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Wrestling Wins Region V title

Matt Rodriguez wrestles Conor Norman from Thunder Mtn. Photo by. Rosie Kacenas

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team won their tenth consecutive Region V title this weekend. The team scored a total of 203 points. Eleven wrestlers took first in the regional tournament, and 18 will participate in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage. Junior Brayden Linne was named  Most Outstanding wrestler for the second year in a row.
Coach Rick Collins said he is very proud of the team’s success.
“I think the guys did a great job. They wrestled really hard, and represented us really well,” said Collins. “They had some really tough matches, but they pushed through and it was really great to see that. We won our tenth title in a row, and we got the Sportsmanship Award again which is also great. I’m really proud of them for that.”
Senior Joey Karlik won his first Region title of his career this weekend.
“It feels really good because I put in so much work these past six years, and seeing something finally come out of it is really big for me,” said Karlik. “I hope to place in the state tournament, and possibly even take a state title too. This season really showed who was willing to actually go the distance, and it whittled out those who didn’t actually care about wrestling. Our team lost a lot of our big names and still came out on top.”

Kayhi 1st place wrestlers:
106(Girls)-Louisee Bueno
120-Matt Rodriguez
126-Vince Tenebro
132-Brayden Linne
138-Joey Karlik
152-Justin Albecker
160-Devin Dalin
170-Dawson Entwitt
182-Brandon Weiber
195-Cameron Harris
285-Joey Rhoads

Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
113-Patrick Rauwolf
126-Andy Collins
138-Mark Jasper
145-Richard Stuart
160-Nate Eisenhower
195-Sully Schulz
220-Blaise Boor

Kayhi Wrestling Hosts the Region 5 Tournament

The Kayhi wrestling team is hosting the Region V tournament today Friday Dec. 8th, and tomorrow Saturday Dec. 9th. Every southeast team is participating, including the combined Juneau teams. The 3A and girls tournament will start Friday at 4 p.m., the 4A tournament will start Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and the finals will kick off at 7 Saturday night.
Coach Rick Collins said that although the team isn’t what it used to be, they hope to have enough remaining wrestlers to take the Region title for the tenth year in a row.
“We’ve got a lot of injuries still, and a lot of people dealing with disciplinary issues as well as people who quit,” said Collins. “Basically we’re just a shell of what we were supposed to be this year, but I’m really proud of the kids who’ve done the right thing and worked hard through the season. We’ve still got a good product and we still feel that we’ve got a shot at another region title.”
Kayhi seniors Justin Albecker and Nate Eisenhower are both very excited for this year’s region tournament. Albecker said he hopes to see some wrestlers take first place.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment all year. Post season is always my favorite time of year,” said Albecker. “I believe we will still have a great impact at regions, but we are a skeleton of the team we used to have. We’ll still have some state placers for sure though.”
Eisenhower said he is excited that his last regions tournament is at home.
“I have looked forward to my senior year of wrestling for a long time now, it is really exciting to have my last region tournament at home,” said Eisenhower. “I expect if the team performs up to their best capability, we’ll take home another title.”

Wrestling Finishes Sixth

Gavin Salazar & Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team finished sixth at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Invitational with 120.5 points. The Kings had five wrestlers place in the top four in their brackets.
Junior Matthew Rodriguez (6-5) won his first tournament of the season in the 120 weight class.
“It was good getting back on top. It was the first tournament of the year and I won,” said Rodriguez. “I’m ready for regions but, I still have some things I need to work on because I only won by one point in the finals against Conor Norman, and he’ll be my finals match in regions, too.”

1st and 2nd Place Wrestlers:
Matthew Rodriguez – 120
Blaise Boor – 195

Final Tournament before Regions

Fourteen Kayhi wrestlers are heading to Sitka this weekend for their last regular season tournament. All Region V teams will participate in exception of one team from Mount Hood, Oregon.
Senior Joey Karlik said he hopes that this tournament will help him shake off any rust before regions.
“The majority of our team is staying home because they would like to have a bigger break before regions,” said Karlik. “But I feel like I need to wrestle before then and I am rested enough to do that.”

Wrestling Places Ninth

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi varsity wrestling team placed ninth with 82 points at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Nineteen returning state champions were at the tournament, and over 1,000 wrestlers participated.
Kayhi junior Matthew Rodriguez said that even though he didn’t place in the tournament, it was a good learning experience and opportunity to scope out his competition for the year.
“I lost to the second and third best wrestlers in the state at 120, and won my first match to someone from South Anchorage,” said Rodriguez. “I can definitely feel myself getting better each match and am quickly re-leaning the muscle-memory I had last year.”
Kayhi senior Max Collins said he was proud of how well the team did in the duals.
“Everybody really stepped up during the duals in Wasilla. They did an excellent job, it was pretty great,” said Collins. “We won against a highly ranked wrestling team 34-33, and a lot of people had some great matches.”
The Kayhi JV wrestlers took second at the Klawock Round Robin tournament with 91 points total. First year wrestler, junior Jaret Warstler, said this was a great first trip for him.
“It was a real struggle for me because I didn’t have as much technique as all the other wrestlers, and I couldn’t figure out when to do a move on them,” said Warstler. “But considering that I’ve only had three weeks of practice, it went really well. It was definitely a good learning experience for me and gave me a good idea of the things I need to work on.”

Klawock 2nd place wrestlers:
Devin Dalin – 160
Chris Smith – 160B


Wrestling Heads to Wasilla

Gavin Salazar & Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writers

The Kayhi varsity wrestlers, and select JV wrestlers, will travel to the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Wasilla this weekend. The team’s varsity lineup will duel Wasilla on Thursday, and there will be a bracket tournament on Friday and Saturday. Eighteen Kayhi wrestlers will be participating in the tournament.
Coach Rick Collins said he is eager to face some of the best teams in the state.
“We are still not at full strength because of different issues,” said Collins. “But, as always, we will do our best in the duels and the tournament.”
Kayhi junior, Brandon Weiber said he is excited for this tournament.
“I’m ready for the biggest tournament of the year and I feel like it’s a really good opportunity for the team,” said Weiber. “Especially being able to go and experience it, it’s going to be very exciting and memorable.”