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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.

Wrestling tops East, Chugiak; sets sights to Colony tournament

By Rudy Pankow
Staff Writer

Fresh off wins over East Anchorage (54-30) and Chugiak (45-35) the Kayhi wrestling team will now focus on the task at hand. Tonight the Kings will begin a two-day tournament at Colony. Defending state champions sophomore Max Collins and senior Nate Fousel said that they are up to the challenge.
“The level of competition is a lot higher and I tend to wrestle better when the competition is higher and express my full potential,” said Fousel.
Collins agreed, “I’ve been practicing really hard and I feel like we will do great.”