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Kings honor seniors by throttling Juneau schools
Kayhi's Joe Chadwell, right, goes for a takedown while wrestling Thunder Mountain's Dylan Taylor in the 145-pound weight class Saturday at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. Chadwell won the match with a pin. Staff photo by Hall Anderson


By A.J. JANKOWSKI

Daily News Sports Editor

Wearing calf-high Batman socks, the Ketchikan High School team’s six seniors didn’t need utility belts to blow by their opponents Saturday evening — their normal arsenal of moves and unwavering determination did the trick.

Kayhi sent its seniors off in impressive fashion, steamrolling both Juneau schools by a combined score of 153-6 in the final two dual meets at home for Isaac Lontz, Logan Collins, Joe Chadwell, Dalton Spear, Craig DeBoer and Cody Ring.

"That was awesome," said Kayhi head coach Bill McLaughlin of his team’s performance. "I know it looks lopsided, but Juneau (Douglas) and Thunder Mountain do have some good wrestlers. We just — we handled them."

The socks were the brainchild of DeBoer, the Kings’ 160-pound senior. The seniors wore Batman socks, and the Kayhi coaches — McLaughlin and assistant coach Greg Molby — lifted their pant legs to show similar-styled Superman socks.

"It's about the kids," said McLaughlin of his decision to play along. "If that's something they like, then what the heck."

The evening started with McLaughlin honoring the team’s six seniors, and unveiling last year’s Southeast championship banner — the 18th of its kind for the wrestling team.

Then the Kings showed how close they are to No. 19, blanking Thunder Mountain 78-0 before defeating Juneau-Douglas 75-6.

Even with both dual meets well in hand because of 13 forfeits, each Kayhi grappler stepped onto the mat with the demeanor that their match would decide the meet.

"It's a saying we have: Respect everyone, fear no one," McLaughlin said. "On any given day, anyone can do anything. We've got to go out there ready to go, thinking this guy can throw me on my back and pin me if I'm not getting after it."

Against the Falcons, five Kings recorded pins, and seven of the team’s eight wins earned bonus points.

Lontz, Ring, Chadwell and DeBoer each got pins, and Spear scored a technical-fall victory over Brylie Yadao. Spear recorded two takedowns and got Yadao on his back five times before the bout was called at 18-1 less than three minutes in.

Ring stuck Rick Johnson in the first period of the heavyweight match to clinch the shutout.

"That's all mental toughness," McLaughlin said. "They got after it. You can't ask for much more out of a group of guys."

The Kings-Crimson Bears dual started with five forfeits in Kayhi’s favor, before Collins pinned Alexander Muir 32 seconds into their bout. Chadwell followed his classmate up with a 6-2 decision over Riley Moser in the 145-pound match.

"Moser's a crafty wrestler," McLaughlin said. "He likes to wrestle things close. Do I think he can beat Joe ever? I don't see it, but he's smart enough to keep it within striking distance, so if Joe does something silly, anything can happen."

Chadwell kept his composure throughout the match, scoring a reversal immediately after Moser got a takedown in the first period. It was the first time a King was taken down in the first 10 bouts of the night.

Tied 2-2 at the start of the second period, Chadwell chose bottom before escaping and scoring a takedown. After a post-whistle throw by Moser granted Chadwell another point, the senior rode the Crimson Bear for the entire third period to earn the decision.

Keeping in the trend of Kayhi seniors winning, Spear and DeBoer followed up Collins and Chadwell with a pair of pins themselves.

Kayhi’s lone loss of the day came when Robert Williams — a 170-pounder wrestling at 182 — was pinned by J-D’s Jerry Hudson.

Hudson’s pin came with less than a minute remaining in the third period, after both wrestlers had the other in trouble.

"(Williams) wrestled great," McLaughlin said. "He walked by me and said, 'Sorry coach.' I was like, 'You have nothing to be sorry for. You wrestled a heck of a match.'"

Caleb Ford ended the night by pinning Tulensa Timothy with 45 seconds left in the first period of their 220-pound bout.

The three teams wrestle in two weeks at the region tournament at Juneau-Douglas. Unless the Kings wrestle as their mild-mannered alter egos, there’s little reason to believe Kayhi — superhero socks and all — won’t be flying high heading into February’s state tournament in Anchorage.

"We missed some stuff out there," McLaughlin said. "We'll go back and work on those, and we'll taper up to get ready for regions and try to be optimal and at our best for the state tournament."

Saturday’s results

Kayhi 78, Thunder Mountain 0

98 pounds: Trevor Wutzke (KTN) forfeit

106: Marcus Martin (KTN) maj. dec. Edwin Meyer (TM) 9-1

113: Kadin Hallstrom (KTN) forfeit

120: Josh Danoa (KTN) forfeit

126: Keenan Spencer (KTN) forfeit

132: Isaac Lontz (KTN) pin fall Hunter Boyer (TM) 1:33

138: Logan Collins (KTN) forfeit

145: Joe Chadwell (KTN) pin fall Dylan Taylor (TM) 2:26

152: Dalton Spear (KTN) tech. fall Brylie Yadao (TM) 18-1 (2:49)

160: Craig DeBoer (KTN) pin fall Taylor (TM) 0:29

170: Robert Williams (KTN) dec. Blake Phillips (TM) 5-1

182: Nate Fousel (KTN) pin fall Lianno Vejar (TM) 1:59

220: Caleb Ford (KTN) forfeit

Hvy: Cody Ring (KTN) pin fall Rick Johnson (TM) 1:03

Kayhi 75, Juneau-Douglas 6

106: Marcus Martin (KTN) forfeit

113: Kadin Hallstrom (KTN) forfeit

120: Josh Danoa (KTN) forfeit

126: Keenan Spencer (KTN) forfeit

132: Isaac Lontz (KTN) forfeit

138: Logan Collins (KTN) pin fall Alexander Muir (JD) 0:32

145: Joe Chadwell (KTN) dec. Riley Moser (JD) 6-2

152: Dalton Spear (KTN) pin fall Austin Gonzales (JD) 3:39

160: Craig DeBoer (KTN) pin fall John Nichols (JD) 0:43

170: Nate Fousel (KTN) pin fall Taylor Sutak (JD) 2:16

182: Jerry Hudson (JD) pin fall Robert Williams (KTN) 5:28

220: Caleb Ford (KTN) pin fall Tulensa Timothy (JD) 1:15

Hvy: Cody Ring (KTN) forfeit

98: Trevor Wutzke (KTN) forfeit