretty good shape to win a few Region V titles,” said Coach Rick Collins.
Sophomores Matthew Rodriguez (106) and Brayden Linne (120) both hold a record of 19-3, while junior Vince Tenebro (113) holds a record of 13-3. All three are likely to qualify for state again this year.
Junior Max Collins (145, 21-4), a two time region champion, is competing to gain another title.
“I’ve never lost in a region match, so I expect to do very well,” said Max.
Kayhi wrestling has won eight consecutive region titles and is going for the ninth. This weekend’s finalists will compete at the State Tournament held at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage next weekend.