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Linne falls in State Final

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team competed at the state tournament on the 21-22nd of May. The D1 division was held at Bartlett High, and the girls competed at Chugiak High. 

The team went up with 12 wrestlers, and came out with 4 placers, with Degan Linne as a finalist.

Linne faced Kobe Ames of East Anchorage in the finals, losing by decision 10-4. Degan’s brother, Brayden Linne, also faced Ames in the state finals Braydens freshman which came out to be Ames first championship. This was Ames’ third and final championship. 

Linne is ready to come back his senior year and take the championship his brother didn’t have the chance to get his senior year, due to injury. 

“The thing I’m most excited about next year is to take home the state title, since my brother didn’t get the chance to his senior year,” Linne said. 

Linne wasn’t the only wrestler who stood out from Ketchikan, senior Charlie Blair and junior Kollin Houthoofd came out placing 5th, and sophomore Liam Moseng placing 6th at the state tournament. 

Coach Rick Collins said that it was hard for some of the wrestlers’ stamina from being out of competition for so long, but they still persisted to perform at a high level, especially Blair.

“Charlie has come along way,” Collins said. “He’s really good at a few things. He has a good mat return, a nice shot, and good escape skills.” 

Collins was also impressed with the effort given from Houthoofd, and is excited to see him excell in the upcoming year. 

“Kollin stepped up and wrestled really well,” Collins said. “I was really proud of him this year, to take that much time off and wrestle with stitches. I was very impressed with his overall performance.”

The wrestling team is graduating two seniors this year, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of the upcoming season.

“Andy and Charlie are the hardest workers in practice, so we’re going to miss that leadership,” Collins said. “I always miss having the old seniors on trips and in the practice room.”

Besides all of the roadblocks for the wrestling team this year, the team is happy for the opportunities they got. Coach Collins is excited for the next season, and is happy with the way this season ended. 

“We were so lucky to be able to have a state tournament this year,” Collins said. “If I didn’t love coaching I wouldn’t be attached to the kids.”

Kayhi Takes Bill Weiss

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.

Wrestling Returns From Wrangell Lockdown

Staff Writer/OliviaBerg

The Kayhi Wrestling Team travelled to Wrangell last Friday to wrestle against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Rick Collins, the Kayhi wrestling coach said the results of this tournament were mostly good.

“We lost a couple that I felt like we should have won,” said Coach Collins. “For the most part we did pretty good, considering this is only our second tournament.”

Coach Collins said that some of his mainline wrestlers did well this weekend.

“Kai Biagi (Junior)  wrestled very well this weekend. He took down a third place state wrestler,” said Coach Collins. “Brock Thomas (Junior)  had a great Friday and wrestled hard, and Charlie Blair (Senior) had a bunch of good wins.”

Charlie Blair, a fourth year member of the wrestling team said that he won all 6 of his matches this weekend.

“Some were closer than others and went into the third period,” said Blair. “The others I took down my opponent quickly.” 

Coach Collins said his team was on lockdown and could only travel to and from the hotel and school, meaning they had to bring all their own food to Wrangell.

“It seemed like everyone did good with bringing their own food,” said coach Collins. “Some kids were overpacked like Seniors Charlie Blair and Andy Collins, but I bought everyone a breakfast sandwich on Saturday morning to make sure they all had energy to wrestle hard.”

Coach Collins said that his team is smaller this year and they have a lot of younger wrestlers on the team. 

“They are improving but it’s a long process,” said Coach Collins. “I believe in coaching in the moment. Once they step off the mat we go through some things they did well or things they need to work on. The goal by the end of the season is to see dramatic improvement.”

Wrestling to Wrangell

Olivia Berg/Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team will be traveling to Wrangell this weekend. Kayhi will be competing against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Prior to traveling, Wrangell requires that the teams receive negative covid tests due to wrestling being a high contact sport. 

“We will be taking rapid covid tests here at Kayhi ahead of time to be cleared for travel,” said coach Collins. “But this week we had to take covid tests at the airport on Tuesday night after practice.”

Coach Collins said there was some confusion about where they were going to stay in Wrangell and if they would be allowed to leave the school or not. 

“We will be staying in a hotel, but they don’t want us walking around town or going to any stores,” said coach Collins “We will be taking food so that we don’t have to go to the grocery store.” 

Andy Collins, a senior on the Kayhi wrestling team has prepared for this tournament with some meal prepping. 

“I precooked some steak and chicken for protein, and packed some sandwich stuff for long lasting energy,” said Andy Collins. “I will also be bringing gatorade for hydration as well as some fruit, protein bars, and nuts.”

Charlie Blair, also a senior on the team, said that he and Andy worked together to get all their food together for Wrangell. 

“We cooked and packed our food together,” said Blair. “We have one big cooler with our snacks, and then a smaller one inside to make sure our meat stays cold.” 

Coach Collins said that his goal is to keep improving each tournament and that they are trying to get better and better throughout the season. 

“We were rusty last weekend,” said coach Collins. “Most kids have had over a year off from wrestling so it’s just a work in progress.”

Wrestling Returns From First Meet

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team went to Juneau this weekend and competed in their first tournament of the season. Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka and Mount Edgecumbe also participated in Juneau. 

Rick Collins, the Kayhi wrestling coach said that the tournament went pretty well, considering they had a late start to their season and haven’t gotten as many practices in before this tournament as they would have in a normal year.

“We had some inexperienced guys wrestle pretty hard,” said coach Collins. “We have a lot of work ahead of us but it was a decent start.” 

Coach Collins said the wrestling team has a curriculum of techniques they go through every season, and they will continue to learn from mistakes as the season progresses. 

“We will analyze things we did wrong this weekend or areas that need more work,” said Collins. “Improve conditioning and build a solid foundation for the end of the season.” 

Andy Collins, a senior and fourth year member of the wrestling team had a rough first weekend of wrestling. 

Andy Collins cut nine pounds on friday to make it into his desired weight class of 152lbs which he said affected his abilities on the mat.

“I was super weak and had no energy,” said Collins. “By the second period I felt like I couldn’t lift my arms and then I got pinned.”

Andy Collins said even though he lost this weekend, he had to cut the weight and it’s all just practice for the state competition. 

“I’m learning from the mistakes I made in Juneau,” said Andy Collins. “I’m going to perfect them for next weekend and keep working hard.”

Wrestling to First Meet

Staff Writer/Carter Effenberger 

The Kayhi Kings will be wrestling at their first meet this year at Juneau starting on Friday. The team has had some challenges they are facing this year such as COVID, Masks, and distancing.

Coach Rick Collins said that wearing a mask has been a difficult challenge during wrestling.

“The biggest obstacle this year is having to wear a mask during practice and competition.” said Collins. “The mask is a big deal because it’s a very anaerobic sport, meaning that you just can’t get enough oxygen normally to do what you need to do in a wrestling match cause you get really really out of breath and it is super intense.

Senior Andy Collins said the masks will be extremely difficult to keep on.

“The Covid protocols for wrestling are unfair,” said Andy. “The masks make it very hard to breathe and perform for the best of our ability.” 

Other than the many articles this year, Coach Collins and the team are prepared and looking forward to the meet this weekend.

 “Yeah I definitely am looking forward to the meet this weekend” said Collins. “Other than The fact that there is going to be a lot different this year, we are definitely looking forward to it.”

“I feel prepared this weekend but I’m not in the shape I want to be in for the peak of the season.” said Andy.

Wrestlers head to State

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Twenty-three Kayhi wrestlers will compete in the state tournament starting Friday and finishing Saturday night.

Junior Andy Collins is a 3-time state qualifier and a 2-time region champion and has his eyes on a trip to the Finals this year. 

“My weight class is tough,” said Collins. “ I can’t just go out there cold, I need to be warm and ready to bang heads.”

Wrestling often has its upsets, which will give several Kings the opportunity to advance. 

“Technically everyone has a shot at winning which is the beauty of wrestling, you can be down 12-15 and then put someone on their back and pin them and win, things like that can happen and happen a lot. 

 

Wrestling makes it 12 straight

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

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:
119-Degan Linne
130-Kollin Houthoofd
135-Brock Thomas
140-Charlie Blair
142-Andy Collins

 Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
103-Louissee Bueno (Girls)
103-Kristian Kellogg
112-Autumn Elsner (Girls)
112-Luke Rauwolf
119-Ruby McCue (Girls)
119-Nathan Mowery
125-Ada Odden (Girls)
125-Kai Biagi
130-Hayley Gilson (Girls)
135-John Call
152-Tyler Manypenny
160-Makena Johansen (Girls)
160-Seth Webb
189-Chris Harris
215-Francis Sherman
285-Liam Moseng

Boys
Ketchikan 201
Juneau 183

Girls
Mt. Edgecumbe 130
Ketchikan 81
Petersburg 54

Wrestling competes for 12th straight title

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the Region V Tournament in Craig this weekend. The girls tournament will begin Friday and the boys will begin Saturday.

The Kayhi boys have won 11 straight region tournamentsand hope to keep the streak alive.

“We’re hoping to win again and get out twelfth consecutive title,”said Collins.

Every team in Southeast will be competing in the girls tournament. For the boys they will be divided into their divisions. Kayhi boys are Division 1 and will compete against the new combined Juneau team.

Five of Kayhi’s 11 Region Champs graduated and Coach Collins said that Regions will be a tough tournament for the boys and that Juneau has a club team and gets way more matches than Kayhi does.

“That makes it an uphill battle and makes this tournament really close,”said Collins.

Senior Sully Schulz will compete in his last ever regional tournament this weekend but is ready to compete and is confident going into this tournament.

“I’m sad it’s all coming to an end, but I need to stay focused and ready to wrestle,” said Schulz. “I already have a bye to the finals, since I am the first seed. I’m confident I’ll do well and come home with the bracket.”

Schulz said he believes Kayhi will win their twelfth Region title but it will be a tight tournament since 5 of Kayhi’s 11 Regions champs graduated last year.

“I feel confident that we will win but it will be a close one, closer than usual,” said Schulz.“The team really has to show up this weekend if we really want to win. We have to want it.”

Defending state champ Ruby Massin and  Kayhi sophomore Hayley Gilson were both in the 135 weight class at the start of the season. Gilson best Massin every match this season. Two weeks ago Massin dropped down a weight class.

Gilson said she is excited for Regions but is keeping her emotions under control and staying focused.

“I’m ready for regions but I have had a couple set backs these last couple weeks,” said Gilson.

Girls will begin wrestling tonight at 5 p.m. and boys will begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

Kings Take First In Sitka

Sullivan Schulz
Sports Editor

The Kayhi wrestling team took first last weekend in Sitka scoring a total of 171.5 points. Twenty more points than the 2nd place Mt. Edgecumbe Braves. Kayhi had a total of 9 placers. Junior Charlie Blair and sophomore Kristain Kelogg were the only 2 to take first place. Junior Andy Collins came in second place losing to Wrangell’s Hunter Wiederspohn for the third time this year.
“Every time I’ve wrestled him I come with in 2 points.” Collins said. “It sucks that I don’t have another opportunity to wrestle him again, but I’m gonna use this loss to fuel me going into regions and the state tournament.” 
On the girls side sophomores Ruby McCue and Ada Odden both came in second place. All the girls combined scored a total of 39 of the 171.5 total team points. 
Both team will not be competing until the region tournament on December 14.