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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.”

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.

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.

Kayhi Wrestlers at state

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings wrestling team placed seventh out of 18 teams in the state tournament. Coach Rick Collins felt that the team competed well.
“All in all they wrestled well. We had a couple heartbreaking losses, but for the most part we won matches that I felt we should,” said Collins. “I was really pleased with everyone’s effort.”
Sophomore Andy Collins and Senior Brandon Weiber (who both placed 5th) have really impressed coach Collins.
“Andy Collins looked amazing. He has improved so much this year, and is probably our most improved wrestler on the season,” said Collins. “He ended up with three pins, definitely the most on the team. He really is a dangerous wrestler, it was fun to watch. Brandon Weiber lost his first match to an unseeded wrestler, but then came back and fought through the back side of the bracket.  I thought that was super impressive.”
Senior Brandon Weiber thought the team did better than expected.
“I am happy with placing 5th, but I felt like I could have placed 3rd,” said Weiber. “I did not think we as a team were going to do as good as we did, so that was fun to see.”
Senior Matthew Rodriguez got pinned for his first time ever at the state tournament.
“He made a mistake and ended up getting caught and pinned,” said Collins. “We were hoping to get a victory, but he ended up falling short.
Coach Collins will miss the Patrick Rauwolf and the other seniors on the team.
“Patrick finished with 3rd at state, making this the 3rd time he has placed at state. That is super impressive because many wrestlers never place,” said Collins.  It will be sad to see him and the other seniors graduate. We are just thankful for all the time we got to spend with them.”

State Placers:
Degan Linne (32-6) – 3rd place (103)
Patrick Rauwolf (24-8) – 3rd place (119)
Brandon weiber (31-5) – 5th place (189)
Andy collins (29-7) – 5th place (140)


Kings win 11th straight Regional Tournament


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Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings wrestling team took first for the 11th straight regional tournament. Kayhi had 10 region champions. Senior Matthew Rodriguez was selected as the most outstanding wrestler, and took first in his weight class.
“I feel that I did very well,” Rodriguez said. “I had a super close match in the finals, but it feels great to come out on top. I think I had a great weekend.”
Senior Patrick Rauwolf, defeated Kayhi’s own Kollin Houthoofd by dec. 5-2, and felt great after finally winning a region tournament.
“It feels great to take first in my weight class,” Rauwolf said. “After three years of losing in the finals, I finally pulled off a win.”
Brayden Linne was relieved that his ankle injury didn’t affect his performance.
“I was a little bit worried about how my ankle would affect my matches, but I was just fine,” Linne said. “I am really looking forward to the state tournament. I think I have a good chance of being a state champion this year.”
Senior Brandon Weiber went in to the Region V tournament with a winning mindset.
“I went into regions being very confident,” Weiber said. “Mindset is huge when you are going into a big tournament. I told myself I was going to win, and thats what happened.”
Next weekend, 17 wrestlers will travel to Anchorage to compete in the state tournament.

Region Champions:
Patrick Rauwolf
Kai Biagi
Brayden Linne
Carson Cowan
Richard Stuart
Matthew Rodriguez
Degan Linne
Brandon Wieber
Andy Collins
Charlie Blair

State Qualifiers:
Patrick Rauwolf (119)
Kai Biagi (112)
Brayden Linne (145)
Carson Cowan (160)
Richard Stuart (152)
Matthew Rodriguez (125)
Degan Linne (103)
Ada Odden (125)
Brandon Wieber (189)
Charlie Blair (130)
Louisse Bueno (103)
Andy Collins (140)
Hayley Gilson (135)
Kollin Houthoofd (119)
Conor Ray (160)
Benjamin Tabb (135)
Brock Thomas (130)


Wrestling to Regions

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Patrick Rauwolf looks to close his career with a region championship

Staff Writer
Carter Thomas

The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the regional tournament in Juneau this weekend. The Kings have won 10 region V tournaments in a row, and hope to continue the streak. The Kings will compete against Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain for the title. Senior Patrick Rauwolf (ranked 3rd in state) believes that he will be able to take first in his weight class, despite his loss in the finals last year.
“I did lose last year, but I am much more confident,” Rauwolf said. “I really only have a few easy matches to win my weight class.”
Senior Brayden Linne (ranked 1st in state) was named the most outstanding wrestler last year for the second time in a row.
“I think Ketchikan is going to dominate,” Linne said. “I think I will win my weight class, and our team will win the tournament. The regions tournament is pretty easy for us to win, and you can see that in the last 10 years.”
Coach Rick Collins has high hopes for Brayden Linne.
“He is definitely outstanding. In my mind he should win the region tournament, and will be a state champ this year”
Coach Collins said that Brayden has been dealing with an injury since the Lancer Smith.
“He’s been going some light wrestling, but hasn’t been going 100% due to the injury. He is not getting full reps, so I am worried about that. I expect him to win a state title reasonably easy this year. The ankle injury will make it a little bit harder.”
Collins believes that the team will win the regional tournament.
“I certainly expect us to win regions,” Coach Collins said. “JD and Thunder Mountain are combined, and they definitely could be better. We’ve got 6 guys that are expected to be seeded and placers at the state tournament. I would expect all 6 of those guys to do extremely well in the region tournament.”
Senior Brandon Weiber (ranked 3rd at state), a 2x regional champ,  believes he can win this tournament easily.
“I think I will win my 3rd straight regional title this weekend,” Wieber said. “Although the competition in my weight class is decent, I believe I can take it easily.”
Junior Sullivan Schultz, who took 2nd in regions last year, has a tough road to first place.
“I believe I will go to the finals. Taking first will be difficult, because of how hard my opponent is, but I believe if I work hard I can win”



Tonight is the annual rent-a-wrestler auction, it will be at 5:30 in the Kayhi commons. Tickets are $10 for a a pulled pork sandwich and a side of coleslaw. Made from the Kayhi culinary students.

Junior Sullivan Schulz (170)  and senior Brandon Wieber (189) are members of the team.

Wieber: Sully are you ready for tonight? Your third ever Rent-A-Wrestler auction.

Schulz: Yeah I’m excited, I’m getting auctioned off with a Misty Fjords Tour for two. How much you think you’re going to be sold for this year?  

Wieber: Bro, I’m going to be sold for at least $250. I have $225 worth of donations from O’Reilly’s. A 67-piece tool set, light bar, emergency kit, and a hand truck, pretty good deal. It’s pretty sweet that these companies donate so much to us and they don’t get much back besides some appreciation.

Schulz: Dude! No way you go for more than me, I’m saying I go for at least $350. Last year I only went for $200, but this year I think that my Misty Fjord tour should be a huge hit.

Wieber: Debatable….
I’m thinking whoever loses has to buy the other person 3 pieces of pizza from Gold Pan or a skookie. Actually, if you go for $425 i’ll take you to lunch for the rest of the week.

Schulz: You’re on bro… I’m going to embarrass you when I go for at least $150 more than you. Same goes for you, you beat me or go for 425$ I’ll buy all your food at regions.  

Wieber: Dude, you just typed the dollar sign after the number! Lund’s going to be mad.

Schulz: Bro chill out, he told us not to worry about editing while we were typing.

Wieber: Well to be good on and off the mat you have to make sure you don’t make sucky mistakes. So, since you made a mistake on this debate you will not go for anywhere near $300.

Schulz: Yeah okay, think what you want Wieber. I wonder what we’re gonna do this year, sometimes the jobs the people have us do sucks sometimes.

Wieber: Yeah true, one time though I went to a cabin and power washed their dock. I stayed out there one night and they fed me a really good dinner.

Schulz: Last year, I helped my uncle move a fridge and a freezer, and he’s still talking about me owing him more work.

Wieber: This being my last year showed me that helping people is a nice thing to do and i’ll miss being able to do just this.

Schulz: Yeah the work sucks, but it’s so worth it. With the money we earn from the auction, we get to go on dope trips like Juneau and Wasilla.

Wieber: If you think about it, what if we go as a duo or get bought by the same person. All my stuff and all your stuff. Those people would be getting a good set of items, especially with two huge guys.

Schulz: If we went as a duo we could go for double the amount we thought. My items combined with yours would be appealing to people.

Wieber: Yeah that would be sick, class just got out, I’ll see you tonight bro.