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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.

Wrestling Travels to Sitka

Sullivan Schulz
Sports Editor

Kayhi Kings wrestling will be traveling to Sitka this weekend to participate in the Mt.Edgecumbe Invitational. All teams in Southeast will attend the tournament. Junior Andy Collins said the tournament  was very important.
“After the boys performance at the Lancer we really need to step it up and get our head in the game.” Collins said. “This is our last shot to make a real name for ourselves before the region tournament, so we all just have to go hard, and show who the Kings are.” 
The Lady Kings team will also be traveling to the tournament. Sophomore Hayley Gilson said she is pumped for the tournament this weekend.
“The Lancer was just the first step, I have to prepare for the real competition that is the state tournament.” Gilson said. “As for the rest of the girls, I’m really excited, Ada is so close to winning the state tournament, and I think this will be a good weekend to prepare her for it.” 
The tournament will begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

Gilson makes history, Collins 5th for boys

Sully Schulz
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings wrestling team had their first ever first place winner in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament. Hayley Gilson (25-3, undefeated in her weight class) took first beating Jaron Mute of Bethel 5-3. Fellow sophomore Ada Odden finished second losing 4-3 to Sadie Blake of Homer.  Together Gilson and Odden went 8-1 with seven pins .

Head Coach Rick Collins said he is proud of the lady’s performance this weekend.

“The ladies had a great weekend.” Collins said. “They all worked real hard, and we came out with our first ever Lancer Smith champion. Ada had a rough match in the finals, but I think she’s more than capable of beating her in the state tournament come December.”

The boys varsity team did not perform as well. Amongst all 15 weight classes the boys had only one place taker, junior captain Andy Collins (19-6) who took 5th in the 152 pound weight class. Collins said he wishes he went into this tournament with a different mindset. 

“If I could go back and change something about this weekend it would be my mindset,” said Collins. “I underestimated the 3rd and 4th seed and I suffered for it, definitely wish I could have a do over on those 2 matches.”

Captain Charlie Blair (18-2) said that everyone didn’t have the right mindset this weekend. 

“Everybody just looked shocked this weekend,” said Blair. “I don’t know if it’s because of the mere size of the tournament or lack of rest, but on Friday our team did not look ready to wrestle. I’m hoping by the state tournament we’ve all got our heads in the right place.” 

Both teams will travel to Sitka this Thursday and will wrestle Friday and Saturday. 

Wrestling Travels for Lancer Smith Tournament

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi will travel to Anchorage this weekend to compete in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament, one of the biggest high school wrestling tournaments in Alaska.

“This tournament has got all the top large schools [and] small school wrestlers in the state,” said Coach Rick Collins

Kayhi has never had anyone win this tournament. Coach Collins believes sophomore Hayley Gilson (15-2) has a shot at winning a bracket and becoming Kayhi’s first Lance Smith tournament winner. 

“If I was going to pick anyone that had the best chance to final it would be Hayley,” said Collins. 

This tournament is very important for seeding at state, the wrestlers will be wrestling against people that they will see at state. Collins said getting a win against their opponents will help the wrestlers when they get to state.  

“It’s good for seeding in that you’ll see other top wrestlers, and so wins against common opponents or head to head victories will help you when you get to the state tournament,” said Collins.

Lancer Smith has two brackets for the boys, a varsity one and a JV one. On the girls side they only have one bracket, just varsity. Collins is taking 24 wrestlers to Wasilla, nine in the varsity bracket, nine in the JV, and six for the girls bracket. 

On Thursday Kayhi will dual with Wasilla, then start the 2-day tournament Friday. 

Kings win Bill Weiss

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

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

Bill Weiss starts Thursday

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

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

Gilson Leads Girls’ Wrestling

Hayley Gilson competing at a wrestling tournament

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

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.